Roxanne de Bastion: ‘What I learned crowdfunding from my own website’
“You'd be surprised by who's willing to support your music." These were the words of my singer songwriter friend E.W. Harris back in 2010 (insert a thick US Southern drawl for a more accurate quote). He had just...
March 6, 2018
Universal promises to share Spotify windfall with its artists
With Spotify preparing for its direct public listing, Universal Music has settled a long-running question over how it will deal with any windfall from its shares in the streaming service. “Consistent with UMG’s approach...
March 6, 2018
Neil Young takes aim at Google and other tech giants
Neil Young has said some thought-provoking things about digital music in the last few years, but his latest blog post about Google could have done with a fact-checker. “Today, in the age of FaceBook, GOOGLE and Amazon,...
February 26, 2018
ShaoDow talks artist entrepreneurs: merch, manga and more
Music Ally first encountered British artist ShaoDow earlier this month at AIM’s Indie-Con event in London. Less than a fortnight later, he was holding court at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam. The topic: ‘The...
February 15, 2018
She Makes War: Laura Kidd on the experience of crowdfunding an album
UK-based musician Laura Kidd writes, produces and records music as She Makes War, with three albums under her belt so far. She's crowdfunding her fourth using PledgeMusic: here's her take on the experience as an artist. "In...
January 31, 2018
Taylor Swift to make streaming services wait for new album
It wouldn’t feel right to have a new Taylor Swift album without an almighty hoo-ha around streaming, despite the star’s rapprochement with Spotify in June. Multiple reports overnight explain that her new album ‘Reputation’...
November 8, 2017
Spotify launches ‘Rise’ programme for emerging artists
A few years ago, Spotify had an initiative called ‘Spotlight’ which picked out its new acts to watch, promoting them in its local markets. Hozier, Tove Lo and Jack Garratt were among the beneficiaries. But Spotlight...
October 23, 2017
Spotify launches iOS app for musicians
Spotify has launched a new mobile app, but this one has a very specific group of users in mind: musicians. The Spotify for Artists app goes live today for iOS, with the music-streaming service promising that an Android...
October 12, 2017
Abbey Road launches Topline app to help artists capture ideas
Not content with running its own startups incubator, Abbey Road Studios is now getting into the mobile apps game. But its new app, Topline, is firmly focused on the London studios’ key customers: artists. The app is...
October 4, 2017
Neil Finn talks livestreams, tech and social media’s evolution
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter. As well as being hugely prolific, he was an early convert to the...
August 9, 2017
Mycelia talks blockchain music: ‘Artists want to understand…’
The first time Music Ally heard about Mycelia was in July 2015, when musician Imogen Heap talked to Forbes about her hopes for “a fair, true, bright and shining home for music” supported by blockchain music technology...
July 28, 2017
SoundCloud’s core community sounds off about its problems
It’s overly simplistic to suggest that SoundCloud’s problems in 2017 – including its recent major round of layoffs – are entirely rooted in its moves to secure licensing deals with labels and publishers, while launching...
July 24, 2017