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
UnitedMasters CEO: ‘Artists have been getting robbed…’
As a company trying to persuade emerging artists that they don’t need a label, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see UnitedMasters’ execs taking potshots at the traditional label system. The latest, from CEO Steve...
August 2, 2019
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