reports

Music Ally Report – 367 – Play-ola

In our cover feature we pick apart streaming playlists to look at how pitching, “power-seeding” and payola (or, more specifically, play-ola) is being used and abused to break acts and drive hits. The indies, for now,...

Music Ally Report 366 – Tag Team

In our cover feature we look at Shazam as it marks a decade and a half in digital music. It has the scale but it is still struggling to turn a profit. For a while, as the download market it relied on for an affiliate cut...

Music Ally Report 365 – Hit Sheet

In our cover feature we speak to those in music publishing about the issues that are getting them most excited this year as well as those that are causing them to grind their teeth. On the menu are developments relating to...

Music Ally Report 363 – Free Falling

Our cover feature looks at how the battle lines have been drawn up in regard to free, freemium and streaming. Universal, Sony and Ministry Of Sound have all recently – and very publicly – started to question free's long-term...

Music Ally Report 362 – Split Infinitives

Our cover feature looks at the arguments for and against writers and performers getting a larger share of digital income. Enormously costly and wasteful parts of the record business are removed with the jump into digital...

Music Ally Report 361 – Long Player

Our cover feature dissects just how well albums are doing on streaming; streaming services will argue they attract music aficionados who like to listen to full albums, but the streaming data tells another story entirely....

Music Ally Report 360 – Seoul Music

Our cover feature looks at the rise of K-pop and how it is changing South Korea's musical export potential as well as how music companies spot and develop new talent there. K-pop totally dominates music sales in the country...

Music Ally Report 359 – Bit Rates: Why Streaming Services Need A Pricing Revolution

Our cover feature explains why the subscription music streaming business is facing down a pricing crisis. Services have innovated in lots of areas – from audio quality to the UX/UI across different platforms. But the one...

Music Ally Report 358 – It’s Only Words: Digital Lyrics Get in Line

Our cover feature looks at the new ways in which lyrics are being used online – from the steady rise of Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and its new goal of annotating the entire web to Deezer’s partnership with LyricFind...

Music Ally Report 357 – 2015: What’s Next?

What with it being January and everything, our cover feature sets out the issues, themes and trends that will shape the digital music business in 2015 – from managers marching for transparency and services bulking up for...

Music Ally Report 356 – 2014 in Review

Our cover feature gathers together the biggest stories of the year: from Taylor Swift not wanting her music to be free on Spotify to U2/iTunes struggling to, literally, give an album away – taking in, along the way, the...

Music Ally Report 354 – YouTube Music Key unveiled

In our cover feature, we look at YouTube’s new Music Key service, which is being unveiled today – in fact, it’s being officially announced as we send out this report. We’ve got full details of its price, its content...