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UMG general counsel says exclusives shouldn’t cause tension

You can rely on a senior lawyer to pour oil on troubled waters: Universal Music’s general counsel Jeffrey Harleston has been addressing the question of streaming exclusives, in an interview with Billboard. “I don’t...
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About those ‘Spotify burying Frank Ocean’ claims…

Last Friday, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’ album was made available on Spotify after its period of Apple Music exclusivity.
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Streaming exclusives, labels and the death of the ‘release date’

You’d be forgiven for having reached saturation point with thinkpieces about album exclusives on music-streaming services. However, if you’ve got room for one more, make it Kobalt VP of global marketing strategy David...
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Frank Ocean may have made $1.8m from ‘Blond’ in the US

Obligatory caveat: nobody knows how much Frank Ocean has made from his latest album ‘Blond’ – not even Ocean himself – until the money actually rolls in. Billboard has been taking some educated guesses based on...
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On Frank Ocean, Universal, Apple Music and exclusives

There are a lot of assumptions being made about the current situation between Frank Ocean, Universal Music and Apple. The fact that Ocean’s visual album ‘Endless’ (released through UMG) was followed so swiftly by...
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Frank Ocean releases ‘Blond’ album

Yes, Frank Ocean’s new album is actually available. No, it’s not called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ – that’s the 360-page magazine that the physical version of the album is package with. No, it’s not called ‘Endless’...
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Frank Ocean, David Gray and the death of the “old” album

When is an album not an album? Kanye West has been constantly tinkering with The Life Of Pablo, adding, subtracting and rearranging it – treating it either as a rolling art exhibition or something he’ll just never be...
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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.
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Frank Ocean – the latest Apple Music exclusive?

Both Apple and Tidal have been upping the stakes around exclusives this year in what we can crudely call an escalating Content War (with others like Spotify left to sit on the sidelines and hope the exclusive windowing period...
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Tumblr’s live video move ties in with YouTube and others

As expected, Tumblr launched its live-streaming video feature yesterday, but there was a twist in the way the feature works. Rather than compete with other platforms, Tumblr is working with them. “You can post live videos...