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Sandbox Issue 206: Appetite for Consumption

Lead: The album exclusive is pretty much dead. But in its place has come the growing demand from DSPs for bespoke and unique content. They all want to be serviced with something their rivals don’t have – but this is a...
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US Album And Single Sales and Streams July 2015

This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
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YouTube star Connor Franta turns music curator again

Last year, YouTube vlogger Connor Franta curated a compilation album, ‘Crown, Vol. 1’, which did pretty well on the iTunes charts. Well enough to spawn a second one, anyway: ‘Common Culture’ was released yesterday,...
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‘Lost’ Spice Girls tracks appear on SoundCloud (then get lost again)

Exciting times yesterday for the underground Spice Girls crate-digging community, as four “lost” tracks by the group appeared on SoundCloud. The Verge claimed that the songs had been recorded for the band’s final album...
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Madonna launches ‘Rebel Heart’ sweepstakes in Grindr app

Snapchat? Pfft, SO last week. Madonna’s latest social-app marketing activity is taking place within location-based hookups app Grindr, with a focus on her gay fanbase. Users of the app are being invited to recreate the...
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Father John Misty spoofs streaming services with SAP site

The upcoming album from Father John Misty is, according to friends who’ve heard it, marvellous. 
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TLC’s final album to be crowdfunded on Kickstarter

Pioneering group TLC are recording another album – their final one – and they’re turning to Kickstarter to fund it. 
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Trevor Jackson gets physical with 12-format album release

Physical music isn’t dead just yet – vinyl is thriving, even if it’s still a small niche within overall music sales. However, some physical formats most certainly are dead: mini-disc, 8-track or mini CD, anyone? But...
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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA sees Spotify as ‘a new radio station’

Fresh from selling the single copy of their latest album for $5m, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has been talking about his views on digital music more generally, during promotional appearances at CES for the band’s Bombotix speaker....
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Panda Bear rolls out round-the-world radio premieres

Who said traditional radio stations couldn’t be part of a new-fangled digital marketing campaign? Not us, and not Panda Bear or label Domino either. His new album ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’ is being unveiled...
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Thom Yorke launched his latest album on Bandcamp

When Thom Yorke released ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ as a BitTorrent bundle last year, it attracted some criticism due to fans being required to install BitTorrent’s software to download the album. Why didn’t Yorke...
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Madonna rush-releases new tracks after leak

Last week, we reported on a full album’s worth of new Madonna songs leaking online, even though Madonna quickly released a statement claiming they were unfinished. Over the weekend, her strategy moved on a step: six songs...