Distributors start to respond to Spotify’s direct-uploads tool
You'll hopefully have seen our story yesterday on Spotify's new tests of a tool for artists to directly upload their music to its platform - including our thoughts on why it's less a distributor-killer, and more just the...
September 21, 2018
Spotify tests tool for artists to upload their music directly
Spotify is testing a tool that will enable independent artists and labels to upload their music directly to the streaming service, without having to go through a distributor. The company has quietly been testing this tool...
September 20, 2018
Africa’s music opportunity: ‘One thing you have to have is resilience’
Africa isn’t one music market: it’s a collection of them. And most of them aren’t that well understood by the music industry elsewhere in the world. That’s why the day-long Midem African Forum is such an interesting...
June 5, 2018
Roxanne de Bastion: ‘What I learned crowdfunding from my own website’
“You'd be surprised by who's willing to support your music." These were the words of my singer songwriter friend E.W. Harris back in 2010 (insert a thick US Southern drawl for a more accurate quote). He had just...
March 6, 2018
Universal promises to share Spotify windfall with its artists
With Spotify preparing for its direct public listing, Universal Music has settled a long-running question over how it will deal with any windfall from its shares in the streaming service. “Consistent with UMG’s approach...
March 6, 2018
Neil Young takes aim at Google and other tech giants
Neil Young has said some thought-provoking things about digital music in the last few years, but his latest blog post about Google could have done with a fact-checker. “Today, in the age of FaceBook, GOOGLE and Amazon,...
February 26, 2018
ShaoDow talks artist entrepreneurs: merch, manga and more
Music Ally first encountered British artist ShaoDow earlier this month at AIM’s Indie-Con event in London. Less than a fortnight later, he was holding court at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam. The topic: ‘The...
February 15, 2018
She Makes War: Laura Kidd on the experience of crowdfunding an album
UK-based musician Laura Kidd writes, produces and records music as She Makes War, with three albums under her belt so far. She's crowdfunding her fourth using PledgeMusic: here's her take on the experience as an artist. "In...
January 31, 2018
Taylor Swift to make streaming services wait for new album
It wouldn’t feel right to have a new Taylor Swift album without an almighty hoo-ha around streaming, despite the star’s rapprochement with Spotify in June. Multiple reports overnight explain that her new album ‘Reputation’...
November 8, 2017
Spotify launches ‘Rise’ programme for emerging artists
A few years ago, Spotify had an initiative called ‘Spotlight’ which picked out its new acts to watch, promoting them in its local markets. Hozier, Tove Lo and Jack Garratt were among the beneficiaries. But Spotlight...
October 23, 2017
Spotify launches iOS app for musicians
Spotify has launched a new mobile app, but this one has a very specific group of users in mind: musicians. The Spotify for Artists app goes live today for iOS, with the music-streaming service promising that an Android...
October 12, 2017
Abbey Road launches Topline app to help artists capture ideas
Not content with running its own startups incubator, Abbey Road Studios is now getting into the mobile apps game. But its new app, Topline, is firmly focused on the London studios’ key customers: artists. The app is...
October 4, 2017