10 music chatbots worth talking to in 2016
The first chatbots were developed in the 1960s, long before smartphones and messaging apps had the world’s eyeballs transfixed. This isn’t a new technology, but it’s certainly a hot one in 2016 thanks to Facebook,...
October 6, 2016
Unofficial Justin Bieber chatbot reaches 3m messages in a week
Sequel is one of the startups hoping to turn messaging chatbots into a business: it describes itself as a “conversational media specialist”. Its latest conversations are taking place on an unofficial ‘JustinBieberBot’,...
October 6, 2016
Behind The Campaign: Bastille Wild World
Wild World is the second album from British rock band Bastille and was released in September, coming three and a half years after their similarly alliteratively titled debut, Bad Blood. Luke Ferrar, senior digital marketing...
October 5, 2016
Line Music gets a chatbot as Line invests in Snow
Messaging firm Line made a series of announcements yesterday showing its latest technology bets. First, the company wants more developers to create chatbots for its main app. It’s creating a new messaging API and software...
September 30, 2016
Karl is a Facebook Messenger chatbot who recommends concerts
In our recent interview with Ticketmaster’s Ismail Elshareef, he enthused about the potential for chatbots focusing on live music recommendation. Now one of them has emerged into the wild. It’s called Karl, and he’s...
September 28, 2016
Facebook Messenger has 30k bots but many were ‘overhyped’
Facebook launched tools for developers to create chatbots for its Messenger app in April, with more than 18k created by July.
September 14, 2016
Katy Perry gets her own ‘Mad Love chatbot on Kik
After Bastille and Hardwell, the latest musician to get their own chatbot is Katy Perry. Messaging app Kik has created a “Katy Perry’s Mad Love” bot, which is seemingly an official partnership with the artist to promote...
August 12, 2016
This week’s Sandbox: Bot n Roll
Music Ally’s latest Sandbox digital music marketing report was published yesterday, and is available to read for all subscribers.
August 11, 2016
Sandbox 163 – Bot’N’Roll
Lead: Radiohead created a chatbot 15 years ago, but in recent months these conversing machines have roared back into life. More than just a gimmick, they offer artists a way into the “dark social” where many younger fans...
August 10, 2016
Facebook Messenger now has 1bn active users globally
You know what's cool? One BILLION active users of Facebook Messenger. It's more cool than reheating old quotes from The Social Network anyway. Oh, wait... But yes, Facebook has a major new milestone for Messenger, announcing...
July 20, 2016
Facebook Messenger has more than 11k bots already
Earlier this year, Facebook opened up its Messenger app to chatbots from external developers. Just under three months later, more than 11k bots have launched within the messaging app.
July 4, 2016
Facebook gets its own Content ID with Rights Manager tool
There is lots to say about what Facebook announced at its annual f8 conference last night, but the news of most immediate interest to the music industry is a new tool called Rights Manager. It’s essentially Facebook’s...
April 13, 2016