Sandbox Issue 215: ‘Boxing Clever. Sandbox Summit Special Issue
In a break with tradition, this issue of Sandbox is a wrap up of our recent Sandbox Summit in London. Inside, we have reports from every panel, every keynote and every presentation – going into detail on what was covered...
November 5, 2018
IFPI head talks EU Copyright Directive, China, Africa and if labels are still necessary (spoiler: she thinks they are)
IFPI CEO Frances Moore has been in the job for eight years now and spoke to Billboard about the organisation’s biggest concerns (yes, the “value gap”/EU Copyright Directive is high among them) and where the next waves...
October 15, 2018
Sony Music relaunches Arista Records with David Massey
One of the most famous names in the label world is getting a reinvention, as Sony Music relaunches Arista Records. The company has also nabbed former Island Records boss David Massey to lead the revived label, reporting directly...
July 10, 2018
Coldcut on 30 years of innovation: ‘We are finally growing up’
30 years ago, Matt Black and Jon More met on the mixtape and rare-groove scenes in London and formed Coldcut as a rolling music, technology, art and politics project. They had enormous hits in 1988 with ‘Doctorin' the...
November 9, 2017
Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels
Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service, with a quota-based system applying to global and local playlists. The move comes after...
October 17, 2017
Spotify to launch ‘playlist feedback’ system for labels this year
This week’s big story about Spotify playlists has been the series of revelations about the actually-not-so-fake-really artists on the streaming service whose tracks were being prominently featured on some popular mood playlists. Some...
July 14, 2017
Breaking a band in 2017: ‘1m streams on Spotify is not enough’
Breaking new artists is the lifeblood of labels, and independent labels are often the wildcatters of the industry, uncovering cutting-edge genres and artists and being the first to bring them to a wider audience. A panel...
February 2, 2017
Internationalising Indies: advice for labels going global
According to indie licensing agency Merlin, 40% of its member labels now make more money outside their home territory than inside it, compared to 16% in the industry’s purely-physical days. At the recent NY:LON Connect...
February 1, 2017
Why Chance the Rapper doesn’t mean the death of labels (guest column)
This guest column comes from Bruno Guez, CEO and founder of Revelator: In May of 2015, Chance the Rapper set the music industry on fire with a simple tweet that showed download numbers for the album Surf from The Social...
January 10, 2017
Labels are ‘investing in music’… but so are streaming services
The IFPI has released its latest ‘Investing in Music’ report, which as in previous years quantifies the A&R and marketing investment made by major and independent labels. As before, its goal is partly to fend off the...
December 1, 2016
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...
September 5, 2016