Should Spotify windfall lead majors to cancel unrecouped debts for legacy artists?
Musician Tom Gray of British band Gomez – currently firing up crowds on the 20th anniversary tour celebrating their 'Bring It On' album – has an idea for major labels about how to follow up their windfalls from Spotify's...
May 23, 2018
Troy Carter on hateful-conduct policy: ‘Everybody didn’t agree’
After those rumours that he was leaving the company in protest at its new hateful-conduct policy, Troy Carter has spoken to the Los Angeles Times to stress that he remains in his position. However, he also made it clear...
May 22, 2018
Spotify’s new hateful-conduct policy sparks race debate
The debate about Spotify’s decision to de-playlist artists including R. Kelly and XXXTentacion for ‘hateful conduct’ rumbles on, with the latest discussion-point being the most sensitive (and thus important) yet: whether...
May 21, 2018
Spotify denies that Troy Carter is leaving over new policy
The fallout from Spotify’s decision to de-playlist R. Kelly and XXXTentacion continues, with speculation that the company’s global head of creator services Troy Carter may be quitting as a result. Speculation that Spotify...
May 16, 2018
Spotify ‘hateful conduct’ policy must be handled carefully
Spotify has announced a new policy on how it deals with hateful content on its platform. It comes with an internal content-monitoring tool called Spotify AudioWatch, which will scan the service’s catalogue for music that...
May 11, 2018
Sandbox Issue 203: The Pause Clause
Lead: The music industry has long had a “work hard, play hard” philosophy, but finally this is being seriously questioned in a brutal always-on culture where marketers are supposed to work around the clock. The work/life...
May 2, 2018
Spotify tests 10% subscription-price increase in Norway
Spotify’s standard €/£/$9.99-a-month price for a one-person subscription has remained the same ever since its launch in 2008, but could the company be preparing to increase it? It’s exploring the idea. The streaming...
April 27, 2018
Music marketing in the streaming age: ‘Using the artists here is very important’
Against a backdrop of streaming being hailed – again – as the major driver behind the record industry’s slow but steady return to growth in the IFPI’s numbers for 2017, the importance of streaming services as marketing...
April 26, 2018
Spotify’s Troy Carter talks free tier, windowing and audience building
Fresh from playing a prominent role at Spotify’s announcement of its new mobile app in New York yesterday, the company’s global head of creator services Troy Carter talked to Music Ally about the background to the news,...
April 25, 2018
Spotify beefs up its free tier with on-demand playlists
Spotify has unveiled its new mobile app, and as expected, it includes providing free users with on-demand access to some of its key playlists. In doing so, it has given its own playlist brands an even-more front-and-centre...
April 24, 2018
Spotify confirms that it has poached Apple Music’s Carl Chery
Spotify has confirmed reports earlier this week about it poaching Apple Music’s hip-hop and R&B curator Carl Chery. He’s joining Spotify as its new head of urban music, slotting neatly into the position previously filled...
April 19, 2018
Cardi B album races to 100m first-week streams on Apple Music
It’s been at least a few days since the last Apple Music vs Spotify stream-count battle, so take a bow Cardi B, who’s the latest artist to be sending records tumbling in the streaming world. Her album ‘Invasion of Privacy’...
April 16, 2018