Beyoncé drops surprise live-album to accompany Netflix special
In December 2013, Beyoncé managed to release her eponymous fifth solo album as a complete surprise to fans and the music industry alike, bar a small, trusted circle of insiders and digital partners. Nearly five and a half...
April 18, 2019
Go vegan and win a shot at Beyoncé and Jay-Z tickets for life
“What is your Greenprint?” asked Beyoncé in an Instagram post yesterday. To which many fans may have wondered ‘What *is* a Greenprint?’ The answer: it’s “the positive impact we can have on the world by eating...
February 1, 2019
Beyoncé’s company sued over the accessibility of her website
A new class-action lawsuit filed in the US against Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment will be triggering a few urgent meetings within management companies and labels in the week ahead, we suspect. The lawsuit has...
January 7, 2019
Soundrop is investigating fake Beyoncé and SZA album-uploads
More details are emerging about the fake Beyoncé and SZA albums uploaded to streaming services just before Christmas, which gathered old tracks and unreleased demos from the artists under different artist names (Queen Carter...
January 7, 2019
Fake Beyoncé albums removed from Spotify and Apple Music
After Music Ally’s final bulletin of 2018 was sent out, we had a moment of ‘we’ll need to send out an alert’ terror when it seemed as if Beyoncé had dropped not one, but two surprise albums. The 10-track...
January 2, 2019
Sandbox Issue 207: God Save The Streams
Lead: Just 18 months ago, pre-saves were a breath of fresh air for marketers struggling to stand above the cattle run of global releases on a Friday. But as they become ubiquitous, it is almost back to square one with everyone...
June 28, 2018
About that Beyoncé/Jay-Z Tidal “exclusive”…
When is a streaming exclusive not an exclusive? That’s the existential question now underpinning the release of Everything In Love, the new album from Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Like 2016’s Lemonade by Beyoncé, it launched...
June 19, 2018
Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprise-release new album on Tidal
“If I gave two f***s about streaming numbers, would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify,” sings Beyoncé on ‘Nice’, a track from her new album with Jay-Z. The album, ‘Everything is Love’, was announced on-stage...
June 18, 2018
Beyoncé bonus: ERA Yearbook reveals UK Lemonade downloads success
Tidal’s streaming exclusive on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ may have been an important factor in the album’s high download sales in the UK in 2016. At least, that’s our reading of the Entertainment Retailers Association...
March 7, 2017
Beyoncé storms Instagram with pregnancy announcement
As you may have heard, Beyoncé is pregnant with twins – or as one Twitter wag put it: “Sad that there are more black people in Beyoncé right now, than in Trump’s entire cabinet team.” We’ll stay on topic in...
February 2, 2017
‘Little Mix? The GIF-ability of their videos is huge…’
As a sign of the times in November, Vevo launched a GIF creator to allow viewers to grab and loop five-second clips of videos on the platform. If you want your video to have more of a life beyond YouTube or Vevo, you have...
November 24, 2016
Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties
The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
November 13, 2016