Chinese artist Kris Wu hits big on iTunes – and not with bots
Kris Wu had a big hit on Apple’s iTunes chart last week with his album ‘Antares’, but the Chinese artist swiftly fell foul of online rumourmongers suggesting that his sales success was in some way down...
November 8, 2018
7digital’s Pete Downton talks streaming, telcos, voice control and Apple
In the mid-2000s, Pete Downton had a PowerPoint presentation. It included a slide with a map of the world plotting Warner Music Group’s licensing partnerships with 40 mobile operators: a network with a theoretical reach...
December 14, 2017
Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit
A track called ‘Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is 10 minutes of silence. Not in a John Cage conceptual way, but for purely practical purposes. Samir Rezhami created the track in response to a bug (or feature!) that...
August 11, 2017
Voltra takes on Bandcamp with 100% artist rev-share
This is an obvious point for Music Ally readers, but while we’re in a transition from sales to streams and ownership to access, that doesn’t mean sales and ownership of music are entirely dead concepts – particularly...
March 22, 2017
Garth Brooks hails Amazon’s ‘great money’ and short terms
Country musician Garth Brooks has been talking about his evolving digital strategy, including his recent exclusive streaming deal with Amazon. “Out of the blue, here comes Amazon looking to start a streaming partnership...
December 7, 2016
PPL’s new performer board members reveal their priorities
UK music licensing firm PPL has two new board members from the artist and management community. Performer Roxanne de Bastion and manager David Stopps have been elected to join PPL’s Performer Board, as well as its main...
November 28, 2016
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...
August 30, 2016
Behind the Campaign: Aurora – Sandbox 157
For most Brits, Aurora would have first appeared on their radar with her cover of Oasis’ ‘Half The World Away’ for the John Lewis Christmas 2015 ad. But she had been building steadily long before that marketing coup.
August 24, 2016
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’...
August 22, 2016
Behind The Campaign: Jack Garratt – Sandbox 155
Jack Garratt released his debut album, Phase, in February but had already been named as the winner of both the Brits Critics’ Choice award and the BBC Sound Of 2016 poll. Guillermo Ramos, senior marketing manager, Island...
August 18, 2016
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