VC investment grew last quarter – but from ’mega deals’
A new report from CB Insights and KPMG claims that the amount of global venture-capital investment in the second quarter of 2016 was up 3% year-on-year to $27.4bn.
July 21, 2016
Featured Artists Coalition joins blockchain bandwagon
The latest industry body to hail blockchain technology as having potential for music is the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).
July 19, 2016
Report claims UMG closing in on vKontakte licensing deal
Russian social network vKontakte has been a controversial entity for the music industry thanks to songs being shared on its platform. Its launch of a licensed (by Sony Music and Warner Music) streaming app in May was a big...
July 19, 2016
YouTube’s per-stream music payouts have halved – report
Here’s some more ammunition for the ‘value gap’ debate: a report from Midia Research claiming that the effective per-stream payouts from YouTube to music rightsholders halved in 2015.
July 13, 2016
Analytics firm claims audio streams have passed videos in US
There’s plenty of excitement in industry circles around the news that audio music streams may have overtaken video music streams in the US in the first half of 2016. A note of caution: these aren’t official RIAA or Nielsen...
July 6, 2016
Amazon tipped to sell 2.5m-3m Echo speakers in 2016
Sales of multi-room audio devices are “under-performing” but Amazon is on course for several million sales of its Echo speaker this year, according to the latest predictions from Futuresource Consulting.
July 6, 2016
Music Ally Report 372 – Chain Reaction
In our cover feature we get our collective heads around blockchain technology and the claims being made on its behalf that it will usher in a new era of transparency for the music industry. We break down what it is and how...
August 5, 2015
Illegal downloading Down Under not going down
A new report from the Department Of Communications in Australia has found that illegal downloading is somewhat entrenched in the country. It claims that 43% of respondents (over the age of 12) who download and stream have...
July 23, 2015
IFPI hits back at Rethink Music claims on artist payments
The recent Rethink Music report on music industry transparency has already drawn a sharp response from US industry body the RIAA for its claims of missing royalties for artists. Now the IFPI is also having its say, criticising...
July 22, 2015
RIAA welcomes Rethink Music (but also criticises it)
The report on music-industry transparency earlier this week from the Rethink Music initiative has been welcomed by US industry body the RIAA – but it also has some issues with some of the report’s claims. First, the good:...
July 16, 2015
Report claims Facebook IS planning a music videos push
We reported yesterday on Facebook’s new scheme for monetising native videos and sharing 55% of the income with their publishers – and speculated that this was tied in with separate reports of some kind of new move into...
July 3, 2015
Report hints at Vivendi’s aims for post-free digital music
We’ve known for a while now that consultancy firm Bain & Company has been involved at the highest levels of Universal Music Group (and even higher: within parent company Vivendi) as the label group plans its next strategic...
July 1, 2015