Database Devi offers analytics focused on urban/Latin music
The cycle of music-analytics startups is well-established. They arrive. If they’re good they build an audience. Then someone bigger (Spotify, Apple and Pandora in past examples) snaps them up. Repeat. And while those big...
March 22, 2019
UMG gets a new CIO while Deezer appoints a new CCO
In today’s data-rich (some would say data-overloaded) music industry, the role of chief information officer – CIO – is increasingly important for large music companies. So Universal Music Group’s appointment of Dan...
March 14, 2019
Around 91m Americans may be listening to podcasts every week
“We’re entering the Golden Age of Podcasts” claims a headline on a blog post by Chartable, a company that focuses on podcast analytics. This is based on an online survey conducted by the company recently, which aims...
February 25, 2019
Soundcharts revamps its pricing to boost in-team data-sharing
Music-analytics platform Soundcharts is shaking up the way it charges for its service. Its subscription plans will now allow unlimited users, with the cost varying instead by how many artists are being tracked. “The music...
February 21, 2019
Sandbox Issue 222: SYNC IN. Music Synchronisation Gets Smarter
Lead: as synchronisation grows in importance, a new wave of tools is emerging to make that whole process work seamlessly and smarter, covering both micro-licensing and pitch management. We look at the key players here, what...
February 20, 2019
Spotify Teardown authors call for Facebook-style scrutiny
The team of Swedish researchers behind new book ‘Spotify Teardown’ have already roused the ire of the streaming service, which criticised their methods of digging in to its system. But with the book on the verge of release,...
February 13, 2019
IDC releases smartphone figures for China and India
Research firm IDC has been putting out its latest numbers on smartphone shipments around the world, including China and India – both countries of considerable interest to the music industry in 2019, with smartphone growth...
February 12, 2019
Sandbox Issue 221: Fake Views. Lies, damned lies and music statistics
Lead: Smoke and mirrors have always been part of music, but when it comes to data, truth is starting to play second fiddle to hype. The nefarious and ruthless are finding ways to “massage” social media and streaming numbers...
February 7, 2019
Facebook financials impress but Apple row is getting serious
Facebook published its latest financial results yesterday, with quarterly revenues up 30% year-on-year to $16.91bn, leading to a net profit of $6.88bn in the fourth quarter of 2018. Mobile advertisements accounted for around...
January 31, 2019
MMF publishes guide to fan-data for artist managers
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has published its latest report: The Fan Data Guide. It’s part of the wider ‘Digital Dollar’ initiative to educate people about income streams around digital music. According to the MMF,...
January 25, 2019
FindMyFans promises “a new way to micro-market”
Empowering fan communities around geolocation technology… you just need to throw in AR/VR and this is “the most 2018 startup” of 2018. The thinking behind FindMyFans coalesced last year when founder and Harvard Business...
October 15, 2018
Muso launches ‘Piracy by Industry’ dashboard for trade bodies
Anti-piracy-tools firm Muso has made its name with research on the scale of online piracy of music and other content, as well as with its partnership with UK indie trade-body AIM to help its labels tackle piracy of their...
October 8, 2018