Sandbox Issue 236: Power Plays. THE NEXT STEP FOR PLAYLISTS
Lead: Playlists are still enormously important for breaking acts and for building careers – but they are increasingly a moving target that gets harder and harder to hit. As they change what they are, how they work and what...
September 23, 2019
Sandbox Issue 191: Ad ons
Lead: With so much music now being ostensibly free at the point of consumption, advertising is expected to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the digital content industries. As such, the nature and forms of advertising have...
November 15, 2017
Q&A: Blockpool’s Kevin Bacon talks Björk, blockchain and cryptocurrency
Earlier today, Björk announced more details about her upcoming album 'Utopia', including plans to reward fans who pre-order the album with free AudioCoins cryptocurrency, through a partnership with British blockchain startup...
November 2, 2017
Björk hits the blockchain with cryptocurrency fan rewards
Fans will be able to buy Björk's new album 'Utopia' using cryptocurrencies, and pre-ordering it directly from the star or her label will earn them crypto rewards too. The musician has teamed up with British blockchain...
November 2, 2017
Kickstarter launches The Creative Independent site
Kickstarter’s head of music Molly Neumann recently told Music Ally about the crowdfunding firm’s plans to provide more post-funding support to creators. One of those initiatives launched yesterday: The Creative Independent....
September 27, 2016
Sandbox 159 – Brand Aid
Lead: In this issue of Sandbox and the following one, we look at the ways in which brand partnerships have evolved in response to digital and how they now straddle everything from app sponsorship to VR. In the opening part,...
June 15, 2016
Sandbox 128 – Target Practice: Using Data and Retargeting In Music Marketing
Lead: The music industry has embraced retargeting in recent years as it looks to get more bang for its online advertising buck. The ROIs might be tantalisingly high but the practice comes with all manner of legal and ethical...
March 11, 2015
Björk sees streaming as ‘insane’ but hints at windowing plans
Björk is the latest prominent holdout from Spotify with her new album Vulnicura. “We’re all making it up as it goes, to be honest. I would like to say there’s some master plan going on, but there isn’t. But a few...
February 27, 2015
Bjork album leaks just after it was announced
A question: if you haven’t released an album for a few years, if it’s likely to be a big deal for fans, and if it’s finished, why announce it a couple of months before release rather than going the Beyoncé or My Bloody...
January 30, 2015
The album isn’t dead… but that doesn’t mean it can’t evolve
We’re getting a bit bored of the back-and-forth about whether The Album As A Thing is dead or not. We’d rather dream up some ways for the album to evolve, although we’re not yet sold on the album-as-app concept espoused...
September 24, 2014
Björk’s Biophilia app finally makes it to Android
Björk didn't have much luck with her Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the porting of her Biophilia album-app from iOS to Android and Windows 8 devices.
July 18, 2013