Lyor Cohen warns industry not to get ‘drunk off the data’
YouTube Music boss Lyor Cohen sat down with colleague Tuma Basa, director of urban music, for a hip-hop focused event earlier this week – and delivered a warning to labels about their A&R strategies. “I think the...
November 21, 2019
PRS for Music launches a data dashboard for songwriters
PRS for Music is the latest company to join the analytics bonanza with the launch yesterday (5 November) of a bespoke royalty dashboard for writers, their managers and publishers. It is available to all PRS members through...
November 6, 2019
Sandbox Issue 239: Music and Advertising’s tense union
Lead: The old rules of advertising are long gone – as is a lot of the inherent guesswork around advertising’s effectiveness. In its place has come greater tracking of ad spend and ad impact, but the entire process itself...
November 4, 2019
Publishing-rights platform Blokur emerges from beta mode
The last time we heard from startup Blokur, it was helping Massive Attack track remix rights using blockchain technology in December 2018. However, the British company has also been building its business to help music...
October 29, 2019
IFPI and WIN to launch ‘Repertoire Data Exchange’ service
The latest music-industry initiative attempting to tackle metadata muddles comes from two global bodies: the IFPI and WIN. It’s called the Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx for short) and is about unifying data passed between...
October 23, 2019
Sandbox Issue 238: Remixes Hit Saturation Point
Lead: Lil Nas X might have broken on TikTok but it was his deft use of multiple remixes (and collaborations) that kept ‘Old Town Road’ in the air throughout most of 2019. He claims he has 25 remixes of follow-up track...
October 17, 2019
Music metadata expands with DDEX’s new MEAD standard
Music-metadata standards organisation DDEX is launching its latest standard: Media Enrichment and Description (or MEAD for short). It’s a significant expansion of the metadata that labels and distributors provide to digital...
October 4, 2019
Streamlytics helps people own (and sell) their streaming data
Startup Streamlytics is selling data on how people are using music and video-streaming services, but there’s a twist: it’s bringing those people into the business model. Currently in private beta, it uses apps...
September 25, 2019
Tracking hit as Gmail iPhone app offers image-blocking option
Well, it’s not so much ‘blocking’ as it is an option for Gmail’s iPhone app not to automatically display external images when people are reading emails. But that in turn will have an impact on some of the technologies...
September 4, 2019
BBC pulls its live-radio stations from TuneIn in the UK
British broadcaster the BBC is removing its live stations from radio-streaming service TuneIn. Well, on most of its platforms, anyway. “This change is driven primarily by the BBC’s efforts to standardise how listeners...
August 13, 2019
Instagram bans marketing firm Hyp3r over data-scraping activity
After all the scandals around third-party companies use of data obtained from Facebook, now there’s a controversy brewing around Instagram too. It concerns a US marketing company called Hyp3r, which was an official ‘Facebook...
August 8, 2019
App-analytics reports offer latest insights into YouTube
For any digital platform that’s careful about the numbers it makes available for public consumption, there’s a squadron of third-party research firms aiming to fill the gap with their own calculations and estimates. Today...
August 2, 2019