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Music Ally Report 403: Hardware Special

Welcome to our hardware special. Here we look at the music-related technologies that are most exciting, interesting or liable to propel the music business into its next stage of evolution. We have consciously stepped back...
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Sandbox Issue 180 – WhatsApp Doc?

Lead: WhatsApp has 1.2bn monthly users. Amazing. But the music industry is barely using it as a marketing platform. Not amazing. So why not? There are (still) pragmatic issues such as as a cap on the number of users in a...
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Sandbox 178: Mixed Up

Lead: mixtapes have long been used in hip-hop, often when acts are starting out and wanting to create a buzz around themselves. Now they are becoming more common as major acts use them as an embellishment to an existing...
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Sandbox 177: One Congregation Under A Groove

Lead: Group listening is back for a second swing, with the likes of Stationhead, Vertigo and JQBX all hoping to learn from the shortcomings of Turntable.fm and Soundrop. We speak to those trying to carve out a space here...
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Sandbox 176: All or Nothing

Lead: The gap between albums is getting shorter and the turnover time faster. Add into that the demand to feed multiple social media channels plus the fact that anything can be a single now – and worked simultaneously...
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Sandbox 175: Music goes all-in on Snapchat

Lead: While everyone is currently flapping about Snapchat in terms of its jaw-dropping $28.3bn valuation after its IPO, it’s important to bring things back to what the app actually does and how its huge audience engages...
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Sandbox 174: On Air, Video goes live

Lead: Native video was where creatives were being shunted last year, but this year it’s all about live video. With YouTube and Facebook Live promising greater promotional opportunities and reach, to Instagram, Periscope,...
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Sandbox 173: The GIF that keeps on giving

Lead: GIFs might seem like a way of flooding the web with the most trivial of content, but they are a hugely important part of building fan communities around artists. While pop acts like Drake, Beyoncé, Little Mix and...
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Sandbox 172: Locally Sourced Playlists

Lead: As streaming playlists have created their own centre of gravity around breaking new acts and tracks, there are mounting criticisms that this same centre of gravity benefits only acts from a handful of already-dominant...
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Music Ally Report 399 – In Review

Here you go guys! The last report of the year is an interview special, where we pick the brains of senior industry executives, artists, lawyers and investors on the key themes of this year, and what they mean for 2017. Rob...
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Music Ally Report 398 – Tube Exit

Lead: Music Ally has heard that at least one major label is threatening to pull its content from YouTube before Christmas. This could prove to be a negotiating strategy/last resort, but what would happen if they actually...
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Sandbox 166: LP RIP

Lead: The album used to be the centre of gravity for both artist contracts and marketing campaigns. As consumption changes and tilts more towards the single, how do we need to rethink marketing? We look at why the album...