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10. Fender Musical Instruments – For teaching music via an app
Top guitar manufacturer Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has been providing the rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz, and other music genres with high-quality musical instruments since its founding in 1946.
The company started Fender Digital in 2015 to appeal to next-generation musicians and increase the commercial performance of guitar. It has released Fender Tone, an app which users can pair with the Mustang GT amplifier to unlock countless tone combinations, and Fender Play, a digital learning app to improve their skills.
09. Vinyl Me, Please – For reinventing the subscription record club.
A record-of-the-month club founded in 2012, Vinyl Me, Please believes that albums should be treated like art. Each month, the company, which describes itself as “the best damn record club out there,” gives its subscribers a pressing of a record that it thinks would be a vital addition to the ultimate vinyl collection, from Notorious B.I.G’s “Ready To Die” to Beck’s “Odelay,” Fiona Apple’s “Tidal” to Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” and more. With each record, subscribers are also given a 12-by-12-inch piece of album art and an accompanying cocktail recipe to match. Subscribers are also provided with update-to-date music news and information, as well as access to an online store with members-only prices.
08. Kobalt – For helping artist get and track royalties from Youtube, Instagram and streaming.
The Google Ventures-backed company scours the web and music services to find unpaid royalties and collects them on behalf of 8,000 creators—getting more money into the hands of artists, songwriters, and producers more quickly and transparently. In 2016, Kobalt launched a new mobile app for artists to track their data and earnings, and views on different platforms.
7. Atlantic Records – For championing its artists from Ed Sheeran to Cardi B
In a time of upheaval for the music industry, 70-year-old record label Atlantic Records is anything but a dinosaur. In 2008, Atlantic became the first U.S. label to make most of its revenue from digital, and it hasn’t looked back. Atlantic has invested heavily and smartly in artist development, something that’s become harder for labels to do since the market for physical albums—and many labels’ A&R budgets—began to collapse more than 15 years ago. The strategy is paying off. Atlantic is home to stars including Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran, Cardi B., Missy Elliott, and Sia.
6. B-Reel – For creating a tech platform : with AR and 360 degree video to help the new Gorrilaz album to top charts in 30 countries
B-Reel is an entertainment-based creative agency that specializes in using technology to help build brands and positively influence consumers.
Through the use of augmented and virtual reality as well as 360 technology, B-Reel designed and launched the Gorillaz app and attracted a crowd of fans. The company’s work resulted in the album reaching No. 1 in 30 countries. In addition to its work for music-driven brands, B-Reel has helped Google Pixel produce real-time, live wallpapers that reflect the current climate.
5. Smule – For pairing social media and karaoke for sa beautiful duet
Founded in 2008 by Jeff Smith and Ge Wang, the mobile application developer Smule has made it easy for anyone not only to make music, but also to share it with the world. The company, whose collective apps are used by 125 million people globally, gives users the opportunity to take part in what it refers to as “socal music experiences” via its group of subsidiary apps.
The mobile apps produced by Smule include Sing!, a karaoke-style singing app that gives consumers the ability to sing along with people around the world or their favorite artist, and Magic Piano, which allows users to play a hit song on key sans lessons.
4. Major Lazer – For experimenting with VR and interactive video to connect with fans.
Major Lazer, the electronic music trio known for producing hit songs like “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber and “Pon de Floor” and “Run Up” with Nicki Minaj, made headlines in 2017 for incorporating virtual reality into its already eclectic acts.
The group has also been nominated for a number of different awards including Top Dance/Electronic Song at the Billboard Music Awards and Best Dance Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
3. Big Machine – For mastering the art of the album release in the streaming-service era
Home to esteemed artists such as Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, and Thomas Rhett, Big Machine Label Group has made a name for itself as a leading record label. Founded in 2005 by current CEO Scott Borchetta, the company not only represents a variety of pop and country singers, but also manages the soundtracks of the hit ABC show Nashville, and has established professional racing partnerships.
2. Dubset – For creating unofficial remixes authorized by labels.
Dubset Media Holdings is a technology company that specializes in rights management and distribution within the music and video industries. Catering to DJs and other content creators, Dubset works with mix and remix content to find easy and efficient ways to make a profit and streamline the licensing process.
To get the work done, the company has employed innovative strategies, such as the use of its “MIXSCAN” technology, which matches mixes and remixes with a customized set of “MixDNA,” which ultimately makes managing the rights to content more secure and straightforward. To make the relationship between DJs and publishers more seamless, the company also created “MixBANK,” a service that gives DJs the ability to closely monitor their work and see how it’s being used.
- Spotify – For locking down label deals, for breaking new artists, and being everywhere users want a personalized soundtrack.
Spotify is a Swedish company that streams music, video, and podcasts through licensing agreements with record labels and media companies; it also offers its own exclusive content.
The company is known for helping to legitimize the “freemium” model: the tiered pricing strategy whereby basic services like music streaming are provided free of charge (with advertising, in Spotify’s case), but premium services like ad-free listening and direct downloads cost users extra.