Chartmetric is making sense of DSPs’ playlist-ladder systems
Music-analytics firm Chartmetric has published a blog post outlining some of the findings from its ‘Pre-Playlist Analyzer’ and ‘Post-Playlist Analyzer’ tools, and it makes for interesting reading....
September 25, 2019
What losing faith in playlists could mean for music marketing
Our latest issue of Sandbox went out to subscribers last night. In the cover feature, we look at how playlists marketing has gone through upheaval in recent months as the two biggest players (Apple Music and Spotify) take...
September 24, 2019
Taylor Swift drops ‘Lover’ video ahead of album release
What’s that? Taylor Swift has a new album out? You’d think someone in the media and/or streaming-service world would have told you, right? Just joking: ‘Lover’ is inescapable this week, with a full complement of DSP...
August 23, 2019
DSPs and NMPA filings are in over new CRB royalty rates
Breaking news: there isn’t just one appeal against the new songwriter-royalty rates proposed by the Copyright Royalty Board in the US. The one from Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon we all know about – it was officially...
August 16, 2019
Tidal has lots of things up its sleeve for the exclusive on Prince’s new album.
Remember streaming exclusives? Everyone seems to have given up on them. Well, everyone except Tidal. It has announced that it has the exclusive on Originals, a posthumous album from Prince containing a number of unheard demos...
May 30, 2019
CD Baby will use Audible Magic to spot infringing music
A number of prominent artists have suffered from ‘fake uploads’ to streaming services recently, including Beyoncé, Rihanna and SZA. Attention has focused on how these artists’ old recordings were uploaded to DSPs as...
April 17, 2019
Sandbox Issue 225: Retargeting in an Age of Privacy
Lead: Tighter regulations around retargeting have made the job of digital marketing much trickier to navigate. What this has meant is that marketers have to get smarter. We speak to those working around these rules about...
April 3, 2019
Sony/ATV boss thinks labels ‘more vulnerable’ to DSP competition
Music publishers are currently engaged in verbal fisticuffs with a group of music-streaming services, and Spotify in particular, over the group’s plans to appeal against new songwriter royalty-rates set by the US Copyright...
April 1, 2019
More artists pull their R. Kelly collaborations from DSPs
In a month of mounting problems for artist R. Kelly, more artists are starting to pull their collaborations with him from streaming and download services. Celine Dion has removed her 1998 track ‘These Are Special Times’...
January 15, 2019
DSPs under fire again in the UK over drill music
Earlier this year we reported on the controversy surrounding rap sub-genre ‘drill’ in the UK, as YouTube removed around 30 drill-music videos following complaints by police that they were driving gang tensions...
November 9, 2018
Distributor DistroKid raises ‘significant’ new investment
More evidence (perhaps) to scotch the ‘Spotify will kill distributors’ hot-takes around the streaming service’s recent launch of direct artist uploads. Distributor DistroKid has taken what it describes as a “significant...
October 10, 2018