After several hugely successful Hypebot sponsored music and tech meetups in San Francisco and LA, we're taking on New York City. Details on how to register are below. And we're thinking about expanding the meetups to Nashville this fall. Please contact us, if you'd like to be involved there.
Increasingly mainstream music organizations are placing relatively small bets on music-related technology startups. Doppler Labs is not the first foray into music tech for investors Live Nation, Universal Music Group or William Morris.
We all have a favorite song, and if we think about it, there's probably that one certain point in our favorite song where everything about it seems to come together and all we want to do is listen again and again... so we do. Now there's an app that finds "the drop" for you.
Snoop Dogg brought out his latest album, Bush, the other week. But if you were keeping an eye out for it in the kinds of places album releases are usually trumpeted, you’d have been forgiven for missing it.
Don't expect Spotify's free tier to go away anytime soon. Despite public protests, the major labels, all of whom own stock in Spotify, will not do anything to hurt the music streamer. After all, they stand to gain handsomely when Spotify goes public. While no IPO date has been set, it appears to be getting much closer.
Live Nation owned Ticketmaster is the dominate live event ticketer in the U.S. and many overseas markets. Today, they moved to extend that dominance with 2 acquisitions - one a competitor associated with C3 and its mega-festivals and the other aimed at the D.I.Y. market.
Timing, particularly in the entertainment industry, is everything. So, it is no coincidence that right after Apple Music launches, Spotify just happens to close a $526 million round that has been an open secret since April.
This weekend 16 international teams of music tech hackers joined the 5th annual Music Hack Day at the Midem music conference in Cannes, France. I'm most intrigued by FanBox and The Catheruperer, but its another great hack that took home the prize.
Helping fans discover and buy tickets to concerts is a problem Songkick, BandsInTown, BandPage and others are each battling to solve; and looking over their shoulders is the Ticketmaster/Live Nation giant. Each has taken a different approach; and today Songkick shifted gears, merging with CrowdSurge.
Believe Digital continues to make aggressive moves in its quest to become a dominant global player in digital music and video. Recently the company acquired TuneCore and now it's gotten a $60 million infusion from a venture capitalist already heavily invested in the sector.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, I talk with Nicole Cifani, who is a marketing lead at Chosen, a talent competition app. I talk to Nicole about what Chosen is and how she landed a job at the company. We also talk about what exactly it means to “gamify” the music experience.
So much is written about major U.S. startup hubs like Silicon Valley, NYC and even Austin, that it's easy to forget that some of very interesting work is being done elsewhere. Thanks in part to an innovative collective, Finland is becoming a hotbed of music tech innovation.
Former Rhapsody exec Jon Maples has written a number of smart pieces for Hypebot and been interviewed on our Upward Spiral podcast. So we were quite pleased to hear that he's joined the growing team at 8Tracks.
Our prediction that 2015 would be a big year for music tech mergers and acquisitions is proving accurate. Today, Pandora, online radio's dominate player, announced that it has acquired Next Big Sound, a pioneer in digital music analytics.
2015 is turning out to be an important year for Soundcloud. Rightholders are pushing hard for compensation, but have been slow to sign deals; thus, thwarting a much needed effort to monetize. Into that maelstrom steps a new VP of International.
2015 is shaping up as the year that some of streaming music's earliest players shut down or sold out. Pioneer WiMP is history, absorbed into TIDAL, and six year after launch, Grooveshark finally fell to the judge's gavel last week. Now, Simfy is winding down.
Not being compensated when concert tickets are resold at higher prices is a thorn in the side of many touring acts. While not exactly resolving issue, BandPage has found a partial workaround with a creative new StubHub partnership.
The UMG vs. Grooveshark trial resumes in New York today. With the judge ruling last week that the company is liable for up to $736 million in damages, the jury is likely deciding whether or not Grooveshark will survive.
Hypebot presents our fourth Los Angeles meetup for readers to have a conversation with like-minded peers. You are invited to gather for drinks next Wednesday, April 29th from 7:00 to 10:00pm at Rosewood Tavern. Space is limited - RSVP below!