TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platform

TineGo logoTuneGO, a data driven music A&R startup has completed a Series B financing totaling more than $7.7 million. Private equity firm Falcon Capital led the round. TuneGO will use the funds to enhance its technology platform and global infrastructure, which is already being used by many leading music and entertainment companies.

Continue reading "TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platform" »


How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 1]

1In part one of this three phase series, Justina Grayman describes the process of raising the necessary money to successful fund the production of dance video. In phase one she details the creation and communication of a community-oriented vision.

Continue reading "How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 1]" »


Live Nation Launches Fund To Back Female Founded Live Music Businesses

LivenationLive Nation has established the Women Nation Fund, an early-stage investment fund focused on female-led live music businesses.  It will provide access to the company’s resources and capital for underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the concert promotions, events, and festival spaces.

Continue reading "Live Nation Launches Fund To Back Female Founded Live Music Businesses " »


Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Amasses $30M War Chest To Shakeup Ticketing

image from celebrityaccess.comFormer Ticketmaster exec Nathan Hubbard recently announced plans to take on the ticketing giant with the formation of a brand new company he’s calling Rival. The Los Angeles-based startup has raised more than $30 million in venture capital over the last 18 months.

Continue reading "Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Amasses $30M War Chest To Shakeup Ticketing" »


With US IPO, Tencent Is Set To Become Next Big North American Streaming Company

1Chinese streaming company Tencent Music is rumored to be headed for an Initial Public Offering in the very near future, with a valuation high enough to make it the fourth biggest streaming company in North America.

Continue reading "With US IPO, Tencent Is Set To Become Next Big North American Streaming Company" »


Midemlab Names 2018 Finalists: The Future Of Music Tech

image from cdn.pixabay.comMidemlab has named 20 finalists for 2018. Now that SXSW has downgraded the category, this startup competition is, along with a handful music tech incubators like LA's Techstars Music, Nashville's Project Music and London's Abbey Road Red, the best early indicator of what's coming next in music tech. 

Continue reading "Midemlab Names 2018 Finalists: The Future Of Music Tech" »


Spotify Stock Rising Ahead Of Today's Earnings Report

Spotify newSpotify [NYSE: SPOT] climbed all day ahead of a today's earnings report. The stock was up 4% to $170.50, as of 2:45 ET. This, the streamer's first report since going public, was garnering positive forecasts from analysts.@hypebot will be live tweeting the earnings report starting at 5PM ET.& Read whatthe analysts and what we expect here.

Continue reading "Spotify Stock Rising Ahead Of Today's Earnings Report" »


No Fee TickPick Acquires Razorgator, Adds 1M Users

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.com[UPDATED] No-fee ticket marketplace TickPick has acquired  ticket reseller Razorgator. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Razorgator had raised $60 million in funding from Oak, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Steamboat since 2001.

Continue reading "No Fee TickPick Acquires Razorgator, Adds 1M Users" »


Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO

VEZT logoVEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

Continue reading "Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO" »


Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) To Report Q1 Results May 2

Spotify New $Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) will report its first quarter 2018 financial results on Wednesday, May 2nd, after the market closes. It is the first time that the music streamer has reported financial results since going public earlier this month.

Continue reading "Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) To Report Q1 Results May 2 " »


A&R Meets AI: Why Your Next Label Rep Could Be A Robot

1While record label talent scouting may have seemed like one bastion of the industry that was safe from artificial intelligence, Warner Music Group clearly feels differently, having recently acquired Sodatone, a startup which uses technology to identify unsigned talent.

Continue reading "A&R Meets AI: Why Your Next Label Rep Could Be A Robot" »


Hi-Rez Streamer Qobuz Names CEO, Plots Summer US Launch

image from i0.wp.comQobuz, the EU based high resolution music streaming and download service, has named music-industry vet Yann Miossec as CEO. Miossec was EVP of Warner Music France. and is tasked with expanding into the American market, scheduled for the summer of 2018.

Continue reading "Hi-Rez Streamer Qobuz Names CEO, Plots Summer US Launch" »


Shovels And Rope Talk Running Their Own Festival [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview NoiseTrade sat down with indie-folk duo Shovels and Rope to discuss the own managed and curated festival, High Water, a year after its initial launch, as well as what they've learned throughout the process, and what we can expect from the festival in the future.

Continue reading "Shovels And Rope Talk Running Their Own Festival [INTERVIEW]" »


Spotify-Backed 'Soundtrack Your Brand' Cuts Direct Deals

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comSpotify-backed music streaming service Soundtrack Your Brand today announced direct deals with hundreds of music labels, publishers, and collection societies including Sony/ATV, Kobalt, WarnerChappel, ICE (PRS/GEMA/STIM),  BMG, ASCAP, SOCAN, SABAM, and APRA.  

Continue reading "Spotify-Backed 'Soundtrack Your Brand' Cuts Direct Deals" »


Spotify Acquires Music Licensing Platform Loudr

image from performermag.comSpotify has acquired music licensing platform Loudr. The company was founded in 2013 to build services that make it easy for content creators, aggregators and digital music services to identify, track and pay royalties to music publishers. 

Continue reading "Spotify Acquires Music Licensing Platform Loudr" »


Sony Sells $250M Spotify Stock, Labels Eye $3B Windfall

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkThe three major label groups own Spotify stock now valued at as much a $3 billion. That's led to speculation about what the major record labels will do with their equity stake, now that the music streamer has started trading publicly, as well as, how they will share their windfall with artists.

Continue reading "Sony Sells $250M Spotify Stock, Labels Eye $3B Windfall" »


London Calling: What the US Can Learn From The UK About Defending Local Music And Arts Communities

1[UPDATED] The UK has earned a reputation as a musical powerhouse, churning out globally renowned groundbreaking artists, bands and DJs. But how? - with the backing of the government. At a time when the Trump administration is adamant on pulling public funding for local artists, community projects and public radio, McIntyre details what the US can learn from the UK’s art scene.

Continue reading "London Calling: What the US Can Learn From The UK About Defending Local Music And Arts Communities " »