July 28th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

The BBC recently saw a massive £750m-shaped hole appear in its budget, partly because it had to agree to offer those aged 75+ in the UK a free licence fee. That means it has to find new ways to commercialise...

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July 25th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

A new study by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK has shown an uptick in the number of people accessing licensed content (including music) online. It found that 62% of polled users accessed...

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July 15th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Amid all the ‘Beats 1 is killing radio!’ hubbub this past month, there’s been a parallel discussion about some of the ways traditional radio still has advantages over Apple’s new station – particularly...

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July 14th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Apple is launching its Apple Pay mobile payments technology in the UK today, enabling people to pay for real-world goods and services using their iPhones and Apple Watch devices. Financial firms American...

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July 7th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

The circulation of veteran British music weekly magazine the NME has been falling steadily in recent years to its current nadir of 15,000. Its publisher Time Inc. is now throwing a hail-mary pass: making...

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July 6th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Late last week we reported on the booming streaming market in the UK – in terms of consumption at least – with streams up 80% in the first half of 2015, year-on-year. That rise was outperformed...

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July 3rd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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The BPI and Official Charts Company have published mid-year figures for the British music market, albeit focusing on consumption rather than revenues. The headline figure is a 4% year-on-year rise in...

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June 24th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

We reported yesterday on Taylor Swift coming under fire from photographer Jason Sheldon over a contract for shots taken during her latest tour that looked like a rights grab on the star’s behalf. Having...

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June 16th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

British music-industry lobbying body UK Music has published a new report that aims to show how important live music is to the UK economy. It claims that 9.5m “music tourists” travelled to music events...

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