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Music/Tech/Media Deals: From Startup Funding To Big Brand Partnerships

Artiphon-logoLots of deals and funding news of late. Here's a quick roundup including funding for Artiphon and Musikki, deals between Deezer x Bose and SoundHound x TouchTunes plus Gracenote's acquisition of HWW. In addition, Jay Z's Life + Times has a content deal with Fusion, Michelle Phan joined with Cutting Edge Group to create Shift Media Group and RZA is releasing Wu-Tang music via the Boombot Rex.

Artiphon Funding

It turns out that after winning the Pando Choice Award this summer, Artiphon received a personal investment of $100k from Steve Case. They are said to be closing in on a "year-long $500,000 Angel funding round."

Musikki Funding

Musikki recently received "€330,000 in funding from Smart Equity, a business angel investment vehicle in London."

Deezer x Bose

Deezer and Bose yesterday announced a "global rollout with Bose Corporation that will bring Deezer Premium Plus to the U.S. for the first time exclusively through Bose SoundTouch and SoundLink products."

SoundHound x TouchTunes

SoundHound and TouchTunes are partnering to "give SoundHound’s user base – which totals more than 225 million worldwide – control of the music in more than 60,000 bars and restaurants across North America."

Gracenote Acquires HWW

Gracenote acquired "Australia's leading provider of TV and movie data" HWW for $19 million.

Fusion To Air Jay Z's Life + Times

Fusion has "acquired a series of half-hour 'Jay Z’s Life+Times Presents' specials…Fusion will air episodes from the 'Where I’m From' series and intends to expand its offerings."

Michelle Phan Launches Shift Media Group

YouTube superstar Michelle Phan partnered with Cutting Edge Group to create Shift Media Group "which is being positioned as a company that helps amplify a musicians footprint through social media promotions."

RZA x Boombotix

RZA is teaming up with Boombotix to release selected songs from an upcoming 20th Anniversary Wu-Tang Clan album "embedded" in a special edition of Boombot Rex wireless speakers.


Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch) recently launched DanceLand. Send news about music tech startups and services, DIY music biz and music marketing to: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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