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Music Ally Report 381 – Mechanical Animus

Our cover feature picks apart the two lawsuits that hit Spotify either side of Christmas to consider not only what they mean for the Swedish streaming company but also digital royalty reporting in general. Millions of dollars...
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Avicii gets an interactive comic series on Instagram

EDM man Avicii has got a very interesting marketing campaign building around his new album, Stories. He and Scandinavian dance label PRMD have created an interactive comic series that runs on the Instagram platform. Essentially...
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Swedish musician Johan Johansson sues to stop label putting his music on Spotify

Sweden may be the home of streaming music, but there’s a fascinating legal dispute afoot that will be followed closely by artists elsewhere in the world. It concerns “punk icon” Johan Johansson, who has successfully...
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Germany, Sweden and Canada H1 Recorded Music Sales July 2015

  This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report  
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Norway music market up 7% in the first half of 2015

We saw encouraging industry sales figures from Sweden earlier in the month, and now it’s Norway’s turn to deliver growth. Industry revenues rose 7% year-on-year in the first half of 2015 to NOK 305m ($37.6m), with streaming...
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YouTube gaming star PewDiePie made $7.4m in 2014

Felix Kjellberg – aka PewDiePie – is one of the most high-profile YouTube stars thanks to his “Let’s Play” gaming videos, and a huge audience of subscribers on Google’s video service. Now we know how that’s...
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Spotify for Business creator raises $10.9m

When Soundtrack Your Brand appeared in Sweden a year ago (Bulletin, 20-May-14), there was some confusion over whether its service based around providing Spotify to small businesses for their offices and stores was the work...
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Scandinavia, we have a problem: Swedish music sales also down

This time last year, Norway and Sweden were being touted as the bright future for the music industry, on the back of two years of rising recorded-music revenues fuelled by streaming. In 2015… not so much. Norwegian revenues...
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The Pirate Bay launched a countdown to 1 February

The Pirate Bay remained offline over the Christmas period after a police raid in Sweden took it down, but there appear to be plans afoot for a relaunch. The filesharing site has launched a countdown that hints at something...
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The Open Bay lets anyone make their own Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay has been offline since a police raid in Sweden recently, but fellow filesharing site Isohunt is doing its best to bring the brand back. Partly by launching something called The Open Bay, which opens up the...
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The Pirate Bay talk police raid: ‘We couldn’t care less really’

When The Pirate Bay has been targeted by the authorities in the past, it’s usually popped up within days (or even hours) cocking its snook at The Man. The raid in Sweden this month has clearly been more serious, although...
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Labels team up to block The Pirate Bay in Sweden

At one point recently, all three co-founders of The Pirate Bay were in jail: a long-delayed punishment for their copyright infringement conviction. Yet the site has sailed on even without their involvement: blocked by ISPs...