Roc Nation files takedowns over YouTube deepfake audio of Jay-Z
Here’s a legal question for you: if someone creates a deepfake audio recording of an artist or public figure – for example them reading Hamlet’s ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ soliloquy or the lyrics to Billy...
April 29, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (7 April)
We wondered if we’d need to quietly retire this regular feature after a few days. Nope. Which at least shows there is plenty of positive news to write about amid the current global health crisis. We’re still not...
April 7, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (1 April)
Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
April 1, 2020
Jay-Z celebrates birthday with back-catalogue return to Spotify
Look away now, Daniel Ek and colleagues: website Vulture’s headline on Jay-Z returning his back-catalogue to Spotify is ‘For Jay-Z’s Birthday, You Can Gift Him Approximately $0.004 Per Spotify Stream’. Yes, Mr Beyoncé...
December 5, 2019
Go vegan and win a shot at Beyoncé and Jay-Z tickets for life
“What is your Greenprint?” asked Beyoncé in an Instagram post yesterday. To which many fans may have wondered ‘What *is* a Greenprint?’ The answer: it’s “the positive impact we can have on the world by eating...
February 1, 2019
Sandbox Issue 207: God Save The Streams
Lead: Just 18 months ago, pre-saves were a breath of fresh air for marketers struggling to stand above the cattle run of global releases on a Friday. But as they become ubiquitous, it is almost back to square one with everyone...
June 28, 2018
About that Beyoncé/Jay-Z Tidal “exclusive”…
When is a streaming exclusive not an exclusive? That’s the existential question now underpinning the release of Everything In Love, the new album from Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Like 2016’s Lemonade by Beyoncé, it launched...
June 19, 2018
Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprise-release new album on Tidal
“If I gave two f***s about streaming numbers, would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify,” sings Beyoncé on ‘Nice’, a track from her new album with Jay-Z. The album, ‘Everything is Love’, was announced on-stage...
June 18, 2018
Sandbox 185: Simply the worst
Lead: History tends to be written by the winners and that is why we almost exclusively hear about campaigns that worked brilliantly and left everyone involved covered in glory – where the marketing team and artist were...
August 7, 2017
Jay-Z to release a cassette version of ‘4.44’ album
Get your spooling-pencils ready! Jay-Z’s latest album ‘4.44’ may still be missing from Spotify, but it’s getting a new physical release as a cassette. Virgin EMI Records promoted the format in a tweet yesterday,...
July 26, 2017
Could Jay-Z really be losing $1m a week from snubbing Spotify?
It’s fair to point out that this amount almost certainly isn’t large enough to qualify to be added to Jay-Z’s famously-long list of problems. Billboard has been asking industry folk how much money Jay-Z is missing...
July 24, 2017
971k pirate downloads of Jay-Z album in first 72 hours says Muso
The exclusivity arrangements around Jay-Z’s new album ‘4.44’ meant that even brand-new Tidal subscribers who missed the cut-off deadline – Mark Ronson among them – couldn’t stream the album unless they were Sprint...
July 4, 2017