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...
January 20, 2016
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...
October 8, 2015
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...
September 23, 2015
Germany, Sweden and Canada H1 Recorded Music Sales July 2015
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
July 22, 2015
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...
July 22, 2015
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...
July 7, 2015
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...
June 24, 2015
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...
February 3, 2015
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...
January 6, 2015
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...
January 5, 2015
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...
December 25, 2014
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...
November 13, 2014