British labels’ 10.6% revenue rise is ‘fastest since Britpop’
British industry body the BPI has published its official label-income figures for 2017, covering recorded-music revenues in the UK. They show a 10.6% rise to £839.4m, with the chosen angle being that this is the fastest...
April 11, 2018
Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in January
While recent ERA and BPI figures have made much of the growth in revenue and consumption of music streaming services in the UK, they didn’t explains how many people in Britain pay for a music subscription. Now we have...
March 5, 2018
Q&A: BPI boss Geoff Taylor on the UK’s streaming-fuelled music growth
Music Ally recently interviewed BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor about the UK's recorded-music market trends in 2017: from the growth of subscription streaming and safe harbours to Brexit and diversity. Recent BPI and...
March 5, 2018
YouTube to stream Brit Awards outside the UK for fifth year
Is it that time of the year already? We mean the time when a press release lands in Music Ally’s inbox about YouTube and the BPI, and *doesn’t* mention the ‘value gap’. The British industry body has enlisted YouTube...
February 6, 2018
UK spending on recorded music grew by 9.6% in 2017
Brits spent more than £1.2bn on recorded music in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 9.6% fuelled by the growth of streaming subscriptions. Figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) revealed that...
January 3, 2018
BPI calls for YouTube to do more about stream-ripping
Hot on the heels of reaching a settlement with YouTube-MP3 that took the stream-ripping site offline, UK industry body the BPI is turning its attention to other sites. But also the service that they leech off. CEO Geoff...
September 12, 2017
Music bodies confirm YouTube-MP3 stream-ripping shutdown
Reports on a court filing meant that the news of a settlement between labels and stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 broke before the relevant industry bodies could announce it. But announce it they did, yesterday, with the...
September 8, 2017
Facebook VP: ‘We understand and respect the value of all artists’
What is Facebook's music-licensing strategy going to be? It's one of the big music-industry questions of 2017, and earlier this week, Bloomberg suggested that the strategy will start with paying 'hundreds of millions' of...
September 7, 2017
BPI hails record-breaking British music exports in 2016
The spectre of Brexit is looming ever more worryingly for the UK: our favourite recent one-liner of political analysis was that nobody who’s enthusiastic about leaving the EU is competent enough to make the process a success,...
September 7, 2017
Spotify may be overtaking YouTube music for UK teenagers
YouTube remains a hugely popular for young people, but could Spotify really be overtaking it as their principle music source? That's the claim in a new report, Gen Z: Meet the Young Millennials, published by Midia Research...
June 28, 2017
The BPI has now sent 312m takedowns to Google
Life comes at you fast when you’re reporting on how many takedown notices music-industry bodies have sent to Google. Yesterday, TorrentFreak reported that UK body the BPI had passed the 310m notices mark. This morning,...
June 20, 2017
Grime music consumption up 93% in the UK says BPI
Awards, chart-topping albums and continued critical acclaim have made the last year a big one for UK grime. Now British industry body the BPI has put out some figures to quantify the genre’s rise, in partnership with Disrupt...
June 19, 2017