Sandbox Issue 207: God Save The Streams
Lead: Just 18 months ago, pre-saves were a breath of fresh air for marketers struggling to stand above the cattle run of global releases on a Friday. But as they become ubiquitous, it is almost back to square one with everyone...
June 28, 2018
Digital Account Manager – AWAL – London
As the streaming landscape is continuing to grow and change, AWAL is looking for a personable as well as analytical Digital Account Manager to join our Global Digital Accounts team. This amazing opportunity will allow you...
June 21, 2018
Sandbox Issue 206: Appetite for Consumption
Lead: The album exclusive is pretty much dead. But in its place has come the growing demand from DSPs for bespoke and unique content. They all want to be serviced with something their rivals don’t have – but this is a...
June 13, 2018
Report 413: Spotify in 2018
Ever since Spotify took its first round of funding – and especially since labels took stakes in it – the industry has been looking ahead to a potential exit: an IPO. Yet as Spotify prepares to go public in 2018 there’s...
January 31, 2018
Sandbox 184: Save of the century, why pre-save is the new rave
Lead: A decade ago, the focus in album marketing was around the pre-order, using instant grats at the bait to get fans to order albums before they had even come out. Now the emphasis has shifted to the pre-save – primarily...
July 19, 2017
Streaming is now 80% of the UK singles market
It was no surprise to see Drake dominating the UK singles rankings for 2016. His ‘One Dance’ notched up 1.95m combined sales last year according to the Official Charts Company – 530k downloads and 142m streams. But...
January 3, 2017
Spotify-backed survey predicts streaming ads boom
It’s hardly a surprise to see a study co-run by Spotify concluding that there’s lots more money to be generated by ad-supported music-streaming. Still, the study with advertising firm WPP raises some talking points:...
January 3, 2017
Rolling Stones go Side By Side with Amazon
The Rolling Stones have become one of the most high-profile artists yet to take part in Amazon’s new ‘Side by Side’ feature. Part of the newly-launched Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service, Side by Side offers playlists...
December 7, 2016
Garth Brooks hails Amazon’s ‘great money’ and short terms
Country musician Garth Brooks has been talking about his evolving digital strategy, including his recent exclusive streaming deal with Amazon. “Out of the blue, here comes Amazon looking to start a streaming partnership...
December 7, 2016
MusikLists matches listeners and bespoke-playlist creators
The music-streaming world continues to find inventive new combinations of humans and algorithms to create playlists. Now a startup called MusikLists has found a new spin that’s weighted firmly towards the human side. “The...
November 21, 2016
Music Ally Report 397 – One Inflation Under a Groove
Lead: The price of a subscription service sits at a psychologically attractive $£€9.99 monthly fee and that helps hook users. The problem, however, is that this price point solidified in the early 2000s with Rhapsody...
November 16, 2016
Electric Jukebox is finally launching… tomorrow
British music-streaming startup Electric Jukebox was originally supposed to launch before Christmas 2015, before a series of delays to the hardware/software service. Today, the company announced that it’s launching tomorrow (9...
November 9, 2016