TV mogul Haim Saban launches new Latin label… with $500m budget
It’s a little unfair reducing Haim Saban to ‘TV mogul’ just for the purposes of a short headline: the 74 year-old’s career has also included stints as a musician, music promoter and soundtrack composer (true fact:...
July 18, 2019
The latest new music label is… Build-A-Bear Records?
We don’t get to report on stuffed-animal announcements very often in Music Ally’s bulletin, but today we bring you news that retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop is launching its own record label. Build-A-Bear Records is the...
July 10, 2019
Labels criticised for data-overreach with Spotify pre-saves
There’s a privacy controversy a-brewing around ‘pre-saves’ of albums on Spotify, although what some journalists writing about the story are missing is that pre-saves isn’t actually a native feature for Spotify. That’s...
June 28, 2019
Why a streaming-led boost in labels’ fortunes is not good news for everyone
Pitchfork has a lengthy feature on the revival of record companies’ fortunes in recent years and asks where the new influx of cash will actually go. “It looked like the digital revolution really did turn the music business...
May 31, 2019
Sandbox Issue 229: Partnerships. How labels are sharing marketing
Lead: Collaborations have long been a staple in the music industry, but something different is happening today as social media and analytics become key parts of marketing campaigns. In the “old days”, labels would trade...
May 29, 2019
Label Rehegoo Music Group launches background-music service
Record label Rehegoo Music is the latest company setting its sights on the background-music sector: providing curated music for businesses to play in their offices and public spaces. The label is offering a library of thousands...
May 22, 2019
Report: Bytedance has Indian label deals for new music service
New details have emerged on TikTok’s parent company Bytedance’s plans to launch its own music-streaming service. Bloomberg reports that the new service will launch this autumn “in a handful of territories, mostly...
May 21, 2019
Australian labels win blocks against stream-ripping websites
Given the growth in paid streaming, few people in the music industry are genuinely running around panicking about the existence of ‘stream-ripping’ websites. That said, industry bodies and anti-piracy execs within rightsholders...
May 17, 2019
Record label 777 Music launches its own esports offshoot
The latest label exploring the crossover between music and esports is 777 Music, which has launched its own esports division. The company says it’s keen to explore the potential for genres beyond electronic-music to reap...
May 9, 2019
RAC and Goldroom launch a blockchain record label
Dance artists RAC and Goldroom (aka André Anjos and Josh Legg) have launched a new label called Minerva Music. Its twist: it has put blockchain technology at the centre of its distribution strategy. The company is working...
May 2, 2019
NetEase Cloud Music inks deal with Japanese label Nippon Columbia
China is a hugely-appealing market for Japanese labels seeking international growth for their artists. Here’s a new example of the kind of partnerships that are being struck to achieve this: streaming service NetEase Cloud...
April 23, 2019
Labels see Amazon Music free tier as ‘very exciting development’
Amazon’s new free music-streaming tier could launch as early as today in the US and a few other key markets, according to the latest report on the company’s plans. Billboard broke the original news about a new Amazon...
April 17, 2019