#TheShowMustBePaused latest: Sony Music, #ArtistsForBlackLives and more
Something that came through very clearly about last week’s #TheShowMustBePaused day when music companies of all kinds paused their regular work to respond to the protests about racism and police brutality was that it...
June 8, 2020
Spotify’s music podcast Dissect returns with Beyoncé focus
Remember the days when you couldn’t stream Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ album anywhere except on Tidal? The album eventually made it to other streaming services (including Spotify) in April 2019, three years...
April 24, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (24 April)
Start today with the announcement that Beyoncé’s BeyGood foundation is donating $6m to various community-based organisations, UCLA and the National Alliance in Mental Illness. “Communities of color are suffering...
April 24, 2020
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