More artists turn to livestreams amid coronavirus isolation
Here’s a headline it would have been better to rewrite before publication: ‘Bands are live streaming gigs and music has officially conquered coronavirus‘. No. No it hasn’t. But the first part is true:...
March 18, 2020
Coronavirus: Bandcamp and Musicares join efforts to help artists
Alright then. We definitely want to maintain a ‘business as usual’ aspect to Music Ally’s news coverage, but as you’ll tell from our lineup today, coronavirus is overshadowing a lot that’s happening...
March 18, 2020
Artist Emma McGann launches a £20 ‘virtual tour pass’
British artist Emma McGann has been a good example of an independent artist willing to experiment with new technologies. She built her audience on live-streaming app YouNow, for example, and also became one of the first...
March 12, 2020
Add Don Toliver, Kim Loaiza and Trevor Daniel to 2019’s success stories
Taylor Swift was the IFPI’s top artist of 2019, based on global streams and sales, while Post Malone was Spotify’s most-streamed artist, and Billie Eilish was Apple Music’s artist of the year. But here’s some more...
March 4, 2020
Universal Music dominates IFPI’s artist chart of 2019
Congratulations to Taylor Swift, who was named yesterday by the IFPI as its global recording artist of 2019. She tops a chart calculated by aggregating streams, digital and physical sales globally, weighted by the value of...
March 3, 2020
Zoë Keating explains why she doesn’t sell merch or use YouTube
Zoë Keating is an artist who’s taken a leading role in talking about new technologies (blockchain, for example) as well as streaming royalties transparency. Her latest interview is with Emily White, author of the new...
March 2, 2020
Mr Eazi reveals 30 more artists for emPawa Africa program
AfroPop star Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa is a talent incubator for artists in Africa: you may remember us writing about it in July 2019, when he inked a partnership with YouTube to support his latest cohort of Nigerian artists....
February 28, 2020
Stem launches ’Scale’ feature for artist and label advances
Distributor Stem is the latest non-label company to start offering advances to its clients – although in this case, those clients include independent labels as well as individual artists. Its new feature is called ‘Scale’,...
February 28, 2020
Princess Nokia has two new albums – and both are on Platoon
US artist Princess Nokia is releasing two new albums this week: ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ and ‘Everything Sucks’. Launching two conceptually linked albums is something we’ve seen from the likes of The 1975 and Foals...
February 25, 2020
How to Make a Big Artist Comeback
If a pop star wants to go away, can they ever really ”go” away? In an age of always-on communication, the marketing fires can never go out completely; but the longer they stay away or the quieter they are, the harder...
February 10, 2020
AIM CEO pushes for post-Brexit ‘touring passport’ for artists
Paul Pacifico, CEO of UK indies body AIM, used his speech at the organisation’s AIM Connected event in London this week to talk about post-Brexit challenges for musicians. “We are working alongside our colleagues at the...
February 6, 2020
Artists can now share Spotify Canvas to their Instagram story
A growing number of artists have been taking advantage of Spotify’s Canvas feature, with its eight-second video loops accompanying tracks instead of static artwork. Now Spotify is encouraging artists to spread those videos...
January 28, 2020