Dolly Parton plans posthumous career with click-track recordings
Many artists have posthumous careers, thanks to their archives of unreleased tracks and demos. Dolly Parton, however, appears to be taking a more strategic approach for remaining successful after she dies. “I am a lucky...
January 13, 2020
Aaliyah’s catalogue to finally make it onto streaming services?
The catalogue of late R&B star Aaliyah has long been held back from streaming services – with the exception of her 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number and a handful of early singles and EPs. Now it...
December 4, 2019
Musiio reveals AI-tagging deal with production-music firm
Startup Musiio has revealed its latest partnership for its AI-powered catalogue-tagging technology. It’s working with production-music firm Overcoast – its eleventh music-industry customer – to help the company...
November 8, 2019
It’s Mariah Carey’s Christmas; we just live in it
‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ is Mariah Carey’s biggest streaming hit by a distance: it has 511.9m Spotify streams and 555m YouTube views, for example. The ‘Merry Christmas’ album the track...
November 7, 2019
Neil Young Archives website now has 25,000 subscribers
There have been several interviews with artist Neil Young recently, to promote his new book ‘To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save High-Quality Audio’. The latest piece, from Wired, has some...
October 23, 2019
Sandbox Issue 235: Talking TikTok Triumphs
Lead: TikTok is an essential consideration for artist marketing in 2019, particularly for pop acts. But for all the strategies and careful coordination, the best things on the app are often those that blindside everyone....
September 5, 2019
Drake gathers old non-album tracks in streaming ‘Care Package’
If we know anything about the dynamics of music-streaming in 2019, it’s that quiet periods aren’t really an option: like sharks, artists have to constantly be in motion in terms of activity and releases. But those don’t...
August 2, 2019
MediaNet catalogue now has more than 80m music tracks
Music-distribution platform MediaNet, which these days is owned by collecting society SOCAN (via its Dataclef services arm), has announced a new milestone. MediaNet now has more than 80m tracks in its catalogue from more...
August 2, 2019
Sandbox issue 231: Conversions. Tracking Cause and Effect in fan marketing
Lead: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half,” is a quote commonly attributed to Philadelphian retailer John Wanamaker in the 1800s and it has haunted the advertising...
July 1, 2019
Tidal gets 14-day exclusive window for Prince ‘Originals’ album
There’s a new album by Prince coming out: hurrah! But it’s an album of cover versions: boo! But wait, it’s covers of songs that Prince himself wrote for other artists to record: hurrah again! ‘Originals’ will be released...
April 26, 2019
Hipgnosis Songs Fund raises $185m to buy more songwriting catalogues
In Nile Rodgers’ NPR interview about CRB-rates appeals, he also mentioned the Hipgnosis Songs Fund in the UK as something that has “demonstrated to the financial community that hit songs are as investable financial instruments...
April 15, 2019
Tommy Boy postpones digital release of De La Soul back catalogue
De La Soul’s classic albums were due to be released digitally for the first time this week, but the launch has now been postponed by label Tommy Boy after a succession of critical social-media posts from the rap trio. “Because...
March 1, 2019