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Frank Ocean Endless video-album spreads wings beyond Apple Music
Remember Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’ album? It’s okay if you don’t: its release in August 2016 was rather trumped by the launch a day later of ‘Blonde’ – the latter on […]
UMG general counsel says exclusives shouldn’t cause tension
You can rely on a senior lawyer to pour oil on troubled waters: Universal Music’s general counsel Jeffrey Harleston has been addressing the question of streaming exclusives, in an interview […]
About those ‘Spotify burying Frank Ocean’ claims…
Last Friday, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’ album was made available on Spotify after its period of Apple Music exclusivity.
Streaming exclusives, labels and the death of the ‘release date’
You’d be forgiven for having reached saturation point with thinkpieces about album exclusives on music-streaming services.
However, if you’ve got room for one more, make it Kobalt VP of global marketing strategy David Emery’s “High Wire” piece, which makes some typically-shrewd observations about 2016’s clutch of exclusives on Apple Music and Tidal.
Frank Ocean may have made $1.8m from ‘Blond’ in the US
Obligatory caveat: nobody knows how much Frank Ocean has made from his latest album ‘Blond’ – not even Ocean himself – until the money actually rolls in.
Billboard has been taking some educated guesses based on the album’s first-week sales and streams in the US, though.
On Frank Ocean, Universal, Apple Music and exclusives
There are a lot of assumptions being made about the current situation between Frank Ocean, Universal Music and Apple.
The fact that Ocean’s visual album ‘Endless’ (released through UMG) was followed so swiftly by his ’Blond’ album (released through his own label) is provoking plenty of dot-joining.
The theory: Ocean fulfilled his label deal with ‘Endless’ then sucker-punched UMG with ‘Blond’ in cahoots with Apple, sparking rage in the senior ranks of Universal, and a new blanket-ban on streaming exclusives for its artists.
Frank Ocean releases ‘Blond’ album
Yes, Frank Ocean’s new album is actually available.
No, it’s not called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ – that’s the 360-page magazine that the physical version of the album is package with. No, it’s not called ‘Endless’ – it turns out the 45-minute visual album that Ocean released through Apple last week isn’t the full new album.
Frank Ocean, David Gray and the death of the “old” album
When is an album not an album? Kanye West has been constantly tinkering with The Life Of Pablo, adding, subtracting and rearranging it – treating it either as a rolling […]
This week’s Sandbox: Bot n Roll
Music Ally’s latest Sandbox digital music marketing report was published yesterday, and is available to read for all subscribers.
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 only lasts a few weeks).
Tumblr’s live video move ties in with YouTube and others
As expected, Tumblr launched its live-streaming video feature yesterday, but there was a twist in the way the feature works. Rather than compete with other platforms, Tumblr is working with them. “You can post live videos through YouNow (iOS, Android), Kanvas (iOS, Android), Upclose (iOS, Android) and YouTube (Android-ready right now, iOS-ready in a few days),” explained the company in a blog post.