Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’
Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI (Magic Numbers: How Can Data & Analytics Really Help The Music Industry?) and written by Music Ally, an afternoon of presentations and panel...
July 10, 2018
European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13
If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
July 6, 2018
Music bodies up lobbying efforts ahead of crucial Article 13 vote
It’s now one day until a crucial vote in the European Parliament on the EU’s draft Copyright Directive, and music bodies are leading the charge of creative industries in urging politicians to support the proposed legislation...
July 4, 2018
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