Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify
Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall. Speaking...
February 22, 2018
Spotify Who We Be playlist spawns live concert in November
Hot on the heels of launching a series of live gigs in the US based on its RapCaviar playlist brand, Spotify is now following suit in the UK. 30 November will see a high-profile concert at Alexandra Palace in London inspired...
September 8, 2017
Grime music consumption up 93% in the UK says BPI
Awards, chart-topping albums and continued critical acclaim have made the last year a big one for UK grime. Now British industry body the BPI has put out some figures to quantify the genre’s rise, in partnership with Disrupt...
June 19, 2017
Urban Development talks grime, education and industry diversity
The UK grime scene is far from an overnight success, having originally emerged early this century. It’s a similar story for Urban Development, the British company that’s nurturing some of its potential future stars. The...
June 14, 2017
YouTube hails grime and UK rap’s 1.3bn views in 2016
One of the hot events at the UK’s Great Escape festival this past weekend was a YouTube-branded night of grime, headlined by Kano. Ahead of the gig, YouTube put out some stats on the growing popularity of grime (and...
May 22, 2017
Stormzy gets his UK number one while breaking Spotify records
Friday was a good day for British grime star Stormzy – if not quite as good a day for the successful preservation of UK chart embargoes. After a week of intense fan interest in whether Stormzy’s album ‘Gang Signs...
March 6, 2017
UK grime: how artists ripped up the music industry rulebook
Grime is the UK’s most exciting musical and cultural export in decades, but it’s also fascinating on a business level. Many grime stars have broken through entirely independently, going the DIY route rather than signing...
February 1, 2017
Sandbox 167 – Super Market
Lead: Most acts want as many fans as possible, but the super fans are the first to flock to them and will often be the ones still there long after the stadium shows and #1 singles have dried up. Holding and cultivating them...
November 2, 2016
Deezer launches grime channel and bursaries initiative
Deezer is launching a very interesting initiative to do more to promote and support the British grime scene, both at home and abroad. The streaming service is launching a dedicated grime channel that will be available...
October 21, 2016