Sandbox Issue 204: INSTAGRA-Merch
Lead: Instagram has over 800m monthly active users and is the preferred social platform for most artists – mainly because Twitter is becoming an ideological cesspit and organic reach (not to mention privacy) on Facebook...
May 21, 2018
Prince estate gets Bravado deal, but Tidal dispute rumbles on
Universal Music Group has secured its second deal with the Prince estate in a matter of months. In November, Universal Music Publishing Group was revealed as the global administrator of the late star’s publishing catalogue,...
January 11, 2017
Opus Play unlocks digital content when fans buy merch
The Opus Play app launched quietly for iOS earlier this year, and offers an interesting spin on persuading fans to buy physical merchandise for artists they like. “Merchandise that is Opus-enabled comes with a unique...
August 25, 2016
Spotify replaces BandPage with Merchbar for merch sales
When YouTube bought BandPage earlier this year, we wondered what it would mean for the latter’s partnership with Spotify to help artists sell merchandise to their listeners. Curtains, is what it meant: Spotify and BandPage’s...
June 23, 2016
BandPage now driving 1m music fans a month to artist stores
D2C firm BandPage has announced its latest milestone: it says it is sending more than 1m fans a month to musicians’ own stores via its partnerships with Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Vevo and other music services. The company...
September 11, 2015
BandPage says Rhapsody push notifications pay off for artists
Earlier this year, BandPage and Rhapsody deepened their partnership to include push notifications to fans about their favourite artists’ latest special offers, based on their streaming habits. Now BandPage has published...
August 21, 2015
Bandcamp hits $100m direct-to-fan sales milestone
Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has announced its latest milestone: $100m paid by fans to artists for music and merchandise through its site. “Fans give artists $3.5 million every month on the site, and buy more than 16,000...
March 9, 2015
Sidestep is an app for browsing and buying concert merchandise
We've seen a growing number of apps to help music fans buy tickets, but not so many for merchandise. Sidestep is a new one that grabbed our attention though, after it launched this week for iOS and Android. The pitch to...
September 27, 2013
EMI buys UK merch firm
EMI has announced that it's buying Loudclothing.com, a UK-based seller of band t-shirts and other merchandise.
December 17, 2009
Island launches Island 50 Wiki website to celebrate anniversary
Island Records has launched a new website celebrating its 50th birthday, focusing on 50 classic albums from its back catalogue.
March 4, 2009