Tag: ed sheeran
Sandbox Issue 209: Storylines, Music’s next chapter with Instagram Stories
Lead: There are 400m people using Instagram Stories every day and musicians are among the heaviest lifters here. Until recently, however, it was a curiously music-free set up; but new licensing deals with parent company...
July 30, 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
Pollstar mid-year Top 50 Tours chart sets new sales record
The top 50 worldwide tours in the first half of 2018 set a new record for ticket sales, according to Pollstar. Its mid-year chart shows a 12% spike in gross sales to $2.21bn. “It’s the chart’s biggest rise since 2015-16...
July 18, 2018
Ed Sheeran manager takes aim at ‘abhorrent’ ticket touting
Credit to Ed Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp for not mincing his words when it comes to his campaign against inflated secondary-ticketing prices. “We do it because I think it’s abhorrent that some bastard is harvesting...
September 7, 2017
Music retail spending up by 11.2% in the UK this year
Very few people in the music industry want to tempt fate by publicly hailing the return of boom times. However, there are indications that 2017 could turn out to be the most impressive year of growth yet in our industry’s...
July 26, 2017
Ed Sheeran cancels 10k tickets on secondary websites
As one of the hottest tickets on the current touring scene, Ed Sheeran is understandably also one of the most sought-after artists on secondary services. His team are trying to tackle touting though: this week they have...
July 19, 2017
Sandbox 178: Mixed Up
Lead: mixtapes have long been used in hip-hop, often when acts are starting out and wanting to create a buzz around themselves. Now they are becoming more common as major acts use them as an embellishment to an existing...
April 26, 2017
T-Series and Ed Sheeran did 1bn+ YouTube views in March
We’ve been predicting for a few months now that Bollywood music brand T-Series was heading towards a new YouTube milestone of more than 1bn monthly video views. In March it happened, but it also happened for a second...
April 18, 2017
From Japanese Instagram cats to Suffolk road-safety ads: marketing Ed Sheeran’s Divide
We know all about the big digital numbers around the new Ed Sheeran album ‘Divide’, from 375m first-week Spotify streams to more than 1bn YouTube video views. What we didn’t know so much about was the marketing behind...
March 31, 2017
Drake More Life races to 78m streams on Spotify
Unlike his last album 'Views', Drake's new release 'More Life' is available on every streaming service from day one. It's already reaping the rewards on Spotify. The album (although it's officially being referred to as...
March 20, 2017
Ed Sheeran gets involved in Facebook copyright row
Covers musician Charlotte Campbell found herself temporarily locked out of her Facebook account last week after posting a short clip of her covering Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’. She was on the wrong end of...
March 13, 2017
Ed Sheeran, the charts and the law of unintended consequences
Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and label Atlantic Records, who enjoyed a record-breaking week for sales, streams and chart placements as expected. Sheeran’s home country was one of the first to declare figures, with his...
March 13, 2017