Ariana Grande gets four-part docu-series commissioned by YouTube
Ariana Grande has been breaking Spotify records with her ‘thank u, next’ track, and now she’s become the latest artist to get her own documentary on YouTube. In fact, ‘Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries’ is...
November 29, 2018
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
Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle
Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...
September 19, 2018
Apple Music and Spotify in music documentary arms race
You stand around for ages waiting for a streaming music service to make a documentary about a band, a record label or a genre and then three show up at once. Etc. Possibly on the back on an exclusive deal with Cash Money...
August 18, 2016
Rick Rubin rolls out the memories on Genius
Lyrical annotations service Genius has a new user, and he’ll be familiar to many of you: Rick Rubin. The famous producer has been adding his studio memories to a selection of tracks on the service, with anecdotes about...
February 4, 2015
Rolling Stones to stream archive of concert films through Facebook
The Rolling Stones are the latest artist to work with e-commerce firm Screenburn to stream films to fans on Facebook, following in the footsteps of Katy Perry and Paul McCartney. The Stones are making six films available,...
September 6, 2014
Beats Music launches YouTube documentary about Do The Right Thing
It’s the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing film, and Beats Music is celebrating with a short documentary on YouTube. The 23-minute video was published this week, featuring Lee and several cast...
August 19, 2014
James Brown documentary gets dedicated WhoSampled site
Given he is the most sampled artist of all time, it is only fitting that a new documentary on James Brown, Get On Up, is being linked in with WhoSampled as part of its digital marketing. WhoSampled estimates his recordings...
August 5, 2014
Merge Records gets 25th anniversary promotion on Google Play
While the YouTube v indies row continues to simmer, other parts of Google’s business are working more positively with independent labels. The Google Play store has a new promotion this week for US indie Merge Records,...
July 10, 2014
Katy Perry ‘Part of Me’ documentary being streamed on Facebook
Fans of Katy Perry are getting another chance to watch ‘Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me’, but this time on Facebook. The 2012 film focuses on the star’s tour the previous year, and has been made available...
June 23, 2014
Imogen Heap unfazed by Kickstarter failure
Musician Imogen Heap didn’t manage to raise £200,000 on Kickstarter to make her Mi.Mu gestural music gloves – her campaign stalled at £133,000. However, she’s pressing ahead. “It actually worked out...
June 7, 2014