Musicolony, New App for Streaming Music Fans, Begins Crowd Funding

Musicolony, a new social music app, helps music streaming fans listen to and share playlists with friends in real time. Currently in beta re-development, the service includes a larger vision of developing localized “colonies” based in local music scenes.

“Re-coding the site and building in new features, such as the Timbreo sound app, means we need additional funding for staff and overhead,” Cirrus Social Media CEO Doug Williams said. “We want music fans to be part of the site’s fabric because they’ll stick around and help Musicolony grow.” People who want to help crowd fund the site can find the campaign at Indiegogo.

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SiriusXM to Broadcast Private Guns N’ Roses Show at the Apollo Theater

SiriusXM announced today that Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20.

The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N’ Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band’s North American “Not In This Lifetime” tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel.   

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Me, Otis Gibbs, and the Joy of Discovering New Music

I read a post about John Moreland on Bob Lefsetz’s blog. Later, as I surfed Spotify, Moreland’s name popped into my mind, and I pulled up his latest album.

After sampling a few tunes I checked Related Artists; this is one of my favorite features and a helpful road map to a variety of artists I have a) overlooked in the past, b) just hit the scene that I’m not aware of yet, or c) I have just never ever heard of for whatever reason.

A few clicks later, and I am knee-deep into the musical output of Otis Gibbs. I had never heard of Otis Gibbs. I liked the name, so I figured I would check him out.

But now I really like Otis Gibbs!

Sure, I might have eventually caught up with the singer-songwriter via a blog, Twitter post, or whatever, but more likely I would have continued on having never heard of Otis Gibbs.

And that would be too bad for me because I am enjoying his music.

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Music Discovery Platform WAV Makes its Debut

WAV, a Los Angeles-based live streaming music discovery app and artist platform, has officially launched in all major global markets.

The app features exclusive content, such as music videos, docuseries, interviews, and concert footage from both established and emerging artists.

WAV has onboarded dozens of artists from the worlds of hip-hop and dance music, facilitating their use of WAV’s proprietary technology to tell fresh stories in interactive ways. Artists have the opportunity to live stream video content and interact directly with their fans in real-time, all while creating new revenue opportunities – all within the app.

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SiriusXM Introduces Newest Dock and Play Radio

SiriusXM today introduced its newest dock and play radio – the Onyx EZR – which delivers several new features at an entry-level price.

The Onyx EZR features a larger display than its predecessor, the Onyx EZ, with improved resolution and selectable background and text options that allow for better viewing in all lighting conditions.

It also offers a split screen option that enables the user to view what’s on the current channel in one pane, and simultaneously see what’s playing on their other favorite channels in the second pane. Another improvement over the Onyx EZ is the addition of TuneMix™, which allows Onyx EZR users to listen to a mix of songs from across several of their favorite channels.

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​Why Sprint’s CEO is Betting Big on Jay Z Music Platform Tidal

When the United States government intervened in Sprint’s attempt to buy out competitor T-Mobile in 2012, it threw a wrench in Sprint’s plan to gain a competitive edge in what its CEO Marcelo Claure calls a game of scale. Today, the Kansas-based telecom giant is rumored to be revisiting the possibility of a merger, but with an additional tool in its arsenal: differentiation, thanks to its deal with Tidal.

Sprint in January acquired a 33 percent stake in the music streaming platform launched in 2014 by rap artist and entrepreneur Jay Z. Last week, the wireless provider’s more than 45 million customers were gifted six months’ access to Tidal’s top-of-the-line streaming tier, which is typically $20 per month in the U.S. (Tidal competitors Spotify and Apple Music are both $9.99 per month for premium streaming subscriptions.)

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SiriusXM to Make $480 Million Strategic Investment in Pandora

SiriusXM and Pandora today announced an agreement under which SiriusXM will make a $480 million strategic cash investment in Pandora.

The capital provided through the SiriusXM investment will allow Pandora to make targeted investments and capitalize on opportunities to build on its position in the streaming radio business.

“The investment from SiriusXM infuses resources to help Pandora continue to grow and innovate,” said Pandora CEO and founder Tim Westergren. “With the strategic review behind us, and a strong balance sheet, we look forward to focusing on business execution and the optimization of our strategy.”

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