SoundCloud ICYMI: Check out the latest episode of SoundCloud Next Wave

The latest episode of SoundCloud Next Wave, SoundCloud’s mini-docuseries spotlighting emerging music scenes around the globe, is now available. The latest episode, “Northern Stars,” features Toronto-based, budding local artists Harrison, a l l i e, Birthday Boy and M.I. Blue, whose music is characterized by a futuristic and playful blend of r&b, electronic and pop. The episode captures the emerging music scene that exists slightly left of what’s most popular in the Canadian city and is danceable, groovy, fun and bright.

The SoundCloud Next Wave series shines a spotlight on the stories and sounds behind the fringe creator communities changing music culture. Together, the episodes encapsulate a six-city journey that introduces the innovative, and often rebellious, emerging artists that have embraced SoundCloud as a medium to connect, collaborate, and create new musical landscapes.  

“Degenerate Generation,” the debut episode of SoundCloud Next Wave went live in July and explored Los Angeles-based artists Lil Tracy, Fat Nick and Pouya, who stand at the helm of the goth rap movement.

Stay tuned here for upcoming episodes featuring scenes in New York, Rio, London, and Berlin.

SoundCloud Even more stats on SoundCloud Pulse

SoundCloud Pulse, SoundCloud’s creator-focused companion app, enables creators to manage their accounts and keep their communities humming anytime, anywhere. The app brings the insights available on desktop to the hands of on-the-go creators. This includes the latest stats on track performance, the ability to comment back to fans, edit tracks, and manage your profile directly in the app.

Beginning today, creators have even more stats available on-the-go with the addition of Top Listeners, which gives creators more information on their most engaged fans, and Top Countries and Top Cities which offer insights into the most engaged geographical locations, on SoundCloud Pulse. All creators get access to their top listener, country and city on SoundCloud Pulse. SoundCloud Pro or SoundCloud Pro Unlimited subscribers will get access to a top 50 list of stats.

Check out below singer-songwriter, Valerie June discovering her top listener using SoundCloud Pulse.

Stay up-to-date on what’s happening with your audience on-the-go, get SoundCloud Pulse for free now on iOS and Android.

Alex Exciting news and the future of SoundCloud

Hey everyone,

Recently you heard me say SoundCloud isn’t going away. And today I’m here to tell you the exact same thing once again. In all caps.

I’m happy to announce that together with investors The Raine Group and Temasek we’ve just wrapped up the largest financing round in the history of SoundCloud. This financing means SoundCloud remains strong & independent. As I said, SoundCloud is here to stay.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been moved by the outpouring of commentary around SoundCloud’s unique & crucial role in driving what global culture is today (and what it will become tomorrow). You’ve told me how, without SoundCloud, there would be a giant gaping void in today’s world of music. We can’t have that, and I’m happy to once again say that won’t be happening.

I’m excited to also announce that this new partnership also brings talent to our SoundCloud family. From prior Vimeo-fame (a platform we love!) comes Kerry Trainor and Mike Weissman, two awesome leaders who will be joining SoundCloud as CEO and COO, respectively.

Wait, CEO? Am I leaving? No, absolutely not. After a decade of balancing the roles of Founder, CEO and Chairman I’m excited to hand the CEO reins over to Kerry to allow me to fully focus on the role of the Chairman and the long-term. This, I know, sets us up as an even greater team  for the decade(s) to come.

10 years ago SoundCloud was just an idea Eric and I bounced around. Today it’s a platform essential to the shaping of songs, artists, genres and global culture. I can’t fathom how we’ve been so lucky as to create that. But what’s even better is this: we’re all just getting started. The first 10 years are done, and now we’re onto decade II.

SoundCloud, just like music, will continue to evolve, but importantly, both will always be a key part of life.

Alexander Ljung
Founder & Chairman, SoundCloud