Sandbox Issue 200: Pod it like it’s Hot
This week’s lead feature looks at podcasting, and its relevance to labels and artists. With an estimated 484 million podcast listeners worldwide at the end of 2017, can the format help bring back some of the context to...
March 21, 2018
SXSW Startup Profile: Sens.ai
Sens.ai is an app-based platform that uses artificial intelligence to help people and brands find success on social media, by playing the role of a teacher and guide. Launched in 2017 and spearheaded by serial-entrepreneur...
March 20, 2018
Sony shows off virtual-reality music video for Khalid
When it comes to experimenting with virtual-reality technology, Sony Music has one advantage over other labels: its relationship with Sony’s consumer-electronics division, with its PlayStation VR headset. We’ve seen...
March 19, 2018
SXSW Startup Profile: SuperPhone
Artist Ryan Leslie’s SuperPhone was the winner of best B2C Startup in Music Ally’s 2016 Digital Music Awards, with campaign success stories such as selling 17k products and experiences to an onboarded base of some 34k...
March 18, 2018
Indie labels see boom in payouts from Latin American streaming services
Indie-labels licensing agency Merlin says that its members’ earnings from Latin America have grown five-fold in the last three years, fuelled by music-streaming services. The company expects to generate more than $60m...
March 15, 2018
Lyor Cohen wants YouTube to break ‘two-horse race’ of Apple and Spotify
Why did Lyor Cohen take the job as head of music at YouTube in 2016? In his keynote speech at SXSW today, the music-industry veteran explained. “My greatest fear at the time was that distribution was going to be too...
March 14, 2018
Apple Music now has 38m subscribers and 8m trial users
In early February, Apple revealed that its Apple Music streaming service had 36 million subscribers. A month on, and that figure has increased to 38 million. The new figure was provided by the company’s SVP of internet...
March 13, 2018
Launching Stationhead–The First ‘Stories’ Format for the Music Industry
A year ago, Music Ally ran the first-ever interview on New York startup Stationhead as the company emerged from stealth mode. Since that first interview, publications including Billboard, TechCrunch and Forbes have followed...
March 8, 2018
Garth Brooks talks Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon
Country veteran Garth Brooks may have an exclusive deal with Amazon, but during his appearance at SXSW last week he had warm words for Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, if slightly cooler views on Apple Music. “Spotify came in,...
March 20, 2017
Zane Lowe: ‘There are no stories to be told on a playlist alone’
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe was one of the SXSW keynotes this week, and his speech included a reference to the ‘storytelling’ theme that’s been a feature of several recent industry conferences. “There are no stories...
March 17, 2017
Campaigns: SXSW X FB – Sandbox 153
Half of the international music industry is currently dusting itself down after the 30th SXSW festival in Austin. In recent years, it has become as important for its focus on new technology as its focus on new music, with...
August 18, 2016