Gaming
The Score: How Beatstar generated $73M in revenue — including $16M to rightsholders — in year one
November 21 2022

In September 2022, Space Ape Games announced that its mobile rhythm game Beatstar had generated $73 million in revenue — and shared over $16 million of its income with rightsholders, in a revenue-share model that is almost unheard of in the video game industry.

Gaming
The Score: What are the licensing opportunities for independent artists in video games?
October 23 2022

There’s been a significant rise in music and gaming collaborations across mobile games, rhythm games, virtual world platforms, and more. But the barriers to entry remain high for most independent artists.

Careers
CC: A new product focus for music/Web3, plus industry-wide metaverse and LatAm roles

Our new, collaborative editorial vertical about the future of work in the music business.

Gaming
The Score: Is Lil Nas X’s League of Legends collaboration his smartest play yet?
September 26 2022

Riot Games, the studio behind League of Legends, has collaborated with Lil Nas X on the 2022 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) Tournament anthem, “Star Walkin.’”

Careers
CC: Product managers for avatar artists, music/podcast politics, ecommerce services, and more
September 21 2022

Introducing our new, collaborative editorial vertical about the future of work in the music business. On a biweekly basis, our research team highlights the most interesting jobs emerging in music — “interesting” defined as involving new technologies, skill sets, strategic priorities, and cross-industry synergies like in gaming, fitness, and podcasts — as a vector for charting potential futures for the music industry as a whole.

Gaming
The Score: Was Justin Bieber’s first in-game concert a success?
September 12 2022

Justin Bieber played his first-ever in-game concert in Garena Free Fire, a battle-royale game exclusive to mobile devices, on August 27, 2022. Did it generate the buzz and results that we expected!

Gaming
The Score: Blackpink, PUBG, and the rise of virtual concerts in mobile games
August 29 2022

Introducing our new, collaborative editorial vertical exploring the intersection of music and video games.

Web3
After the drop: Measuring the lifetime value of music NFTs
July 28 2022

A starting metrics framework for evaluating and comparing different music NFT drops over time, with a focus on tracking collector activity and gauging the overall community health of music NFT projects.

Metaverse
9 design principles for a musical metaverse
July 06 2022

A set of nine artist- and fan-centric design principles for building the next generation of musical metaverse experiences.

Livestreaming
How much are artists really making on Twitch?
October 18 2021
Artists
How Spotify’s new advertising strategy impacts artists
August 13 2021
Audio
Three parallel futures for social audio
May 04 2021