Artist Zoë Keating reveals latest Spotify per-stream payouts
Independent musician Zoë Keating has been one of the key sources for anyone trying to understand the music-streaming economy for many years now. She first published her sales and streaming data (income included) in...
November 22, 2019
Apple Music reveals new ‘Up Next’ artist and launches country radio show
Apple Music has anointed its latest ‘Up Next’ artist, who’ll be getting a boost across the company’s music platforms. It’s Canadian artist Jessie Reyez, who’s actually been doing pretty well on Apple Music for...
November 13, 2019
Spotify’s François Pachet on how artists might reduce skips
Spotify’s director of its Creator Technology Research Lab (and AI-music guru) François Pachet has been telling a tech conference in Israel some of his thoughts about how “AI will change the way people make art, but it...
November 12, 2019
Peloton plans to launch more ‘Artist Series’ exercise classes
Fitness firm Peloton published its latest quarterly financials this week, and it includes some information on the company’s music plans. “In order to amplify our commitment to music, we plan to increase the...
November 6, 2019
Vevo explains how to avoid YouTube ‘algorithmic death-spiral’
YouTube Algorithmic Death Spiral? We liked their early albums before they sold out… But no, a YouTube algorithmic death spiral is what Vevo is hoping to help artists avoid. Ed Walker, the company’s VP of original content...
November 5, 2019
Nearly 1,000 musicians join protest against Amazon’s ICE contracts
Amazon recently announced plans to host its own festival in Las Vegas this December, called Intersect. It’s billed as “the place where music, technology, and art converge”, but the event is rousing some strong protests...
October 28, 2019
Soundcharts launches new media-monitoring feature for artists
Music-analytics platform Soundcharts has a new feature: ‘Mentions’. It promises ‘global media and web monitoring’ for artists, tracking where they’re mentioned in three categories of media: ‘music media’, ‘verified...
October 24, 2019
Pandora hails strong growth for its Artist Marketing Platform
It’s five years since Pandora launched its Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) tools for artists to market to listeners on the streaming service. The company is celebrating the anniversary with some new stats. “In the last...
October 24, 2019
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
Extinction Rebellion stars address accusations of hypocrisy
The perils of being a famous person supporting the Extinction Rebellion climate-emergency movement are accusations of hypocrisy – especially for musicians, whose carbon footprints through touring alone are high. Now a group...
October 18, 2019
Artist K.Flay debuts ‘microcast’ designed for smart speakers
Music Ally has been posing the question ‘What can labels and artists do to capitalise on the emergence of smart speakers?’ for a while, and often the answer from the industry has been ‘We’re not sure… yet’. Other...
October 4, 2019
Serj Tankian invested in Patreon… now he’s using it as an artist
In July, fan-funding platform Patreon raised a $60m funding round of its own, from institutional investors but also from individuals – including musician Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Two months on, Tankian is...
September 30, 2019