Vita Bergen use Google Translate for their new tour
From taxis to restaurant menus in foreign climes, Google Translate has often been a useful travel tool for Music Ally. We’ve never thought of performing a song with it though. Leave that to Swedish indie-pop band Vita...
November 22, 2017
Investment fund EQT takes 40% stake in Epidemic Sound
Swedish alternative-investments firm EQT has taken a 40% stake in production-music company Epidemic Sound, whose CEO Oscar Höglund we interviewed earlier this week about this summer’s ‘fake artists’ controversy. The...
November 22, 2017
Epidemic Sound gives its side of the Spotify ‘fake artists’ controversy
“We were on our summer break, because we’re Swedes and nobody works for two months in July and August. But that’s when the whole fake-artists thing hit, so we were surprised, but mostly offended. Granted, we hadn’t...
November 20, 2017
‘Spotify Teardown’ book sparking controversy before release
A team funded by the Swedish Research Council are writing a book about Spotify’s history, but ‘Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music’ is already creating controversy in the service’s homeland. The...
October 9, 2017
Mind Music Labs wants to make every instrument ‘smart’
“What we’re working on is not just the performance. What we believe is that the next revolution is to have every instrument smart and connected…” Michele Benincaso is the CEO of Mind Music Labs, the Sweden-based...
August 30, 2017
‘Fake’ Spotify artists aren’t a scandal… but they ARE food for thought
It turns out that ‘fake artists on Spotify' is actually fake news. Or to put it more accurately: those artists are actually real, human songwriters and producers putting music out under pseudonyms, with those tracks...
July 11, 2017
Spotify ‘fake artists’ traced back to Swedish producers
Earlier this week, industry site MBW published a list of 50 ‘fake’ artists on Spotify – musicians with no footprint on other streaming services or social networks, but whose songs had been placed prominently on some...
July 11, 2017
STIM Spotify royalty payouts delayed after ‘unmatched tracks’ dispute
The relationship of Spotify and Swedish collecting society STIM has encountered a bump in the road, relating to the terms of their royalties agreement. "We have informed our rightsholders that the royalties from Spotify...
June 9, 2017
Sweden saw 6.2% growth in recorded-music revenues in 2016
We've been hearing a steady flow of stories in recent weeks showing impressive growth for recorded-music revenues in 2016 from various countries around the world – driven by streaming subscriptions. But what about Spotify's...
April 12, 2017
Spotify office move will create 1k new jobs in New York
The governor of New York was celebrating yesterday, as he confirmed that Spotify will keep its North American headquarters in NY, creating 1,000 new jobs in the process. The company will move its office to 4 World Trade...
February 16, 2017
Country profile – Sweden 2016
This country profile focuses on Sweden where, after a slight dip in 2014, growth was recorded again in 2015. Streaming is still rising there but, as one of the most developed markets, due in no small part to Spotify’s...
February 15, 2017
Court rules that Swedish ISP must block The Pirate Bay
The ISP-level torrents-blocking trend has spread to the home country of The Pirate Bay. A court of appeal in Sweden has ruled that local ISP Bredbandsbolaget must block the venerable piracy site for the next three years,...
February 14, 2017