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
British music optimism in 2017: talent, exports, hard work
British music will have a high profile at Midem 2017, thanks to the British Music at Midem stand; more than 150 British delegates and companies; and six British artists performing at the evening showcases. That presence...
June 6, 2017
UK government launches ‘Music Mission’ to China
The British government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is launching a new initiative that aims to help musicians and music companies do more business in China. The DIT is working with industry bodies the BPI...
April 21, 2017
Streaming to overtake physical revenues for UK labels in 2017
British music-industry body the BPI has published its latest trade-income figures this morning, and while the 5.1% growth in label revenues is the headline, it’s the prediction that streaming will overtake physical revenues...
April 13, 2017
UK rightsholders reach piracy deal with search engines
As predicted last week, search-engine owners have reached an agreement with rightsholders on a new ‘voluntary code of practice’ in the UK to tackle links to copyright-infringing content on their services. “Creative...
February 20, 2017
Brits now streaming 1bn songs a week says BPI
British industry body the BPI has published its annual report on music consumption in the UK, reporting a 1.5% rise in 2016, using its metric of ‘album equivalent sales’. That involves dividing the total individual track...
January 3, 2017
YouTube pays out $1bn in ad revenue to music industry in past year
Amid the politicking around the “value gap”, an old revenue figure of $3bn paid to music rightsholders since 2007 was commonly thrown around to prove that YouTube was either great for the music industry or terrible for...
December 6, 2016
BPI boss Geoff Taylor on AI, music and the technological singularity
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI and Brit Awards, wrote this foreword for Music Ally and the BPI's recent Music's Smart Future report, addressing the potential of machine-learning, chatbots and artificial intelligence...
November 29, 2016
AI could be the music industry’s next Napster moment – but much bigger
“It’s probably fair to say that AI will change the music industry and lots of other industries a lot more than the internet did.” Ed Newton-Rex, CEO of startup Jukedeck, set the tone at last night’s ‘Music’s...
November 24, 2016