Apple Music ‘Kids and Family’ listening doubled in four weeks
Spotify may have a separate app for kids, but it's far from the only music streaming service to be thinking about how children and their families listen. Apple Music, for example, said yesterday that its 'Kids and Family'...
August 27, 2020
10 talking points around kids, music and technology in 2020
Last month, Music Ally took part in the BPI and ERA's New Kids on the Block online event, looking at children's digital habits and what they mean for music. Research company Kids Insights produced a report for the event...
August 11, 2020
Sandbox Issue 258: KIDS’ STUFF. Music’s youngest and most powerful consumers
Lead: we report back on our recent New Kids On The Block: Insight Into A New Generation online conference that we ran in conjunction with UK trade bodies the BPI and ERA, drawing out the 10 key lessons from the different...
August 5, 2020
Roblox now has more than 150m monthly active users
Last week, Music Ally interviewed the global head of music for gaming platform Roblox, as he declared that the company was "open for business" to work with artists and labels. Now we've got some new figures to show what...
July 29, 2020
Roblox head of music tells labels and artists: ‘We’re open for business!’
"Who in the room knows Roblox?" asked WMG's chief innovation officer for recorded music Scott Cohen at the NY:LON Connect conference in January. Only a few people put their hands up in response. "It’s a gaming platform...
July 23, 2020
Sony Music UK’s latest signing: toy-shop character Oscar
Sony Music UK launched its children's label Magic Star last year, and has since been steadily building a roster of music for kids, not to mention an Alexa skill to get them to wash their hands properly. Its latest signing...
July 17, 2020
Marshmello’s latest venture is… raved-up nursery rhymes!
Millions of children already know who Marshmello is, thanks to the dance star's concert in Fortnite in February 2019, which drew a crowd of 10.7 million people. Now he's setting his sights even younger with the launch...
July 13, 2020
Report: half of US 9-12 year-olds play Roblox every week
People in the music business (us included) bang on about Fortnite a lot, but we think Roblox is another gaming platform that should be less under the radar for our industry. A new report by children's media research firm...
July 9, 2020
After India ban, TikTok could face further sanctions in US
TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have been hit by a ban in India as part of a wider crackdown on apps of Chinese origin. But there may be trouble brewing for the companies in the US, too, due both to the political...
July 8, 2020
BPI and ERA to host insights session on children and music
News that British industry bodies the BPI and ERA are hosting a ‘New Kids On The Block’ livestreamed event later this month may raise eyebrows, but sorry, it’s not the famous man-band. ‘New Kids on...
July 3, 2020
New study breaks down kids’ YouTube and TikTok habits
Sit down for this shocker: children spend quite a lot of time on YouTube and TikTok! Who knew? Next thing, someone will be telling us that they quite like Fortnite too. But no snark: a company called Qustodio, whose product...
June 5, 2020
Andy and the Odd Socks launch new album with kids’ parties
Andy Day is a popular children's TV presenter in the UK on TV channel CBeebies, but he's also been building a music career as the frontman of Andy and the Odd Socks. The band's new album comes out today (22 May) through...
May 22, 2020