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SoundCloud Gets A Lifeline: $70 Million In Debt Financing

SoundCloud Gets A Lifeline: $70 Million In Debt Financing

After publicly admitting that it could run out of cash later this year, SoundCloud has received $70 million in debt financing. The company had, for months, tried and failed to raise $100 million in venture financing Struggling music service SoundCloud has received a much needed $70 million loan from Kreos Capital, the Davidson Technology Growth Debt ...

Welcome To The Post-DIY Music Era [Mark Mulligan]

Welcome To The Post-DIY Music Era [Mark Mulligan]

Business is booming at CD Baby, Bandcamp, Tunecore, Bandzoogle and a host of other service providers for DIY musicians. But from Chance The Rapper to Stormzy and beyond, we are also witnessing a new chapter in artist self-development: The Post-DIY Music Era. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA I recently took part in the True Music Forum ...

What’s In A Name? Plenty, If The Name Is Cuneiform

What’s In A Name? Plenty, If The Name Is Cuneiform

Cuneiform is an independent label recording music that is out of the mainstream. The Claudia Quartet, Wadada Leo Smith and Thinking Plague are on the Cuneiform roster, and it has groups with even wider orbits—Bent Knee from Boston, for instance, the Norwegian quintet I.P.A., the British jazz-punk rock group called Led Bib, and Naima, a trio ...

The Fight For A Straight Count: Does Streaming Accounting Costing More Than Royalites

The Fight For A Straight Count: Does Streaming Accounting Costing More Than Royalites

When it comes to tracking and accounting songs and recordings, the systems currently in place are both expensive and complex and the royalties paid out are minuscule, this is leading many to advocate for a switch to a simpler method of reporting. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions When you drill down on ...

What Do Users Really Want In Their Premium Streaming Music Service? [Glenn Peoples]

What Do Users Really Want In Their Premium Streaming Music Service? [Glenn Peoples]

What do consumers really want in a premium music service? Great playlists. People really care about playlists, concludes Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora on the day that the company launches is Pandora Premium Spotify competitor. By Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora What do consumers really want in a premium music streaming ...

Piracy Is What Made Me, Says Ed Sheeran

Piracy Is What Made Me, Says Ed Sheeran

While piracy is often demonized as an aspect of the industry which ruins careers before they've even really begun, the reality is that the illicit dissemination of music can in many ways help to grow an artist's presence in the industry, as was the case with Ed Sheeran. Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt We ...

Ed Sheeran Broke The Charts [Mark Mulligan]

Ed Sheeran Broke The Charts [Mark Mulligan]

Ed Sheeran is hugely popular; and while no one wants to demean his success (OK, maybe some do...), when one person occupies for 9 of the UK top 10 singles and all 16 tracks from his new album are in the top 20, something is broken. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA  Unless you have been hiding under ...

Pandora Not For Sale, Will Be Profitable This Year, Says Pandora CEO As Stock Falls [VIDEO]

Pandora Not For Sale, Will Be Profitable This Year, Says Pandora CEO As Stock Falls  [VIDEO]

Pandora founder and CEO Tom Westergren made some bold claims during a CNBC appearance Monday.  Wall Street was unimpressed, pushing the stock-6.3% to $11.60 by midday Tuesday.  “We intend to be profitable this year," Pandora CEO Tim Westergren declared on CNBC's “Squawk Alley" Monday. The bold claim came on the eve of the launch of its ...

Stop The Legalized Extortion: How To Make The Live Music Experience Fair For All

Stop The Legalized Extortion: How To Make The Live Music Experience Fair For All

Here a former venue owner explores the possibilities behind technology bringing transparency to live performance marketplace, thereby ending what has essentially become a form of legalized extortion for artists. Guest post by Zach Bair Here's a fact that may surprise live music lovers: Artists may not see a cent from songs played on jukeboxes, radio, karaoke or ...

CD Baby Publishing Now Represents 100,000 Songwriters, Expanding To 18 More Countries

CD Baby Publishing Now Represents 100,000 Songwriters, Expanding To 18 More Countries

Indie music services platform CD Baby is now providing publishing administration to more than 100,000 songwriters, the company announced today, alongside a major expansion into new territories. CD Baby announced to today that it is now representing more than 100,000 songwriters and 625,000 songs under its Publishing Administration service. The indie music services company is also ...


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