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Smule fuels more music in the world with $54 million capital raise led by Tencent

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Smule fuels more music in the world with $54 million capital raise led by Tencent

Smule is on a mission to change the way the world experiences music. With 52 million monthly active users creating over 20 million songs every day, Smule is transforming the landscape of music from one of passive listening to one of collaborative creation and expressive sharing. On Smule, users are inspired to engage with music at its roots, as a creative, social and interactive medium, and collaborate with and listen to all types of music, with anyone from anywhere in the world. With this vision in mind, Smule is taking the next step to scale the platform with $54 million in a strategic financing round led by Tencent, which joins existing investors including Adams Street Partners, Bessemer Ventures, Floodgate, Franklin Templeton, Granite Ventures, and Shasta Ventures.

Tencent shares Smule’s passion for music and for connecting people. Through its “Connection” strategy, Tencent has been cultivating a vibrant ecosystem, enabling users to communicate, socialize and enjoy content and services efficiently on its integrated platforms with music as its key focus.

“Tencent believes that music is universal and Smule is pioneering a new and unique way for people to create and engage with music. Our investment in Smule will expand our exposure to the promising potential of the digital music market,” said Poshu Yeung, Tencent’s Vice President of International Business.

With the investment, Smule will turn the volume up on its global presence and enable more people to experience music in a new way. In 2016, revenue grew 54 percent to $101 million, monthly active users increased by 52% and subscribers by 100%. This is all driven by a deeply social global community where users are creating more music in the world every day, with other users and major global artists like TrainEd SheeranShawn MendesRizky FebianLuis Fonsi, and Christian Nodal.

Most recently, Smule debuted its first ever national broadcast commercial for their Smule Sing! app featuring the Grammy-award winning rock band Train singing along to their new global hit single “Play That Song” with some of the app’s biggest users. The app and commercial hope to move listeners beyond passive listening and into participating in music creation.

“We are always looking for creative and innovative ways to connect with our fans,” said Pat Monahan of Train. “Smule allows us to engage with our fans on a deeper level and we can’t wait to see all the amazing duets of ‘Play That Song’ on Smule Sing!”

 

 

 

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LG Invites You to Sing “Jealous” with Nick Jonas on Smule

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LG is excited to be collaborating with Nick Jonas on a new contest kicking off today! Join the #SingwithLG contest for a chance to meet Nick in person and win up to $5000 in LG products.

Nick Jonas: you may know him as the singer-songwriter and pop sensation in The Jonas Brothers or as the actor in the Disney series, Jonas, and Disney movie, Camp Rock. He’s also known for his 2014 solo album, Nick Jonas, which landed in the top 10 of Billboard’s top 200 list. More recently, he co-founded the record label, Safehouse Records, and released his album, Last Year Was Complicated (2016), the highest peaking entry as a solo artist! Go Nick!

Some fun facts about Nick:

  1. He was homeschooled
  2. He began performing on Broadway when he was eight
  3. He helped develop Change for Children Foundation – a charity to help raise awareness and money for kids with diabetes

#SINGWITHLG Contest

Starting this Friday, April 21, you can sing with Nick Jonas on the Sing! Karaoke by Smule app and enter for a chance to meet him in person and win a new LG G6® smartphone and LG Home Entertainment System (total value over $5,000).

Contest Dates:

4/21: Contest entry opens

5/12: Contest entry closes

5/19: Winner announced

Entering is simple.

  1. Download the Sing! Karaoke by Smule app.
  2. Join Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” duet.
  3. Record your version of “Jealous” and post it on Smule.
  4. Save the video.
  5. Copy the link and visit SingWithLG.com to submit.
  6. ENTER HERE!

Grand prize winner:

  1. Win a new LG G6 smartphone and LG Home Entertainment System (over $5,000 worth of premium LG products)
  2. A personal meet & greet with Nick himself!

Sing “Jealous” with Nick Jonas on Smule

 

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Sing “Say you won’t let go” by James Arthur on Smule

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Sing “Say you won’t let go” by James Arthur on Smule
Anybody who watches the X Factor knows that James was the winner for the ninth series of the British X Factor in 2012. Since then, James has many successful stories in his musical career. Shortly after winning the X Factor, James released his first single “Impossible” which sold 1.4 million copies in the UK placing his single at number one in the UK singles chart for an entire week. Following up with his next single, “You’re Nobody until Somebody Love You”, which had a strong traction placed number 2 on the UK singles chart. With two successful singles, James debuted his first album, Self-titled, in 2013 which places number 2 on UK Albums Chart. Many songs later, James signed with Columbia Records releasing his second studio album titled Back From the Edge.

Sing “Say you won’t let go” by James Arthur on Smule

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Sing “Te Assumi Pro Brasil”Matheus & Kauan on Smule

Sing “Te Assumi Pro Brasil”Matheus & Kauan on Smule

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Super excited to announce our partner artists, Matheus and Kauan who are huge in Brazil right now – so huge they are actually the biggest YouTube channel in Brazil as they are reaching over 110 million views on YouTube for their new single, and that is only in the span of 4 months! Check them out here. Their other songs are hitting 90 million and 180 million. These two began as a duo in 2010 from Goias, Brazil where they classify themselves as pop country, or sertanejo.

 

Today you can sing with them on Smule!

 

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Sing “Castle on the Hill” with Ed Sheeran on Sing!

 

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Sing “Castle on the Hill” with Ed Sheeran on Sing!

There’s no key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” – Ed Sheeran

You asked for it and we listened. One of the most requested partner artists you all have requested- Ed Sheeran, the self-made musician from Framlingham, Suffolk is now available to sing with. His career began in 2004 where he began recording his own music. Throughout the course of a couple years, Sheeran began singing in open studios and open mic shows. In 2010 he bought a ticket to Los Angeles, not knowing a single soul, where he did the same thing and did open mics throughout the city. Shortly after, he was spotted by Jamie Foxx and The Foxxhole. Foxx actually offered him his very own studio and bedroom for the remainder of his stay. Fast forward to 2011, when he released “The A Team” which sold 801,000 copies globally. His singles and albums have skyrocketed since and has been nominated for 104 awards and winning 42 awards including 2 grammies!

Sheeran had two albums that have spent 16 weeks sitting on billboard’s number 1 spot, and 3 of his singles sitting at the number 1 spot for 10 weeks.

Random fact:

Sheeran bought a farm in Suffolk where he is hoping to raise his family. 

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Sing “Me Libera Nega” with MC Beijinho

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Sing “Me Libera Nega” with Cante Junto and MC Beijinho 

Super exciting news we are happy to tell you about today! Today, we are introducing MC Beijinho and his song “Me Libra Nega”, which is one of the hottest Carnaval songs in Brazil right now, which is the largest festival in the world. Haven’t heard of MC Beijinho? That’s because he is brand new and this is his first single – talk about a good single. 😉 This song went viral on social medias because singers like Caetano Veloso, globally famous, recorded a video singing this song on YouTube. Check it out here. 

 

Don’t forget to sing with MC Beihinho and tag us in your videos :)

Sing “Me Libera Nega” with Cante Junto and MC Beijinho 

 

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