ERA boss Kim Bayley joins the #BrokenRecord streaming debate
The #BrokenRecord campaign has been gathering momentum in recent weeks – and was even the subject of our own Music Ally TV Show last week. Now ERA, the body that represents retailers and digital music services in the UK,...
May 21, 2020
Serving the Superfans: takeaways from today’s BPI / ERA / Music Ally online insight session
Today was going to be the day for an insight session put on in London by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA in partnership with Music Ally about 'Serving the Superfans'. Covid-19 put paid to the in-person plans, so the...
April 29, 2020
British music bodies optimistic despite Covid-19 impact
The BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association remain positive about the outlook for the UK’s recorded music industry, despite COVID-19 and Brexit representing extremely tough challenges for the British music business....
April 17, 2020
BPI & ERA Insight Session: Serving The Superfans – 29 April
Music Ally is partnering with ERA and the BPI to create a special report and livestreamed event looking at superfans and how to best market to them. The report will be published to coincide with the virtual conference which...
April 2, 2020
ERA boss delivers warning: ‘More music is not better music’
The theme of UK indie body AIM’s AIM Connected conference this week was ‘strong opinions’, and Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) boss Kim Bayley absolutely did not disappoint on that score. Her speech offered...
February 6, 2020
In 2019, UK music-streaming spending passed £1bn for the first time
Consumer spending on music streaming in the UK passed the symbolic £1bn mark for the first time last year, according to figures published by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) today. Brits spent just over £1bn...
January 3, 2020
ERA report claims still shapes the generation gap for music
Shakespeare had the seven ages of man, but the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has managed to squeeze it down to five to cover people’s consumption of media and entertainment. Drawn from ERA’s consumer...
December 6, 2019
ERA boss defends streaming services against the “insidious rise in name-calling”
Any discussion of what streaming services do (or don’t) pay out is always going to get people’s blood pressure up. Are streaming services saving the business? Or are they part of a Big Tech turbo-conspiracy to exploit...
May 7, 2019
BPI and ERA figures reveal music’s growth in the UK in 2018
British industry bodies the BPI and ERA have published figures showing how the UK's recorded-music market grew in 2018. One of the headlines: an 8.9% growth last year in recorded-music sales to £1.33bn (around $1.68bn)....
January 3, 2019
ERA gets physical with IFPI; IFPI hits back
Last week we covered the publication of the IFPI’s Music Consumer Insight Report (based on AudienceNet data) which looked at, among other things, how much time consumers spend listening to music and how they listen to...
October 15, 2018
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