Spotify trumpets its role in global success of Tones and I
Australian artist Toni Watson – aka Tones and I – is riding high with her track ‘Dance Monkey’, which started as a viral buzz track but has flowered into a bona-fide global hit. In fact, at the time of writing...
October 16, 2019
Australian publishing income rises to all-time high; digital is the hero – again
It’s a story that has been repeated many times in recent years – music revenues are rising and digital is the motor behind it all. It’s never something to be blasé about – especially for those who remember the painful...
October 14, 2019
Country Profile – Australia 2019
Four years of growth, combined with a strong established industry with room for further expansion has put the Australian recorded music business into a new optimistic mindset
September 23, 2019
Aussie fans can create videos with Ed Sheeran’s official app
The launch of a smartphone app for fans to create and share their own videos with Ed Sheeran’s music (legally!) forming the soundtrack should be big news. But it seems that the Ed No. 6 app is only available in Australia...
August 1, 2019
Startup Popgun is launching an AI-mastering tool called Gloss
We know Australian startup Popgun best for its demos showing how the company’s AI learned to compose and play music (watch the video here if you need a catchup). However, it’s also been working on something else: a new...
July 2, 2019
Australian labels win blocks against stream-ripping websites
Given the growth in paid streaming, few people in the music industry are genuinely running around panicking about the existence of ‘stream-ripping’ websites. That said, industry bodies and anti-piracy execs within rightsholders...
May 17, 2019
Australia passes tougher social media laws in wake of NZ terrorist attacks
In the wake of the white supremacist terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month in which 50 people were killed and 50 more were injured, the Australian government has passed strict new laws around the type...
April 8, 2019
Australian recorded-music revenues grew by 12.3% in 2018
The release of the latest IFPI Global Music Report has freed up a number of national industry bodies to publish their specific figures for 2018. ARIA in Australia, for example, which has reported 12.3% growth for its recorded-music...
April 4, 2019
Australian music industry wants to block stream-ripping sites
The latest front in the music industry’s battle against ‘stream-ripping’ sites is in Australia. These sites, which enable people to convert (for example) YouTube videos into downloadable MP3s, have been a bugbear for...
January 11, 2019
AI-music startup Popgun evolves: ‘We’re gonna make hit pop songs…’
In June 2017, Music Ally interviewed Stephen Phillips of Australian startup Popgun about his company's development of an artificial intelligence (AI) called 'Alice' that was capable of playing piano with humans. Alice...
November 6, 2018
Australia recorded-music revenues up 6% year-on-year
Australia is the latest country to report growth in its recorded-music business, with industry body ARIA announcing that label revenues (i.e. wholesale figures) were up by 6% year-on-year to A$195.6m in the first half of...
September 14, 2018