reports

Report 389 – Onstage, Online

In our cover feature we look beyond the noisy chatter about VR concerts to consider where else digital is really impacting on the live business. From the rise of non-live companies using ticketing to turn themselves into...

Music Ally Report 388 – Spotify: A decade in and its long road ahead

In our cover feature we mark 10 years since the founding of Spotify by looking at its journey so far and pointing to where it needs to move next if it wants to celebrate a second decade in the music industry. Trying to balance...

Music Ally Report 387 – Back from the Dead: global music revenues growth in 2015

In our cover feature we dig through the IFPI’s global sales numbers for 2015. Hailed as the first significant growth in two decades, the global market increased by 3.2% last year. Streaming was the hero of the year, managing...

Music Ally Report 386 – SoundCloud: all systems Go

In our cover feature we pick apart SoundCloud’s move into subscriptions. It has been a long – and often tense – journey to go from a free UGC platform to one fully licensed by all the majors and key indies. Now with...

Music Ally Report 385 – Clan They Kick It

In our cover feature we look at the staggering success of Finnish gaming company Supercell and, rather than rub it in the music industry’s face, we consider precisely how artists and labels can learn from it and other gaming...

Music Ally Report 383 – Invested Interest

Our cover feature picks apart the investment trends in music companies and services over the past two years and draws some surprising conclusions. The headline figure is that investment in 2015 was actually double that in...

Music Ally Report 382 – Startup Shutdown

Our cover feature surveys the startup boneyard to try and understand precisely why so many music services, all promising a fizzing new future at their launch, hit the wall quickly, found out they were in the wrong lane...

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...

Music Ally Report 379 – Can Pandora Escape its Box

Our cover feature looks into what Pandora’s recent flurry of acquisitions – parts of Rdio and all of Ticketfly (as well as Next Big Sound earlier in the year) – and direct licensing deals (adding Sony/ATV to a previous...

Music Ally Report 377 – Unsafe harbour?: sink or swim for digital music

Our cover feature looks at why the PRS/SoundCloud legal tussle is a foreshadowing of the single biggest issue that will impact on the digital music industry next year. At the very heart of it is the viability and future of...

Music Ally Report 376 – Writing Wrongs: Music Publishing’s Biggest Challenges Laid Bare

Our cover feature nails down what the issues dominating the publishing industry currently are. Metadata is, by far, the biggest time bomb. Payments are being slowed down and discovery options being compromised because the...

Music Ally Report 374 – Battle of the Beeb

In our cover feature we look at the BBC’s plans for a streaming music service, and why they’re causing tension with music rightsholders in the UK. The broadcaster is planning a time and catalogue-limited offering that...