SoundCloud Unveils Digital Distribution Tools

SoundCloud may now become a one-stop shop for every indie artist. SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor has been on the move. Following a turbulent 2017, Trainor made good on his promise.  The indie streaming music service brought in over $100 million in revenu… Continue Reading

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Songtradr Acquires Big Sync Music In a Multi-Million Dollar Buyout

Songtradr acquires largest sync music agency in the world, Big Sync Music. The once-marginalized synchronization space is now getting seriously rattled — with far bigger opportunities ahead for both artists and brands. Heading into this acquisition by … Continue Reading

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R.E.M. Forces the Removal of a Pro-Trump Video Meme on Twitter — Including the President’s Retweet

R.E.M. riled up a bunch of Trump trolls on social media this weekend. The band took issue with its music being used in a meme video.  But unlike many other protests from prominent artists, R.E.M. (and their reps at Universal Music Group) actually got t… Continue Reading

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Ja Rule Has Plans to Launch an ‘Iconic Festival’ and Artist Booking App

Ja Rule should’ve learned from the repercussions of the disastrous Fyre Festival.  Facing two multi-million dollar lawsuits, he still hasn’t. Nearly two years ago, Ja Rule and millennial entrepreneur Billy McFarland moved forward with an idea to ‘revol… Continue Reading

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Spotify Says It Paid $340 Million for Its Podcast Expansion

We now know how much Spotify paid to acquire Gimlet Media and Anchor. A little over a week ago, Spotify published great news for investors. In its Q4 2018 report, Premium subscribers reached 96 million, up 36% year-over-year.  Monthly active users (MAU… Continue Reading

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Looks Like the ‘New’ Article 13 Is Drawing Industry Approval — GEMA, PRS, Impala All Saying ‘Yes’

Music industry in-fighting is now giving way to group hugging. Yesterday, we first reported that a brand-new Copyright Directive had been approved in the European Union.  The Directive, which contains the controversial Article 13, is now being shuttled… Continue Reading

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