Instagram Instgr-albums: aligning the social network
[The following is a comment piece by Gregor Pryor, co-chair of the Entertainment & Media Group at legal firm Reed Smith.] So Jaden Smith released his (remix) album solely on Instagram. It’s a typically obtuse promotional...
August 15, 2018
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more… Any...
August 10, 2018
Instagram CEO celebrates the success of the stories format
‘Made it your own’ has become one of the clichés for TV talent-show X Factor, usually deployed by a judge when a contestant has bellowed a popular song into oblivion. Thankfully, that’s not the usage adopted by...
August 3, 2018
Facebook and Instagram get new time-management tools
‘Time well spent’ is the new mantra doing the rounds in Silicon Valley, as technology companies take action (or at least strive to be *seen* to be taking action) to help people look up from their smartphones every once...
August 2, 2018
Kylie Jenner earns *how much* for a sponsored Instagram post?
There have been quite a few fanciful studies in recent times claiming to have estimated the amount celebrities are ‘worth’ on Instagram, based on their number of followers and how much that might be worth *if* they were...
July 31, 2018
Sandbox Issue 209: Storylines, Music’s next chapter with Instagram Stories
Lead: There are 400m people using Instagram Stories every day and musicians are among the heaviest lifters here. Until recently, however, it was a curiously music-free set up; but new licensing deals with parent company...
July 30, 2018
Report claims that 9.5% of Instagram users may be bots
Do androids dream of Instagramming their electric-sheep noodles in the hope of getting a few hundred likes? A new report from research firm Ghost Data suggests that as many as 9.5% of Instagram users may be bots. That’s...
July 20, 2018
TuneCore adds Facebook and Instagram monetisation feature
TuneCore has become the latest distributor to help its clients make money from usage of their music on Facebook and Instagram. “Facebook Monetisation is 100% free for TuneCore Artists – simply head to your dashboard,...
July 20, 2018
Top-10 social profiles have thousands of impersonators
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are among the musicians with the largest followings on social networks – but also those with the greatest number of impersonators. That’s according to the New York Times, which...
July 9, 2018
Bandsintown adds Events Landing Page for gig promotion
Concert-discovery service Bandsintown’s latest feature is an ‘Events Landing Page’, which it hopes will help artists do a better job of promoting their concerts across a range of social platforms – Instagram stories...
July 3, 2018
Instagram stories now have 400m users… and licensed music to soundtrack them
Instagram has announced its latest milestone tonight: more than 400 million people are using its ‘stories’ feature every day to share photos and video clips on an ephemeral basis. There’s also a new feature for those...
June 28, 2018