Audiam, a company founded by former TuneCore executives Jeff Price and Peter Wells, has raised half a million dollars in angel financing to help the startup expand its service in the U.S. The company helps musicians identify and monetize user-generated YouTube videos that contain their songs or lyrics.
In an effort to make its platform more useful to its top creators, YouTube on Thursday announced it will soon open its paid subscription option to more video channels and give them tools to find out more about their viewers and message them directly.
A video from Maker Studios' "Epic Rap Battles of History" YouTube series has snagged a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, due in large part to its 71 million online video views.
Twitter’s six-second videoclip app Vine had its first major hit as a promotional platform this week by helping a 15-month-old song go viral and rocket up Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. The track, “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun,” released in April 2012 by Los Angeles-based group FiNATTiCZ, is enjoying an unexpected second wind in sales and streams, thanks to a perfect storm in social media.