Report claims label-free artists made $643m in 2018
The IFPI is due to publish its Global Music Report for 2018 next month, but as usual, consultancy firm Midia Research is getting in early with its own estimates – although perhaps in an effort to avoid any tensions with...
March 14, 2019
Spotify sees label-relations and editorial teams working closer
Spotify wants its editorial and artist and label-relations teams to work “more in alignment” in the future, at least in the Nordic territories: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. That’s according to Johan...
March 8, 2019
UnitedMasters on label rivalry: ‘Everybody’s fighting against it’
A story on Billboard about 16 year-old artist NLE Choppa offers evidence that startup UnitedMasters is keen to shout about its status as a potential rival to labels. After more than 10m YouTube views for his track ‘Shotta...
February 18, 2019
Humble Angel Records launches specialist dance imprint
It’s a year since former Playlists.net and Warner Music executive Kieron Donoghue launched his startup Humble Angel Records – a streaming-focused label. Now he’s launching a new offshoot, Humble Angel Dance, which will...
January 25, 2019
Sample libraries and virtual-instruments firm Spitfire Audio launches a label
British company Spitfire Audio has built a business around sample libraries and virtual instruments for artists and producers to use when making music. Now the company is branching out with the creation of its own label,...
January 17, 2019
RIAA-backed report explores labels’ changing role in music
We’ll be blunt: anyone who tells you that labels are dead is talking out of their trumpet. But anyone who tells you that an artist can’t succeed without a label is just as big a fibber. The truth of the matter is that...
January 11, 2019
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