British artists get £2.8m more music exports funding
The BPI has announced a relaunch of the music exports scheme it runs with the UK’s Department for International Trade, which will see £2.8m made available for musicians (via independent music companies, labels, distributors...
October 10, 2016
Music industry bodies launch first stream-ripping lawsuit
Music industry bodies have been talking more openly about the danger they see in ‘stream-ripping’ sites that help people rip permanent downloads from streaming services like YouTube. Now they’re taking one such site...
September 27, 2016
BPI boss talks streaming, globalisation and album exclusives
The BPI AGM in London yesterday (7th September) saw the British industry body's chief executive warn that global playlists could see the UK tumble down the global pecking order, while also sending a coded warning to labels...
September 8, 2016
‘Greenwash’ – BPI and IFPI respond to Google piracy report
Well, that didn't take long. The publication of Google's 'How Google Fights Piracy' report has already drawn critical responses from British music body the BPI and global body the IFPI. "This report looks a lot like 'greenwash'....
July 13, 2016
BPI returns to vinyl / YouTube comparison for 2015
Comparing vinyl sales with online-video revenues has become one of the sticks the music industry is using to beat YouTube with. The BPI was first to make the comparison in November 2015 with chief executive Geoff Taylor’s...
May 20, 2016
BPI boss takes new aim at YouTube over ‘value gap’
BPI chief Geoff Taylor used his appearance at Canadian Music Week to weigh back in to the debate about YouTube and music royalties. Taylor claimed that revenues for British labels from music videos “flat-lined in 2015,...
May 9, 2016
BPI Streaming Figures, October 2014
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
April 21, 2016
Brits bought 637k vinyl albums in Q1 this year
As the UK prepares for Record Store Day, the BPI has released figures showing that Brits bought 637k vinyl albums in the first quarter of 2016. That’s up 61.8% year-on-year, with vinyl now accounting for 3.9% of the...
April 15, 2016
BPI targets Google with demand for ‘notice and stay down’ policy
The BPI has criticised Google – an opening sentence that could have been taken from a Music Ally story at pretty much any point in the last decade. In March 2016, though, the topic is a familiar complaint: Google's policy...
March 24, 2016
Solo artists ruled the UK roost in 2015 says BPI
Solo artists accounted for a 60% market share of album sales in the UK in 2015, according to research published by the BPI. In fact, the five top albums all belonged to solo acts: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Elvis Presley...
February 16, 2016
Benji Rogers and Imogen Heap: building the music blockchain
Of all the places you might attend an event on “Fair-Trade Music, Virtual Reality and The Blockchain”, the headquarters of British music-industry body BPI is one of the more surprising. Aren’t its most powerful members...
February 2, 2016