Digital marketing lessons from WMG, Kobalt and Lounge Books
Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London yesterday included three short’n’sharp sessions where digital marketers outlined the lessons they learned from recent campaigns. Warner Music Group’s senior VP of...
October 12, 2017
Music Ally Report 398 – Tube Exit
Lead: Music Ally has heard that at least one major label is threatening to pull its content from YouTube before Christmas. This could prove to be a negotiating strategy/last resort, but what would happen if they actually...
November 23, 2016
Invest with Diplo in Chemistry Spirits (?)
We are now in a post-post-irony environment on the internet. Miasmas of meta-memes mean it is impossible to separate what is real from what is just affected as real. It’s like all those terrible books and articles by Baudrillard...
June 12, 2015
Hachette tests selling books via Twitter
We’ve seen a few artists experiment with selling music directly from tweets through companies like Chirpify and Gumroad. Now the idea is spreading to the book publishing world. Major publisher Hachette announced plans yesterday...
December 19, 2014
Amazon and book publisher Hachette settle their differences
The long-running (and poisonously public) dispute between Amazon and book publisher Hachette appears to be over, after the companies agreed a new deal over ebook pricing. Hachette will now get full control over setting the...
November 18, 2014
How Amazon became a villain for some book publishers
Music Ally has been following the dispute between Amazon and publisher Hachette from a distance: it’s an instructive example of the kind of battles between Big Tech and entertainment/media companies that could become more...
November 12, 2014
Authors United pressing for US antitrust investigation into Amazon
The dispute between Amazon and Hachette – and by extension a growing group of writers campaigning under the banner of Authors United – continues. The latest authors to sign up to protest Amazon’s decision to bar...
September 30, 2014
One Direction Who We Are autobiography gets official app
A reminder, if you need it, that this week sees the release of One Direction: Who We Are – the official autobiography of the band published by HarperCollins. And since this is 2014, there's an app for that. The publisher...
September 26, 2014
Amazon v Hachette row steps up a notch after Authors United letter
Amazon's war of words with book publisher Hachette has stepped up a notch in recent days, with an open letter signed by authors provoking further communications from both companies. It's safe to say neither is in the mood...
August 11, 2014
Apple ebooks ruling won’t apply to music
There has been a lot of speculation about what the outcome of the ruling relating to Apple and price-fixing of ebooks would have on its sale of other content.
August 29, 2013
Beck to release new album Song Reader as a… book?
Never an artist to stick to convention, Beck's new album will be released as a physical book by Faber.
August 9, 2012