New York - Instagram, which has quickly become a favourite social media platform for stars, on Wednesday launched a channel dedicated to music.
The account @Music, a first-of-a-kind dedicated content channel run by Instagram will each week highlight an up-and-coming artist or offer a behind-the-scenes look at a more established musician.
The new account will be "dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it," Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post.
Instagram, with its focus on visuals, has witnessed soaring growth since its launch in 2010 thanks in part to the worldwide fad of selfie pictures, the rising quality of smartphone cameras and regular user-engaging themes such as "#ThrowbackThursday."
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Musicians have embraced Instagram as a way to communicate with fans, offering everything from professional photos to snapshots of their day-to-day lives.
Facebook, which has more than one billion users but has seen its growth mature, in 2012 bought Instagram for an estimated $1bn.
Fellow social media giant Twitter has meanwhile struggled to find a strategy for music that brings in revenue.
Sunil Singhvi from Twitter's British division said this week that he would come to the US headquarters to take charge of the company's music section.
The music community is –– and always has been –– an important part of Instagram. For the past four years, we have become the home for artists big and small –– a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans. Today we’re launching @music, a new account dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it. Each week, we’ll take a look at the musical experience on Instagram. That means showing you a different side of artists you know and love, like Questlove (@questlove), and introducing you to up-and-coming talents from around the world, like Tricot (@ikkyu193). It means highlighting music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers and, of course, fans. In the Instagram tradition, we will also welcome community participation with a new, music-themed monthly hashtag project. Music is a huge part of all of our lives here at Instagram. It’s a passion of ours, and we know it’s a passion of yours. So follow along at @music –– we think you’ll discover something new. -- Kevin Systrom, Founder and CEO Art by @jaredeberhardt
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