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
KPM Music Library launches on streaming and download services
The KPM Music Library is one of the most famous production-music libraries, with more than 30,000 recordings from TV theme-tunes to background music. It’s part of EMI Production Music, which in turn is part of publisher...
January 17, 2019
Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Chartmetric adds catalogue/frontline option for playlists
Music analytics service Chartmetric has added some interesting new features: including the ability to browse playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer by their ratio of ‘frontline’ tracks to ‘catalogue’ tracks.
November 23, 2018
Led Zeppelin Experience may offer streams of concert recordings
It’s been a long time since they rock and rolled: the last time Led Zeppelin played live was for a one-off reformation in December 2007, and since then hopes of further concerts featuring the surviving members of the band...
September 24, 2018
Sandbox Issue 211: At The Sharp End. What to do (and not do) When a Song Suddenly Spikes
Lead: Songs can spike for a multitude of reasons – and often the spike is part of the marketing plan and therefore anticipated (or at least hoped for). But songs can also spike for esoteric reasons or just through sheer...
September 10, 2018
Integrations Manager – AWAL – London
As part of Kobalt’s significant expansion of AWAL – our recorded music division – the Integrations Manager will support the growing operations team by ensuring accurate and timely review and cleanse of all Incoming...
July 18, 2018
Could the music industry find itself in a catalogue bubble?
News that London-based Hipgnosis Songs Fund has raised $262m to buy music catalogues, ahead of a public flotation, is the latest reminder of the impressive valuations (and interest from the corporate world) around publishing...
July 2, 2018