Report claims global games market was worth $83.6bn in 2014
According to the IFPI, the global recorded music market generated revenues of $14.97bn in 2014. Compare that to a new report by research firm Newzoo claiming that the global games market was worth $83.6bn last year – not...
May 21, 2015
Music rightsholders have reported 200m pirate URLs to Google
Here’s a milestone that probably isn’t worth celebrating: music bodies the RIAA and BPI have reported more than 200m URLs to Google that they believe to be infringing copyright. According to TorrentFreak, that’s up...
May 8, 2015
Music subscriptions: ‘Lightning could strike twice for Apple’
UK-based consultancy Midia Research has published its latest report on the digital music space, focusing on music subscriptions – and specifically whether “lightning could strike twice for Apple”. Its key stats come...
April 2, 2015
SFX revenues up, but so are its losses
Dance music firm SFX Entertainment has reported its latest quarterly financial results, posting revenues of $95.9m for the fourth quarter of 2014, but a net loss of $41.1m. That’s up from $84.2m and $37.5m in the final...
March 16, 2015
Snapchat valuation up to $15bn amid Alibaba funding rumours
In February 2013, messaging app Snapchat was valued at $70m. Just over two years on, that valuation has soared to $15bn – quite possibly more than the valuation of Universal Music and Warner Music added together. At least,...
March 12, 2015
YouTube revenues reached $4bn in 2014 claims report
How much money did YouTube make in 2014? $4bn of revenues but no profit according to the Wall Street Journal, which cites two sources for the figures. The piece claims that YouTube is currently running at “roughly break-even”...
February 26, 2015
In this week’s Sandbox report
Our fortnightly digital music marketing report was published yesterday afternoon. Its lead feature looks at the maturing industry of fan patronage, with artists putting in the effort on sites like Patreon seeing the results.
February 12, 2015
US copyright office publishes music licensing report
Nothing clears out the cobwebs quite as well as a 245-page copyright report first thing in the morning. The ‘Copyright and the Music Marketplace’ report by the US Copyright Office deserves a leisurely read, though –...
February 6, 2015
This week’s Music Ally Report: End-of-Year Review
It’s that time of the year (i.e. the end of the year) when we cast a critical eye back over the past 12 months in the digital music business. Our Cover Feature gathers together the biggest stories of the year: from Taylor...
December 22, 2014
Sandbox: Emerging markets, Linkfire, Jessica Hernandez and more
This week’s Sandbox digital marketing report should have landed in your inbox yesterday. Its lead feature looks beyond the US and UK to explore what kind of marketing campaigns are working well in Africa, Asia and South...
December 18, 2014
In this week’s Music Ally report: Spotify, Yik Yak and more
Last night, we sent out our fortnightly Music Ally Report, with the lead feature looking at Spotify’s financial results, which were published on Tuesday. Our main conclusion: they tell us a lot about Spotify’s past growth,...
November 30, 2014