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UK government refers major labels to competition regulator

The UK is one step closer to a full-blown market study of the major labels' impact on the music industry. In response to the recommendations of the recent UK parliamentary inquiry into music streaming economics, the British...
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To succeed in the music business, technical skills are not enough (guest column)

This is a guest post by David Loscos, Director of the International Music Business School. IMB School offers courses on the global music business, including its own Masters and Postgraduate courses. It also builds intensive...
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Further resources: Music industry trends of 2021

This is a page of further resources to accompany Music Ally’s talk at the Circulart conference in Colombia. But don't worry if you've found it some other way: you're very welcome too!
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Music NFTs: ‘It’s fandom, community, flexing, and sharing’

Fanaply was one of the first startups to explore the potential of digital collectibles based on music artists, more than a year before the acronym 'NFT' was on the music industry's radar. In 2019, the company teamed up...
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Startup files: Fave builds community with BTS and Taylor Swift superfans

If you're building a platform based around superfans, launching with Taylor Swift's 'Swifties' community is a bold statement of intent. As is following that up with the famous BTS Army. This is what US-based startup Fave...
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Music Ally startup files: Cyanite seeks innovative new uses for Music AI

XR, Voice-as-UI, Artificial Intelligence: in StartupLand, buzzwords abound as attention-grabbing shorthand. In the real world, however, a little more caution must be applied when being lured in by the promise that buzzword...
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Labels under fire as UK streaming inquiry report calls for ‘complete reset’ of market

Music Ally has reported extensively on the hearings at the British parliament’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Now the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee behind that inquiry has published...
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What I’ve learned from running the Hot Girls Podcast (guest column)

This guest column is by Lex Hearth, founder and host of the Hot Girls Podcast: Back at the beginning of 2020, before Covid meant a thing, and restaurants didn’t feel like a new experience, my mind was mulling over the...
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Monstercat at 10: ‘We haven’t scratched the surface of the possibilities…’

Happy tenth birthday, Monstercat. The Canadian electronic music label has made a habit of innovation and experimentation since being founded in 2011. In 2021, its catalogue does more than 200m audio streams a month, its...
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WMG and Roblox talk music, games and ‘hyper reality metaverses’

When Lil Nas X performed a concert on gaming platform Roblox in December 2020, it was watched 33m times in a weekend over multiple viewings. Now Roblox has revealed that the show was also a success when it came to sales of...
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A better deal for musicians and songwriters from streaming (guest column)

This guest column is by Naomi Pohl, Deputy Secretary of the Musicians Union: "During the pandemic, we have turned to streaming music more and more as the world has moved online. While we have valued recorded music more...
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Music Ally startup files: Unitea rewards music’s superfans

In the last 12 months, the music industry has quickly untethered itself from the touring/streaming duopoly and more fully realised the potential of various previously-untested platforms, approaches, and products. Artists...