Mixcloud talks radio, discovery and live expansion (interview)
What is Mixcloud in 2015? It’s a streaming-audio service with 12m monthly listeners, 1m of whom are uploading DJ sets and radio shows to swell a catalogue that’s already 8m shows strong. It’s a company growing beyond...
August 10, 2015
will.i.am does something with cars for some reason
Leather glove apologist will.i.am is well known for his huge love of both technology and being ridiculous. Beautifully he has married both of these interests together in a great piece of #marketing and #content for the Lexus...
July 31, 2015
Twitter buys ‘Niche’ agency to connect brands and creators
Have you heard of Niche? Twitter certainly has: it’s bought the company for a reported $30m. But what is it? Twitter describes it as “a provider of software, community and monetisation services for the growing creative...
February 12, 2015
This week’s Sandbox Report: Brands, Goldfrapp, FanSparks and more
The lead feature in our Sandbox digital music marketing report this week looks at how brands are working with the likes of Spotify,
February 13, 2014
Music Ally Sandbox 102 – Platform and Function
Lead: As the brands and music world gets more crowded, standing out becomes exponentially harder. This is where digital music platforms are hoping to step in and offer something more engaging than a standard endorsement deal....
February 12, 2014
Chrysler gives its view of the road ahead for music and brands (#midem)
This year’s Midem conference includes a big emphasis on brands, with several big-brand executives showing up to talk about how their companies work with musicians and labels. The first keynote session in that strand...
February 1, 2014
Spotify ‘talking with brands’ about expanded follow feature
Spotify users can follow artists and one another to get updates on new playlists and activity, but what about brands?
August 23, 2013
PRS stats claim brands spent $104.8m on UK music in 2012
PRS for Music has teamed up with branding consultancy Frukt to calculate how much brands spent on music in the UK last year.
July 29, 2013
Bud Light taps Live Nation, Myspace and UMG for Music First initiative
The latest brand making a big push into music, with both live and digital elements, is Budweiser, which is launching an initiative in the US called Bud Light Music First. It's a partnership with Live Nation, Myspace and...
May 1, 2013
Spotify adds branded apps from Intel and McDonald’s
Spotify’s push to have more brands on its apps platform is paying off, with the launch of new apps from Intel and McDonald’s. The former has launched Sifter, an Echo Nest-powered recommendation app that sorts...
June 8, 2012
Shazam gets taggy for Super Bowl Sunday
Shazam is going to have a high-profile TV presence during this Sunday's Super Bowl in the US, with nearly half of the brands who've booked ads during the match making them Shazam-enabled.
February 3, 2012
Coca-Cola keen on potential Spotify partnership
When thinking about potential partnerships for Spotify, ISPs have usually been to the forefront of people's thinking. How about big, fizzy brands though? Here's Coca-Cola's head of global entertainment and sports marketing...
February 1, 2012