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Me Rex’s new ‘Megabear’ album is designed for shuffle play

How many fans listen to albums all the way through from start to finish in tracklisting order? British band Me Rex don’t care: their new album ‘Megabear’ has been designed to be played in any order you (or your shuffle...
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BPI reveals 8.2% rise in UK’s music consumption in 2020

As consumption data and revenue figures emerge for the music industry’s 2020, we’ll get a fuller picture of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact. Early out of the blocks, as usual, is British industry body the...
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Alex Braga’s ‘Spleen Machine’ album used AI instrument A-Mint

The latest project representing a creative blend of artistry and AI is called ‘Spleen Machine’. It’s the work of Alex Braga, who’s both a composer and an inventor. For this EP, he invented his own...
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The Best Music Marketing Campaigns During Lockdown

*Check some of the best music marketing campaigns of 2019 here *Take inspiration from the best music marketing campaigns in recent history   The initial response within music marketing to lockdown was to charge into...
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The future of music releases. Albums vs EP’s vs Playlists vs Mixtapes

The album isn’t completely dead and the playlist isn’t yet the be-all and end-all – which means that artists are somewhat creatively discombobulated in what is really a curious transition period. But with that comes...
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Sony warns of Covid-19 hit from delayed music releases

Sony Music had an impressive first quarter of 2020, with its recorded music revenues growing by 13.5% year-on-year to $1.07bn, fuelled by a 27.4% rise in streaming revenues to $641.7m according to MBW. However, Sony Music’s...
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Lil Baby album gets digital ‘deluxe’ treatment with music videos

In the streaming age, what is a ‘deluxe’ album anyway? It’s more than just extra tracks and alternative versions. A number of artists have explored Spotify’s ‘enhanced’ playlists format, which inserts videos between...
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Sandbox Issue 251: Streaming and Music’s new formats

Lead: The playlist hasn’t killed the album… yet. Instead, artists and labels are caught between both and are starting to experiment with the shapes that releases can now take. Justin Bieber has begun chopping up his album...
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Taylor Swift criticises ‘not approved by me’ live album

The Covid-19 pandemic may have up-ended the music industry in many ways, but there are some familiar sights to cling to. Taylor Swift at loggerheads with Scooter Braun and Big Machine, for example, beefing like it’s...
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Dolly Parton and Laura Marling release surprise albums

Well, in the case of Dolly Parton it’s ‘re-release’ since her “93 Song Surprise” is the digital relaunch of six of her albums from earlier this century. ‘Little Sparrow’ (2001), ‘Halos...
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Spain’s albums chart on hold due to coronavirus sales impact

Spanish industry body Promusicae has announced that the albums chart in Spain is being put on hold, due to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on retail sales. Important context: the Spanish albums chart is based on...
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Justin Bieber to release bi-weekly mini-compilations

News that Justin Bieber is going to be releasing a couple of albums a week during the coronavirus pandemic may raise your eyebrows, but there’s a caveat: these are compilations rather than all brand new material. “Gonna...