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Jaak hails its first blockchain music-rights pilot with rightsholders

British blockchain startup Jaak has revealed details of its first music-industry pilot, with partners including Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Global Music Rights and BMG. China-based consultancy Outdustry,...
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The secrets of successful D2C sales: ‘It is about scale and it is about speed’

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) sales of music, merchandise and tickets have been growing in importance for many artists for some time now. So how is this segment of the music industry evolving? A panel at our Sandbox Summit...
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Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolution

At record labels, catalogue and frontline used to be church and state – rarely mixing. But streaming is blurring the lines, and Tom Mullen’s role as VP of catalogue marketing for Atlantic Records is a further expansion...
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Spotify tests 10% subscription-price increase in Norway

Spotify’s standard €/£/$9.99-a-month price for a one-person subscription has remained the same ever since its launch in 2008, but could the company be preparing to increase it? It’s exploring the idea. The streaming...
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Music marketing in the streaming age: ‘Using the artists here is very important’

Against a backdrop of streaming being hailed – again – as the major driver behind the record industry’s slow but steady return to growth in the IFPI’s numbers for 2017, the importance of streaming services as marketing...
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Music marketing in the voice era: ‘Fans really connect with stories’

At Music Ally's Sandbox Summit NY conference today, the discussion around music-marketing trends inevitably touched on smart speakers and voice assistants, with a panel session focusing on the implications for labels and...
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Trap Nation founder: ‘Views are not the most important things’ on YouTube

“I wanted to find a way that was more productive than drinking and smoking weed with my friends.” That was the impetus behind Andre Benz setting up Trap Nation in 2012 when he was still in high school. It’s the YouTube...
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Spotify’s Troy Carter talks free tier, windowing and audience building

Fresh from playing a prominent role at Spotify’s announcement of its new mobile app in New York yesterday, the company’s global head of creator services Troy Carter talked to Music Ally about the background to the news,...
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Spotify beefs up its free tier with on-demand playlists

Spotify has unveiled its new mobile app, and as expected, it includes providing free users with on-demand access to some of its key playlists. In doing so, it has given its own playlist brands an even-more front-and-centre...
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Global recorded-music revenues grew by 8.1% in 2017 says IFPI

The global recorded-music market was worth $17.3bn in 2017, up 8.1% on 2016 in what was a third consecutive year of growth for the industry. This is according to the IFPI’s Global Music Report, which is being published...
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Consolidated Independent co-founder warns of indie threats

The opening address at AIM’s Music Connected conference in London last Friday came from Paul Sanders, co-founder of Consolidated Independent. He delivered a warning around the ability to stay independent, for music companies...
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7digital claims ‘positive’ start to 2018 with new contract wins

B2B digital-music firm 7digital has published a trading update for its business in the first quarter of this year, which it describes as “positive” for the company. “Trading in the first quarter matched the company’s...