#ThrowbackWednesday: Music/Tech startups of 2010
A fun thing that popped up in one of the Music Ally team’s Facebook Memories this morning: our ‘New Music Startups and Services: H1 2010’ report that we published six years ago today.
August 10, 2016
What would user-centric streaming payouts really mean for artists?
Could Spotify and other music streaming services answer their musician critics by changing the way they calculate their payouts? The debate about whether these companies should switch to a "user-centric" model is growing...
August 18, 2015
WiMP brand to be retired in favour of Tidal
Scandinavian streaming service WiMP is being rebranded as Tidal, the other service launched by its parent company Aspiro before its recent acquisition by a company owned by Jay Z. Tidal is now the main brand across the world,...
March 24, 2015
Jay Z’s Tidal talks: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna and more
Jay Z’s acquisition of WiMP and Tidal owner Aspiro has now been approved, with the company’s CEO Andy Chen describing the deal as “a game-changing move for Tidal” – which appears to be the lead brand for the streaming...
March 16, 2015
Jay Z’s bid for Aspiro back on after small shareholders accept
A flurry of 99 Problems-related headlines yesterday, as Jay Z’s bid for WiMP and Tidal parent company Aspiro got back on track. The group of minority shareholders in the firm that had been threatening to block the move...
March 12, 2015
Jay-Z’s Aspiro bid rejected by minority shareholders
Well, rejected for now, it’s fair to say: there’s likely to be a period of negotiation for Jay-Z’s Project Panther Bidco to try to win round the 10% of minority shareholders in Aspiro, with a deadline of 11 March to...
March 5, 2015
Aspiro minority shareholders protest about Jay-Z acquisition
The purchase of WiMP and Tidal’s parent company Aspiro by Jay-Z’s Project Panther looks a done deal, given that it’s already been approved by the company’s board and major shareholders. However, minority shareholders...
February 26, 2015
Jay Z could adopt a premium strategy for Aspiro
We sent out an alert on Friday about the news that a company owned by Jay Z has tabled a bid for Aspiro, the parent firm of streaming services WiMP and Tidal. Industry consultant Mark Mulligan pegged it as a “let’s...
February 2, 2015
Will Jay Z’s Aspiro acquisition be the blueprint for streaming success?
It's a good day if you like streaming music surprises: Jay Z is buying Aspiro, the Scandinavian company behind streaming services WiMP and Tidal. Project Panther, a company owned by the rapper's S. Carter Enterprises, has...
January 30, 2015
Tidal launches lossless streaming service in US and UK
Aspire announced plans to rebrand its WiMP HiFi streaming service as Tidal for non-Scandinavian markets earlier this year. Yesterday Tidal went live in its first two countries: the US and UK. The details were already known:...
October 29, 2014
WiMP takes its high-def streaming service to US and UK as Tidal
Scandinavian streaming music service WiMP is launching in the US and UK, and sensibly, has come up with a new brand that has less connotations of weakness. The new service will be called Tidal, and it launches in the autumn....
September 4, 2014
WiMP CFO steps up to parent company, including RADR Music News
On the face of it, Christopher Hart’s promotion from chief financial officer of streaming service WiMP to a similar role at its parent company Aspiro is a standard internal promotion story. However, the reference in...
August 18, 2014