Blind data: music managers’ three biggest data challenges
Managers, by the very nature of their job, have to be across everything their artists do, closely following each ebb and flow of every revenue source and being ready to jump on the next one when it emerges. Data...
August 24, 2017
Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit
A track called ‘Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is 10 minutes of silence. Not in a John Cage conceptual way, but for purely practical purposes. Samir Rezhami created the track in response to a bug (or feature!) that...
August 11, 2017
Apple Music launches its first Carpool Karaoke episode
After a few delays on its way to people’s screens, Apple Music has launched the first episode of the standalone run of music show ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for its subscribers. Based on the popular segment of James Corden’s...
August 9, 2017
India’s Eros Group in talks with Apple, Amazon and Netflix
Eros Group is one of the largest film production companies in India, but it is reportedly in talks to sell its catalogue of films AND music to Apple, Amazon or Netflix. At least, that’s according to Indian financial...
August 7, 2017
Apple Music ‘making no dent’ in Spotify… but that’s not the bigger picture
Research firm Edison Investment Research has put out a surprisingly-sharp note on Apple Music’s prospects of competing with Spotify, sparked by the latter’s announcement that it now has more than 60 million subscribers. “Apple...
August 4, 2017
Apple Music helps drive record quarter for Apple services
Apple published its latest quarterly financials last night and – no surprises here – it’s still making plenty of money. The company’s revenues were up 7.2% year-on-year to $45.4bn in the second quarter (Apple’s...
August 2, 2017
Apple Music gets exclusive livestream from Tidal co-owners Arcade Fire
We’ve written regularly in the last year about the shift in definitions of ‘exclusives’ on music-streaming services. Bar the odd exception, few albums are now exclusive to a single service, but Apple Music, Spotify...
July 21, 2017
Amazon and Google launch smart-speaker flash sales
Don’t underestimate Amazon and Google’s determination to get their smart speakers – the Echo family and Google Home respectively – into as many homes as possible. Amazon has launched an aggressive sale for the...
July 11, 2017
Deezer and Apple tipped for potential SoundCloud acquisition
Rumours about an imminent acquisition of streaming service SoundCloud had died down, but the gossip-drums are beating once more. The New York Post – still the publication of choice for strategic music-industry leaks...
July 4, 2017
Jimmy Iovine blames labels, YouTube and Billboard for bad albums
Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has been making waves again, with an interview for Beats 1 in which he criticises labels for their handling of YouTube and safe harbour, suggesting that they are partly responsible for a decline...
July 4, 2017
Apple Music rolls out personalised ‘My Chill Mix’ playlist
Apple is making its latest move in personalised playlists, with the rollout of a new one called ‘My Chill Mix’. “A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday evening,” reported TechCrunch. “An...
June 28, 2017
Apple bags Breaking Bad execs for ‘video programming’ roles
It’s actually a little unfair to characterise Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg as just ‘Breaking Bad execs’. As presidents at Sony Pictures Television since 2005, the pair have overseen shows including The Crown, The...
June 19, 2017