Catalogue marketing rejuvenated
Catalogue marketing used to mainly be about the 20th anniversary box set (with some demos and a couple of new photos added in) or about the same 15 songs in a slightly different order, popped in a slightly different sleeve...
February 19, 2020
Studio 54th: Super Bowl LIV will spawn a live visual album
The traditional music-biz talk around the Super Bowl focuses on the artists performing during its half-time show, and the sync value of its commercial breaks. But this year, the NFL itself is doing something really interesting...
January 31, 2020
Deezer study suggests that album listening is on the wane
Streaming service Deezer has revealed some of the results from a survey of 8,000 people in the US, France, Germany and Brazil about their music-listening habits. Among its claims: that 54% of respondents say they are ‘listening...
January 29, 2020
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