WMG and Sony to share Spotify windfall with artists
The long-sensitive question about what major labels would do with any windfall from a Spotify IPO has emerged again, with the labels scrambling to stress that they would share any profits with artists. It’s a rerun of...
February 5, 2016
Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ album drops with Tidal exclusive
Rihanna has finally released her new album ‘ANTI’. No, seriously, she has. The long-awaited LP has been regularly rumoured to be about to drop, before not appearing. But overnight, ‘ANTI’ went live on Tidal, the...
January 28, 2016
Apple’s new music app could boost Apple Music Connect
Apple has launched a brand new iOS app aimed at musicians and songwriters. It's called Music Memos. Available as a free download, the app is being pitched as a way for musicians to quickly record ideas – an alternative...
January 20, 2016
Music Tips for 2016: one list to rule them all (possibly)
From esteemed judging panels to clever algorithms, everyone and their opinionated (possibly algorithmic) uncle is coming up with a list of emerging musicians tipped for stardom in 2016. How to make sense of it all? Well,...
December 22, 2015
Mumford & Sons criticise secondary ticketing market
Mumford & Sons are the latest artist to stick their heads above the parapet and criticise the secondary ticketing market, with a blog post on their website. It was sparked by the fact that around 6k tickets for the band’s...
December 17, 2015
Imogen Heap: blockchain tech is ‘really shaking things up in a good way’
Bitcoin and Blockchain have become music industry buzzwords over the past few months with many players hoping the two will transform the music industry’s payment system from what some deem chaotic and unfair to efficient...
November 23, 2015
Adele is an outlier and that extends to her streaming holdout
Adele’s new album ’25’ is released today, and it won’t be available on streaming services. And unlike Taylor Swift, this isn’t a strategy focused on Spotify with its ‘no premium windowing’ stance. Adele’s...
November 20, 2015
Mungo Jerry part of 100×30 Spotify royalties protest
In the summertime, when the royalties aren’t hot… Sorry, an obvious cheap shot in response to the news that 60s star Mungo Jerry is part of the latest campaign to protest about Spotify and streaming royalties. It’s...
November 19, 2015
Cash Music launches new site on importance of music
Music-focused nonprofit Cash Music has launched a new website “focused on the importance of music and artists”, which aims to deliver some straight talking on music’s role in the modern technology world. “I think...
November 19, 2015
Spotify launches Fan Insights analytics for artists
Spotify is launching a new “Fan Insights” dashboard that will provide musicians and managers with analytics on how they’re being listened to on the music-streaming service. The dashboard is currently in “limited...
November 17, 2015
Jimmy Iovine: freemium services are building their businesses on the back of artists
Just as its own three-month free trial comes to an end, Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has spoken out about the general culture of free and the terrible damage it is, in his eyes, causing the music business. Speaking at...
November 8, 2015
Music manager Bruce Flohr: artists are becoming ‘storytellers’
“The role of a music manager today is evolving into really helping artists craft stories. As we stream and sample music it’s becoming more and more difficult to get an audience to really engage. We can taste things but...
November 6, 2015