Blossoms release ‘isolation’ album: will other artists follow?
With acts off the road, there is a lot of effort being channelled into livestreaming – but also into writing and recording new material. Charli XCX announced very early into lockdown that she was going to be using her time...
May 5, 2020
Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ did 867k album-equivalent units in US
We reported on the first-week performance of Taylor Swift’s new album ‘Lover’ in China, on Friday. How did it do in the US though? According to Billboard, the album earned 867k equivalent album units there in its first...
September 2, 2019
Beyoncé drops surprise live-album to accompany Netflix special
In December 2013, Beyoncé managed to release her eponymous fifth solo album as a complete surprise to fans and the music industry alike, bar a small, trusted circle of insiders and digital partners. Nearly five and a half...
April 18, 2019
Sandbox Issue 206: Appetite for Consumption
Lead: The album exclusive is pretty much dead. But in its place has come the growing demand from DSPs for bespoke and unique content. They all want to be serviced with something their rivals don’t have – but this is a...
June 13, 2018
US Album And Single Sales and Streams July 2015
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
July 8, 2015
YouTube star Connor Franta turns music curator again
Last year, YouTube vlogger Connor Franta curated a compilation album, ‘Crown, Vol. 1’, which did pretty well on the iTunes charts. Well enough to spawn a second one, anyway: ‘Common Culture’ was released yesterday,...
March 5, 2015
‘Lost’ Spice Girls tracks appear on SoundCloud (then get lost again)
Exciting times yesterday for the underground Spice Girls crate-digging community, as four “lost” tracks by the group appeared on SoundCloud. The Verge claimed that the songs had been recorded for the band’s final album...
February 12, 2015
Madonna launches ‘Rebel Heart’ sweepstakes in Grindr app
Snapchat? Pfft, SO last week. Madonna’s latest social-app marketing activity is taking place within location-based hookups app Grindr, with a focus on her gay fanbase. Users of the app are being invited to recreate the...
February 11, 2015
Father John Misty spoofs streaming services with SAP site
The upcoming album from Father John Misty is, according to friends who’ve heard it, marvellous.
January 30, 2015
TLC’s final album to be crowdfunded on Kickstarter
Pioneering group TLC are recording another album – their final one – and they’re turning to Kickstarter to fund it.
January 30, 2015
Trevor Jackson gets physical with 12-format album release
Physical music isn’t dead just yet – vinyl is thriving, even if it’s still a small niche within overall music sales. However, some physical formats most certainly are dead: mini-disc, 8-track or mini CD, anyone? But...
January 28, 2015
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA sees Spotify as ‘a new radio station’
Fresh from selling the single copy of their latest album for $5m, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has been talking about his views on digital music more generally, during promotional appearances at CES for the band’s Bombotix speaker....
January 20, 2015