Judge clears way for class-action lawsuit over Tidal exclusive
Tidal is at the centre of another legal row, but this time it may be an artist, rather than the streaming service, which ends up in court. The focus is on Kanye West’s 2016 album ‘The Life of Pablo’ and West’s...
June 25, 2018
Campaigns: Beyoncé milks Lemonade – Sandbox 156
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has dropped an album out of the sky. Nor is it the first ‘visual album’ to appear. Nonetheless, it’s been nearly three years since her last album and the hype has reached a critical...
August 18, 2016
Dream Too Much is latest Amazon exclusive album
‘I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)’ by The Electric Prunes is regarded as one of the first psychedelic records, but that’s probably not the socio-cultural reference point Amazon is after with its latest children’s...
August 18, 2016
Brand Aid Part 1 – Sandbox 159
Brand partnerships used to be straightforward for musicians. But with the steady march of digital, these deals can include anything from app sponsorship to VR. Over the next two sandboxes, we will examine where brand partnerships...
August 9, 2016
Frank Ocean – the latest Apple Music exclusive?
Both Apple and Tidal have been upping the stakes around exclusives this year in what we can crudely call an escalating Content War (with others like Spotify left to sit on the sidelines and hope the exclusive windowing period...
August 2, 2016
Tidal’s latest suitor is reportedly Apple Music
Gossip about Tidal being up for sale have been floating in the ether for at least half a year, even if the potential suitors (Samsung, Rhapsody, Google) have changed.
July 1, 2016
New Snoop Dogg album is the latest Apple Music exclusive
Apple Music celebrated its first anniversary with another big-name artist exclusive: Snoop Dogg’s new album ‘Coolaid’. The album went live on Apple’s streaming service yesterday, two days ahead of its release on the...
July 1, 2016
Amazon releasing more ‘family’ albums through Prime Music
YouTube has taught us that there’s a big audience online for children’s music videos. Amazon is aiming to prove that it can be a big hit in an audio-streaming service too. The company has already released several ‘family’...
June 21, 2016
Report 390 – Limited Edition
In our cover feature we pick apart just what is so “exclusive” about exclusives. They represent the new arms race gripping services, driven in the main by Tidal and Apple Music and their keenness to grab market share;...
June 8, 2016
Forget albums as apps: iamamiwhoami’s new album is a website
We’ve seen a lot of talk about the notion of albums as apps in recent years, but (formerly) mysterious Swedish artist iamamiwhoami is trying something different: album as website. Their new album ‘Blue’...
October 9, 2014
Alt-J: big on the iTunes Store, but exclusively pre-streaming on Spotify
Spotify announced its latest pre-release exclusive yesterday: a week’s streaming of Alt-J’s second album ‘This Is All Yours’ before its general release on 22 September. The company noted that the...
September 18, 2014
Beats Music bags streaming exclusive for Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’
Are the streaming exclusivity wars about to kick off in earnest? It’s been predicted for a while, but yesterday’s tweet from Beats Music set the cat among the pigeons. “America! You can now listen to @Coldplay’s...
August 22, 2014