Liz Longley smashes Kickstarter total to buy album back from label
When crowdfunding platform Kickstarter first started making waves in the music industry in the early 2010s, the pitch from artists was often ‘help me to make my new album independently’. In 2019, in the case of...
October 23, 2019
Billie Eilish’s managers on the future of the album in the streaming age and why radio is far from dead
Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman co-manage Billie Eilish and they have been talking to MBW about the stealth development underpinning her career and how her debut album – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – is...
May 7, 2019
Billie Eilish album on course for impressive first-week streams
Who knew? Billie Eilish is quite popular with music-streamers, as well as with the streaming services. Billboard reports that her album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ is on course for more than 170m on-demand...
April 2, 2019
Report 422: Playlisting’s next leap forward
Playlists have been referred to as everything from the new album, the new compilation, the new greatest hits, through to the new radio, the new MTV and more. Whether you’re a pop act trying to build a truly global audience...
March 27, 2019
Apple is giving playlists the album-artwork treatment
We’re ashamed to confess that we haven’t given that much thought to the artwork for the programmed playlists on music-streaming services. That said, we suspect a fair few of those services haven’t really made it a priority...
March 11, 2019
Albums in the streaming era: ‘Put the best six songs up front’
We’re well aware of the ‘don’t bore us – get to the chorus!’ maxim (cheers, Roxette!) for popular music in the modern streaming era. But that can now seemingly be extended to ‘don’t bore us – get to all...
March 11, 2019
Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’
Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including...
October 11, 2018
ERA, BPI and BBC team up for UK’s National Album Day in October
‘Is the album dead?’ has been a tiresome hot-take that keeps getting reheated by thinkpiece-writers since the heyday of Apple’s iTunes Store. The current streaming dynamics are only making it pop up more often. British...
July 25, 2018
Happy first New Music Friday everyone
Quick! Go and discover some new music! It’s the first New Music Friday today (although the slightly-awkward plural branding means we should say it’s ‘the first of the New Music Fridays’ really). More than 45 countries...
July 10, 2015
Tidal debuts Tidal Rising spotlight for emerging artists
Having spent the last couple of weeks being criticised for its emphasis on big stars, Tidal has been promoting its Tidal Rising feature. “Every week we will highlight emerging artists from around the world,” the company...
April 17, 2015
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....
March 4, 2015
Skream: ‘albums are important’ even in the SoundCloud era
Musician and producer Skream has been talking about digital music and dance artists, but rather than wading into the streaming debate, he’s been talking more interestingly about the continued relevance of the album format....
November 30, 2014