Taylor Swift probably isn’t launching a streaming service
With certain digital music industry news sites turning into TMZ, perhaps it’s no surprise that the latter (celebrity gossip-focused) site is expanding into digital-music speculation. “Taylor Swift is done fighting...
March 16, 2017
Saavn commissions its first ‘artist originals’ track
Saavn is the latest music-streaming service to expand its original content. The Indian firm has launched an initiative called Artist Originals (AO), which will see the company commission, produce and distribute new tracks...
February 28, 2017
Sam Lee and Melissa Bel give artists’ views on music’s future
The final panel of the day at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam saw a pair of musicians – Sam Lee from the UK and Melissa Bel, originally from Canada but now based in the UK – have their say on the music industry’s...
February 23, 2017
Artists making money from music: sync, brands… and gin!
Sync and brand partnerships are increasingly important sources of income for musicians, but there remains some tension around brands working with artists directly, rather than arguing over fees with their labels. That...
February 23, 2017
Kate Nash to Snapchat: ‘Dude, where’s my pay cheque?’
Musician Kate Nash has sparked a discussion about Snapchat’s music-licensing strategy, after she claimed that the company was using her song ‘Foundations’ in one of its lenses without paying her for the rights. “HI...
February 20, 2017
Bandcamp quadrupled signups by removing ‘fan account’ restrictions
The number of people signing up to Bandcamp quadrupled after it dropped its requirement for people to make a purchase before they could get a ‘fan account’ on the music site. Until recently, the restriction meant that...
February 20, 2017
Passion Pit frontman launching services company for artists
The frontman of Passion Pit, Michael Angelakos, is launching a company to provide legal, educational and healthcare services to musicians. Mashable, which broke the story ahead of an expected announcement this week, included...
February 14, 2017
Deezer Next programme will champion emerging artists
Spotify appears to have put on hold its ‘Spotlight’ programme choosing a set of emerging artists to promote in the year ahead. Rival Deezer, though, is just getting started with its equivalent, which it is branding as...
January 17, 2017
Beatie Wolfe on bringing back ‘the art of music in the digital age’
“I had no plans to make a musical jacket or do a deck of cards. Or even make an album! But then I was at an event and met this rock-star tailor who’d just moved into Yoko and Lennon’s first home…” Beatie Wolfe...
December 22, 2016
Anohni slams Apple as ‘the McDonalds of consumer high tech’
Musician Anohni has given Apple both barrels, and then some, based on her experience of having a music video funded by the company. In an interview with Kickstarter’s The Creative Independent site, she said that “the...
October 11, 2016
Eight things we learned about ‘dissecting the digital dollar’ in music
A year ago, the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) published its initial Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, exploring the impact that digital music in general – and streaming in particular – is having on the musician and...
October 6, 2016
Kickstarter launches The Creative Independent site
Kickstarter’s head of music Molly Neumann recently told Music Ally about the crowdfunding firm’s plans to provide more post-funding support to creators. One of those initiatives launched yesterday: The Creative Independent....
September 27, 2016