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Universal Music Expands Merchandising Operation With Acquisition of Epic Rights

Variety reports: "Universal Music Group-owned Bravado has acquired Epic Rights, the Los Angeles-based merchandising and branding company that counts KISS, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, *NSYNC, Def Leppard, Billy Joel...

Spotify will now let brands sponsor its Discover Weekly playlist

Tech Crunch reports: "Spotify has begun testing a new type of ad in Discover Weekly, its personalized playlist of music that’s the streaming service’s...

Twitter Stock Tumbles After Analyst Calls It ‘Harvey Weinstein of Social...

Variety reports: "Shares of Twitter fell more than 12% Thursday after a Wall Street analyst labeled the company 'the Harvey Weinstein of social media.' In a...

Apple Music To Grow To 164M Users As iTunes Crashes

Hypebot reports: "Apple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at Morgan Stanley. Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration...

Matchmade raises $4.8 million for influencer game marketing

Venture Beat reports: "Matchmade has raised $4.8 million in funding for its platform to match influencers such as YouTubers and Twitch streamers with brands and game companies...

YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for students

Tech Crunch reports: "YouTube today is launching lower-cost subscription plans for students who want to enjoy an ad-free version of YouTube or its music streaming...

Pandora’s podcast genome project will help you find your next Serial

The Verge reports: "Pandora’s podcast genome project, which aims to do for podcasts what its music genome project did for music, has launched in...

Eventbrite Announces Eventbrite Music as It Plans to Sunset the Ticketfly...

Billboard reports: "Over a year after acquiring middle market competitor Ticketfly for $200 million from Pandora, Eventbrite has announced a new ticketing solution specifically...

Hulu Adds Starz as Add-On Option to Streaming Plans

Variety reports: "Hulu is now seeing Starz: The streamer reached a deal with the Lionsgate-owned premium TV network to offer Starz as an option to customers on any of Hulu’s...

Hulu Extends Sprint Pact to Drive Live TV Subscriptions

Variety reports: "Hulu is hoping to boost its over-the-top live TV subscriber rolls by extending a special promo to Sprint’s wireless customers. Starting Friday (Oct. 19), Sprint customers...