This Blockchain-Powered Smart Speaker Pays Artists When You Clap

Can Volareo truly spark a revolution in the music industry?  Or will it end up as yet another generic blockchain ‘solution’? Can blockchain technology truly revolutionize the music industry?  Some people think so. To tackle the music industry’s widespread database and payout problems, blockchain startup Blokur raised $1.2 million in funding …

The Vinyl Records 'Fad' Has Been Going Strong for 12 Straight Years

12 years ago, vinyl records were an afterthought.  Now, they’re a brand-new industry. Music industry moguls and audio experts alike never saw this coming.  But somewhere in the late 90s, audiophiles, die-hard music fans, and baby boomers felt like something was missing.  Several years later, they were suddenly buying the …

Taylor Bennett Clears Up the “Only Difference” Between Independent & Major Label Artists

Taylor Bennett is back with a new single alongside fellow Chicago rapper Bianca Shaw, the first signee to his very own indie label Taylor Bennett Entertainment. Produced at Audiomack Studios by New York producer TGUT, “Only Difference” showcases the distinction between artists operating independently versus those signed to a major label. As …

David Guetta & Afrojack's 'Dirty Sexy Money' Gets New Life With Banx & Ranx Remix [PREMIERE]

David Guetta‘s recent heated collaboration “Dirty Sexy Money” with dutch house phenomenon Afrojack, pop sensation Charli XCX, and hip-hop prodigy French Montana gets acunning remix from Banx & Ranx that revitalizes the original track’s sound while maintaining the sunshine-filled vibe. The original track is loudly taking over the charts on a global …

Apple Music Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Not Paying Artists

An indie musician claims that Apple Music has streamed his music and failed to pay any royalties. Yesterday, independent musician Bryan Eich filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple Music.  Eich claims that the company failed to obtain compulsory licenses for his work.  He owns the publishing rights to two albums, …

Rights Management Platform Haawk Acquires TuneRegistry & RoyaltyClaim

Rights management, enforcement, and monetization platform Haawk has just finalized two major acquisitions. Haawk has dramatically expanded its rights management and monetization platform with a pair acquisitions.  According to details just shared with DMN, Haawk has acquired both TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim.  Like Haawk, both companies are based in Los Angeles. …

Facebook Guarantees Your Music Video Won't Get Ripped Down

After fighting endless DMCA takedown requests, Facebook finally grants indie musicians and content creators pre-cleared songs. Late last year, indie musician Ari Herstand touched upon a problem plaguing Facebook. Musicians on the world’s largest social network love posting videos.  That includes covers wildly popular songs from artists like Ed Sheeran.  …

Indie Labels Can't Get a Vinyl Record Made In Under 3 Months

A vinyl records production glut is hitting independent labels hard. We’ve reported about interminable delays for vinyl records for years.  But now, the issue seems to be intensifying, with an unfortunate production war brewing between indies and major labels. The skinny?  Majors are jumping ahead with bigger, more lucrative production …