SoundCloud

  1. SoundCloud Raises New Funding

    January 24, 2014 6:54 PM EST Streaming audio company SoundCloud has closed a Series D funding round led by Institutional Venture Partners with participation by the Chernin Group, the investment firm founded by former News Corp. president Peter Chernin. The Berlin-based compan ...

  2. Lorde's 'Royal' Reign Spurs Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 03, 2013 7:40 PM EDT In the same week Lorde rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash single "Royals," she also debuts on the Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wiki ...

  3. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace ...

  4. Michael Jackson's New Instagram Account Causes Surge on Social 50 Chart

    September 05, 2013 9:57 PM EDT The late Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13) following online activity around his birthday (Aug. 29) and the launch of his Instagram account. Paul McCartney, Prince, Robert Plant: Why Veteran Musi ...

  5. Google+ Plugs In SoundCloud for Its 343 Million Users (Exclusive)

    August 12, 2013 12:05 PM EDT Google+ is slowly but surely catching up to Facebook. The social network, by some metrics considered to be the second-largest after Facebook, has integrated SoundCloud's audio embeds, the two companies announced Monday.  SoundCloud in May a ...

  6. Demi Lovato Hits Social 50 Chart High

    July 26, 2013 9:15 AM EDT Demi Lovato makes a 15 position leap to No. 2 on the Social 50 chart, prompted by the release of the official Vevo video on July 17 for her new single "Made in the USA." The title garnered 8.8 million worldwide views during the chart ...

  7. Bob Marley Hits Top 10 on Social 50 Chart For First Time

    July 19, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Bob Marley breaks into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart for the first time. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodolog ...

  8. PSY Reaches 3 Billion YouTube Views

    July 11, 2013 7:28 PM EDT PSY jumps up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, flying 29-6 on the tally, as his YouTube channel hits a major milestone. During the charting week ending July 14, PSY's channel broke the 3 billion views mark and became the fifth ch ...

  9. One Direction Film Teaser Spurs No. 1 Return on Social 50 Chart

    June 28, 2013 7:40 PM EDT One Direction returns to No. 1 on the Social 50 for the first time since December, thanks to the release of a teaser for its upcoming documentary film "This Is Us." The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Faceboo ...

  10. T-Boz, Om’Mas Keith, Others On Pluses, Minuses of Social Media at Grammy Week Event

    February 08, 2013 10:24 PM EST Left to right: Nic Adler, owner of the Roxy Theatre; Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins; music producer/songwriter Om’Mas Keith; Dorothy Hui, VP of digital at Roc Nation; Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard; Alex Ljung, founder of SoundCloud. Tionne ...

  11. BandPage Builds Out 'Pipes' to Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook

    January 23, 2013 5:39 PM EST BandPage on Wednesday announced that its half a million users can update some of their information simultaneously on Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook -- putting in place key pieces of its ambition to give musicians a central location wher ...

  12. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  13. SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music (Exclusive)

    October 09, 2012 6:00 AM EDT The Web made licensing music drastically more efficient. Now a small button on the ubiquitous SoundCloud streaming player makes licensing music even easier. SoundCloud, a music hosting and sharing platform with more than 20 million users, has part ...

  14. 40 Under 40: Alexander Ljung

    August 02, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Alexander Ljung Music Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency Website: Soundcloud.com Twitter: @Alexanderljung Forecasting Music's Future SoundCloud has grown into a near-ubiquitous platform for sound on the Internet. If you've stream ...

  15. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  16. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  17. Soundcloud Passes 15 Million Users, Launches New Design in Private Beta

    May 10, 2012 8:06 AM EDT Soundcloud announced a complete site redesign that aims to bolster the site's audio sharing features. The new site has already launched via private beta invite, and will continue to roll out to the entire community over the next few months. & ...

  18. Plug.dj Throws Video Into Turntable.fm-Style Social DJ App Mix

    March 26, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Here I am in the most populous room in Plug.dj... with four other people. What an original idea: A bunch of rooms where cute little avatars can DJ music to each other! That's what we said last May, before breaking the news ( we think ) about ...

  19. SXSW Q&A: SoundCloud's Dave Haynes

    March 16, 2012 4:05 PM EDT SoundCloud's Dave Haynes @ SXSW (Photo: Glenn Peoples) On T-shirts, posters and stickers, SoundCloud logo - a cloud - was a familiar site around downtown Austin during SXSW Interactive. Billboard.biz ran into Dave Haynes, SoundCloud's VP ...

  20. Can MIDEM Hack Day Help Cellist Zoe Keating Share Loops With Fans?

    January 28, 2012 11:33 AM EST About 30 developers are participating in the second MIDEM Hack Day, which was introduced Monday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes (right) and Six Two Productions CEO and creative technologist Martyn Davies (left). They invited p ...

  21. Business Matters: At 10 Million Users, SoundCloud is Scratching the Surface

    January 23, 2012 7:02 PM EST SoundCloud Hits 10 Millions Registered Users On-demand services and some webcasters might get more headlines, but SoundCloud is currently one of the world's hottest digital music companies. The popular audio hosting-and-sharing platform annou ...

  22. SoundCloud Announces New Round of Funding, Led by Kleiner Perkins

    January 03, 2012 7:48 AM EST SoundCloud announced a new funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the company said in a statement Monday. The size of the funding round was not revealed, but TechCrunch claims the amount is $50 million, which gives the company ...

  23. Seven of 16 Facebook Music Services Are Now Live -- Here's What They Do

    October 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT On Sept. 22, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced 16 music partners ranging from almost-unheard-of to the incredibly popular. Of those, seven have completed their integration with Facebook, meaning that they can automatically send users' li ...

  24. Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

    September 13, 2011 8:22 PM EDT Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series -- A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventb ...

  25. Business Matters: Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too

    September 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too -- Artists and performing musicians are feeling the love in the European Union while record labels are being a bit overlooked. If you've read news reports about the EU ...

  26. ThingLink Adds Music To Online Photos With iTunes, Topspin Deals

    September 12, 2011 3:15 PM EDT ThingLink is one of those startup companies offering a feature that can either wind up being a big deal or an easily-forgotten blip. It basically allows users to place links in photographs or in this case allows artists to place "buy" li ...

  27. Tired Yet of Turntable.fm? Here Are Some Alternatives

    August 03, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Console.fm, with its emphasis on electronic music, might be a better fit for some people's social music experience. Social music site Turntable.fm came out of nowhere this summer to become one of the year's most talked about music servic ...

  28. Onesheet, Simple Online Space for Artists, Launches

    July 07, 2011 2:26 PM EDT ArtistData founder Brenden Mulligan has launched a new artist service called Onesheet that aims to give artists a simple, constant web presence. Onesheet is the opposite of densely packed "one sheets" labels create for their products and ...

  29. Moontoast, DIY Impulse Now Powering SoundCloud Sales Through Facebook Pages

    June 23, 2011 12:46 PM EDT Moontoast and DIY Media both released products this week that allow SoundCloud users to sell their music directly to fans through their Facebook pages. Moontoast , which builds products that enable commerce on the Facebook platform, now allows Sou ...

  30. SoundCloud Receives Investment from Ashton Kutcher's A-Grade Fund, Passes 5 Million Users

    June 15, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Sound-sharing site SoundCloud has received an undisclosed amount from A-Grade Fund, the venture capital fund led by actor Ashton Kutcher, artist manager/entrepreneur Guy Oseary and billionaire investor Ron Burkle. At the same time, the company ann ...

  31. At Tech Crunch Disrupt, Music Doesn't Have a Huge Presence but Still Makes Some Noise

    May 23, 2011 4:19 PM EDT NEW YORK - While music doesn't have a huge presence at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt conference -- there are only a handful of music startups in the exhibitor area and only one presented during the startup battlefield today -- it's ...

  32. SoundCloud Unveils Labs Site With APIs to Chart Future Course

    May 04, 2011 11:43 AM EDT Music sharing platform SoundCloud-which bills itself as a "YouTube for Music"-launched a new site called SoundCloud Labs designed to feature other apps built using its API. According to the site, the purpose is to "give you a place ...

  33. Songkick's Facebook App, New Partnerships Make Concert Listings Easier

    March 15, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Concert listings site Songkick has announced two initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of time artists spend on data entry at their various web sites. In addition to a Facebook app that puts concert listings on an artist's Facebook page, S ...

  34. SoundCloud Opening San Francisco Office

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST SoundCloud , the audio platform that allows people to record and share music, today announced that it is extending its operations into North America with the opening of a presence in San Francisco and several planned new hires in the city within t ...

  35. MIDEM In Transition: A Startup's Perspective, By Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ian Hogarth is the co-founder and CEO of Songkick, a London-based startup that allows fans to organize and track their favorite bands and track concerts and dates. Billboard.biz welcomes guest colums - contact Jem.Aswad@billboard.com or any Billbo ...

  36. @MIDEM 2011: Can Hacking Save Music?

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- In a digital music environment where upstart legal services can take years to go from inception to launch, some technologists are creating new music innovations in a single day. And it's just what the music industry could us ...

  37. Analysis: Where Will Musicians Go After Myspace?

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace's decision to lay off half its workforce yesterday did not come as a huge surprise. But once it became official, the move solidified Myspace's image as a hopelessly sinking ship. Few believe anything but a sale or spinoff is the ...

  38. MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST MySpace has announced that nearly half its employees around the globe will be laid off in a broad restructuring of the foundering social network. About 500 employees, or 47% of the company's global staff, will be let go, CEO Mike Jones said i ...

  39. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  40. Five Hot Digital Music Companies to Watch

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This summer, five mostly young online companies are setting themselves apart from all others in the music business. Each represents a different segment of the industry, but together they exemplify the entrepreneurship and innovation that is leadin ...

  41. @MIDEM: SoundCloud, Hype Machine Distribute To Blogs

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital platform SoundCloud and blog aggregator the Hype Machine has announced a new partnership during the MIDEM conference in Cannes. Berlin-based SoundCloud is an online service which allows artists and industry professionals to distribute and ...

  42. In The City Unveils Digital Forum, Showcase Partners

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Manchester's 2009 In the City (ITC) music conference has added Anthony Volodkin, founder of the Hype Machine blog, and secondary ticket service Seatwave's CEO Joe Cohen to its list of speakers. The conference runs Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. The ...

  43. London To Host 'Music Hack Day'

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Music Hack Day, an event for the international tech and digital music community, is to take place in London this weekend (July 11 to 12). Bringing together 200 delegates, the two-day event is believed to be the first 'hack' ...

  44. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Passalong, WMG

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger was sharply criticized in a report by the American Antitrust Institute, a not-for-profit advocacy group. The report was written by a retiree of the Federal Trade Commission. An excerpt: "If the ...