Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants
Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
October 17, 2018
U2 still the top-earning musicians in Forbes Celebrity chart
Forbes has published its annual ‘Celebrity 100’ list of the highest-paid entertainers in the world, with many headlines (and inevitable internet arguments) focusing on its claim that Kylie Jenner is set to be “the...
July 18, 2018
Sandbox 186: Video killed the video star
Lead: So long to big-budget videos? Taylor Swift’s new vid may be breaking YouTube records, but many major artists are starting to question the value of traditional music videos. Our lead feature looks at some of the...
September 29, 2017
Coldplay gig to be streamed live for Samsung Gear VR headsets
The latest marketing partnership around virtual reality focuses on Coldplay, whose 17 August gig in Chicago will be streamed live to headsets. Specifically, to Samsung Gear VR headsets, through a partnership between the manufacturer...
August 10, 2017
Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits
Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
June 21, 2017
Coldplay get a companion app for Hypnotised – co-created by Brian Eno
It’s unusual in 2017 to see a new app from a major artist pop up in our RSS feed of new iOS music apps. The title ‘Coldplay: Hypnotised’ made us prick up our ears this morning though. It’s a genuine release for...
June 14, 2017
VR music app Vrtify is now available to try
We wrote about musical-VR startup Vrtify in our virtual reality primer last year, but now its app has been made available for iOS and Android for anyone to try. The app, which is also coming out for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive...
January 6, 2017
Six of the top 20 UK entertainment products are albums
The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has published its chart of the top entertainment products in the UK in the first half of 2016 – a chart that includes albums, TV/films and games.
July 19, 2016
Ed Sheeran, Abba and Coldplay sign latest YouTube letter
Google is under more pressure over the safe harbour protection that YouTube enjoys, with a letter signed by more than 1,000 artists sent to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Ed Sheeran, Abba, Coldplay and...
July 1, 2016
Report claims Spotify will allow some premium windowing
Spotify’s policy on restricting albums to its premium users only has been clear in recent years: it won’t allow it. The no-windowing policy was at the heart of the streaming service’s dispute with Taylor Swift; and...
December 9, 2015
Sandbox 146 – Waxing Lyrical
Lead: outside of sheet music, lyrics were once often dismissed as being of peripheral interest. Now they are being put front and centre of marketing campaigns. We look at the acts who have been embracing this most and assessing...
December 2, 2015
Coldplay teased their new album with Instagram clips
Imagine if you had a time machine and could zoom back to 2000, when Coldplay released their debut album, and tell the band that 15 years later, their Instagram teasers for a new LP would be liveblogged by a national newspaper. Admittedly,...
November 25, 2015