Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’
Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including...
October 11, 2018
ERA, BPI and BBC team up for UK’s National Album Day in October
‘Is the album dead?’ has been a tiresome hot-take that keeps getting reheated by thinkpiece-writers since the heyday of Apple’s iTunes Store. The current streaming dynamics are only making it pop up more often. British...
July 25, 2018
BPI/ERA publish new report on big data and the music industry
British industry bodies the BPI and ERA have published a new joint report: Magic Numbers: How Can Data and Analytics Really Help the Music Industry? The report was authored by Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde, and explores...
July 10, 2018
Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’
Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI (Magic Numbers: How Can Data & Analytics Really Help The Music Industry?) and written by Music Ally, an afternoon of presentations and panel...
July 10, 2018
Superfans account for 72% of UK vinyl market says ERA
The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has put out some data on the importance of ‘superfans’. By its definition, those are people who spend more than £400 a year on their favourite entertainment format,...
May 16, 2018
Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in January
While recent ERA and BPI figures have made much of the growth in revenue and consumption of music streaming services in the UK, they didn’t explains how many people in Britain pay for a music subscription. Now we have...
March 5, 2018
UK spending on recorded music grew by 9.6% in 2017
Brits spent more than £1.2bn on recorded music in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 9.6% fuelled by the growth of streaming subscriptions. Figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) revealed that...
January 3, 2018
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
Spotify may be overtaking YouTube music for UK teenagers
YouTube remains a hugely popular for young people, but could Spotify really be overtaking it as their principle music source? That's the claim in a new report, Gen Z: Meet the Young Millennials, published by Midia Research...
June 28, 2017
Beyoncé bonus: ERA Yearbook reveals UK Lemonade downloads success
Tidal’s streaming exclusive on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ may have been an important factor in the album’s high download sales in the UK in 2016. At least, that’s our reading of the Entertainment Retailers Association...
March 7, 2017
Paid music-streaming was worth £418.5m in the UK in 2016
Paid music-streaming revenues in the UK grew by 65.1% to £418.5m last year, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) in its latest annual figures. That helped music revenues overall grow faster than...
January 5, 2017
Vinyl albums outgrossed download albums in UK last week
There is some sketchy reporting around some figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association yesterday: we’ve seen claims that vinyl is now outselling music downloads in the UK, which is incorrect. Go...
December 7, 2016