MUSO raises £2.5 million to tackle online music piracy

MUSO, which creates tools for online content protection, has raised £2.5 million in a Series A round led by Harwell Capital to invest in its infrastructure and sales and marketing teams. MUSO’s Retune platform track visits to sites hosting pirated content to redirect its users to legitimate sites in the hopes of turning these pirates […]

Finnish startup Singa raises €1.75 million to digitise karaoke

Finland’s Singa has raised €1.75 million led by Initial Capital alongside Tamares Holdings, Superhero Capital, Reaktor Ventures, and Tekes. The money will be used for the company’s go-to-market strategy for its digital karaoke product. The service, which targets at both consumers and venues, removes the need to run expensive equipment for karaoke services with a […]

Spotify acquires Paris-based AI search startup Niland.io

Spotify has acquired Niland.io, a Paris-based machine learning startup specialising in music search and recommendations. No terms for the deal were disclosed. The team from Niland.io will be joining Spotify’s New York R&D office where they will work on music discovery features. According to Spotify, Niland.io has “changed the game” for AI in search. “Over […]

Music startup Epidemic Sound raises $1 million from Kichi Invest

Sweden’s Epidemic Sound, a platform for licensing music, has raised $1 million from Kichi Invest. The strategic investment, which will inform the company’s growth, values the company at $45 million. Lead investor Kichi Invest is the investment firm established by Fredrik Wester, CEO and cofounder of gaming company Paradox Interactive. Wester will be joining the […]

Spotify acquires New York startup Mediachain Labs for undisclosed amount

Spotify has acquired US blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, though no terms were disclosed. Mediachain Labs, headquartered in Brooklyn, has created a solution called the Mediachain protocol, via the blockchain, that links a creator’s content online with information about the creator. As part of the acquisition, Mediachain Labs will be joining Spotify’s New York office while […]

UK-based entertainment messaging startup Emoticast raises $5 million from angel investors

London-based Emoticast, a maker of apps that allow users to share music and entertainment content, announced that it has raised $5 million from several angel investors. The angels include tech and entertainment leaders, including Napster co-founder Sean Parker through Strangeloop Ventures, Black Eyed Peas co-founder will.i.am, the DJ David Guetta, former Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz, Jason Epstein, Nicole Junkermann through Montilla International Corporation, and Alan Cannistraro.