Tag: ed sheeran
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber release duet ‘I Don’t Care’
There were hints that Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber were working on something new together in recent weeks. This morning, the fruits of their collaboration were revealed: a duet called ‘I Don’t Care’, which is available...
May 10, 2019
Shape of You is first track to reach 2bn Spotify streams
The days of Ed Sheeran having to go for a thrifty all-you-can-eat date while encouraging his partner to fill up her bag with sweet’n’sour scran are long gone: his live business alone has made the British musician one...
December 11, 2018
Sandbox Issue 215: ‘Boxing Clever. Sandbox Summit Special Issue
In a break with tradition, this issue of Sandbox is a wrap up of our recent Sandbox Summit in London. Inside, we have reports from every panel, every keynote and every presentation – going into detail on what was covered...
November 5, 2018
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