Can ‘fantasy record label’ games become big hits with fans?
In August 2018, we published an article questioning what ‘social music’ is in the streaming age, which included a (slightly depressing, in hindsight) rundown of past failures at wedding social features and music. Among...
January 17, 2020
The evolution of labels: ‘What’s your value proposition?’
“Labels who call themselves labels? That’s like dinosaur shit to me! It’s what’s your value proposition? What’s my value proposition? Can one plus one equal 10? As long as I can say to somebody that you and I together...
January 17, 2020
Label Dirty Hit signs global distro deal with Ingrooves
British label Dirty Hit has made its name with The 1975 and Wolf Alice (not to mention Beabadoobee, one of the hot tips for 2020 in numerous year-end lists). Now the independent company has signed an exclusive, global distribution...
December 12, 2019
Major labels heading towards $1m-an-hour of streaming revenues
We’re hardly sticking our necks out when we predict that 2019 will be the fifth consecutive year of growth for global recorded-music revenues, even if the IFPI stats showing it won’t be published until mid-2020. Figures...
December 11, 2019
Universal Music Group launches RedRecords with AirAsia
Richard Branson might have launched Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines but they were two very distinct entities. Now the two worlds are now colliding as Universal Music Group is partnering with Malaysian airline AirAsia to...
December 9, 2019
Labels AND TuneIn can appeal UK High Court’s copyright decision
In early November, the UK’s High Court delivered a ruling in a copyright lawsuit involving major labels and radio-aggregator TuneIn which saw both sides claim victory. As we reported at the time, on one issue in the lawsuit...
December 6, 2019
Universal Music India’s VRYL project launches ‘Intezaar’ vide
Last week, Music Ally published a feature about the challenge that ‘non-film’ music is providing for Bollywood music in India – you can read it here if you missed it at the time. One of the projects exploring the...
November 11, 2019
Label Godmode’s Bounce app tracks music collaborations
Los Angeles-based label and artist-development firm Godmode has launched a new app called Bounce. It’s not aimed at music fans, but rather at artists: a workflow tool when they’re recording. “Bounce is for musicians,...
October 29, 2019
Liz Longley smashes Kickstarter total to buy album back from label
When crowdfunding platform Kickstarter first started making waves in the music industry in the early 2010s, the pitch from artists was often ‘help me to make my new album independently’. In 2019, in the case of...
October 23, 2019
Transgressive Records at 15: ‘Sometimes great things take time…’
On paper, 2004 was one of the worst years in living memory to set up a record label. The decade-and-a-half decline in recorded-music revenues was well underway, with CD sales falling off a cliff. And the main lifeline in...
October 4, 2019
Concord acquires Victory Records and Another Victory Publishing
Music firm Concord has announced its latest acquisition: Chicago-based independent label Victory Records, including the catalogue of its sister company Another Victory Publishing. The deal was for an undisclosed amount, although Billboard’s...
October 1, 2019
Japanese label Avex strikes deal with Migu Music in China
China’s burgeoning music-streaming market is being eyed up by music companies around the world, including Japan. Label Avex has signed a new partnership with one of the Chinese streaming services – but not one you might...
September 4, 2019