MelodyVR raise £5m to build on their virtual reality music experiences

UK startup MelodyVR just closed a successfully large round of funding to enhance virtual reality experiences based around music. After a new funding round raised £5 million ($6.5 million) the UK-based startup wasted no time…

YouTube have nabbed one of the SoundCloud team for label relations

YouTube have announced Stephen Bryan as their new label relations head, taking him from his position at SoundCloud. Bryan will leave SoundCloud at the end of the month to take on a new role as…

Certain albums on Spotify will be Premium-exclusive after Universal Music Group deal

Spotify have agreed to a deal that will make certain new albums exclusive to Premium users 2 weeks before free listeners get a chance to hear it. After lengthy discussions between Spotify and labels, the streaming…

Warner/Chappell sign to Sesac’s new music licensing service

Major record label Warner/Chappell have signed to newly launched Mint Digital Services music licensing company created by SESAC and SUISA. Mint Digital Services is the new transatlantic music licensing company created in collaboration between US…

Struggling music video service Vadio dies, taking $12 million with it

Promising music video monetization startup Vadio have lost the wind in their sails, crashed and died with millions in funding lost down the drain. Portland-based startup Vadio have had to give up after four years…

Major labels come together to sue hip-hop mixtape site Spinrilla

Spinrilla is facing up against all of the major record labels for offering free “mixtapes” including copyright music by Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce and Kanye West. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have accused Spinrilla…

Facebook pinch YouTube exec to “deepen relationship with music industry”

Tamara Hrivnak joins Facebook with the aim of repairing and strengthening Facebook’s rocky relationship with the music industry. Facebook have gained a new hire from Google Play and YouTube, Tamara Hrivnak joins the social media…

“Unstoppable” Drake tops Spotify for the 2nd year in a row in their 2016 top lists

Spotify have revealed the top streaming lists for 2016 taking a look back at the year in music and seeing who dominated the platform. Today Spotify released their annual look back at the year after…

Vevo’s new feature makes it easy to create GIFs from music videos

Vevo want you to make GIFs from their music videos so they’ve updated their platform that makes it easy to transform 5-second music video clips into GIFs. The internet is full of GIFs, these days…

Shazam creating curated music video experiences with Vadio

Shazam’s music discovery apps will now feature music videos and channels of streaming music videos thanks to a new partnership with Vadio. Shazam have struck a deal with music video platform Vadio to create visual…