L Devine’s digital ‘URL Tour’ helped her sell out of merch
One of the most inventive approaches to livestreaming so far this year came from British artist L Devine, who went on an online-only ‘URL Tour’ when a planned physical tour was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead...
April 3, 2020
Facebook expands its ‘stars’ monetisation to musicians
We haven’t written about this much, because musicians couldn’t use it, but Facebook has had its own livestream monetisation system of ‘stars’ running for a while now. It’s akin to Twitch’s bits and cheers and...
March 30, 2020
Analyst predicts big hit to Facebook and Google ad revenues
We’re trying to report on all the positive news amid the coronavirus pandemic, but we can’t ignore the bad news. For example, the likely impact on digital advertising spending, with the giants of that space – Google...
March 26, 2020
Facebook in talks to buy 10% of JioSaavn’s parent company
Facebook has been very clear that it doesn’t, at present, plan to launch its own music streaming service – preferring to explore other ways of working with music companies and artists. It didn’t say anything...
March 25, 2020
More artists turn to livestreams amid coronavirus isolation
As the live-music shutdown continues, more and bigger artists have turned to livestreaming performances online as an alternative, if not (certainly not in terms of income) a replacement. Neil Young is launching a ‘Fireside...
March 17, 2020
After latest appointments, 40% of Facebook board are women
Facebook has appointed two new directors to its board: Estee Lauder CFO Tracey Travis, and former McKinsey & Company director Nancy Killefer. Why is this significant? Because it brings the percentage of women on Facebook’s...
March 10, 2020
Facebook and Twitter pull out of SXSW due to coronavirus
We reported yesterday on what the coronavirus outbreak might mean for June’s Midem music industry conference: presently, it means sharing Cannes with 23,000 real-estate folk due to the postponement of that industry’s...
March 3, 2020
Facebook’s annual revenues grew by 27% to $70.7bn in 2019
Shock news: Facebook made a shedload of money in 2019! The social network’s latest financial results cover the final quarter of 2019, but also the full year. Facebook’s revenues grew by 27% year-on-year to $70.7bn,...
January 30, 2020
D-AR-k Side Of The Moon: Pink Floyd’s new augmented reality filters
As part of the promotion for their The Later Years album and box-set, Pink Floyd have just launched a number of augmented reality filters for social media. Rhino UK commissioned WMG’s Firepit Technology to create Instagram...
January 9, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
Facebook tipped to sign music-video licensing deals for Watch
Up to this point, Facebook’s music-licensing deals have focused squarely on user-generated content. But for several years now – for example in the days when Vevo’s relationship with YouTube was thought to be on the...
December 20, 2019
Facebook buys the developer of VR-music game Beat Saber
Beat Saber has been one of the success stories in the modern virtual-reality industry: the music-rhythm game sold its one millionth copy in May 2019, nine months after the $20 title’s release. Now that success has led...
November 27, 2019