Amazon Music adds merchandise features to its mobile app
Amazon Music’s app is steadily adding more features beyond basic audio streaming. Having integrated livestreams last year, now the app is getting merchandise features. As of this week, artists who are taking part will...
March 11, 2021
UMG’s Bravado inks merch deal with Alibaba’s Tmall platform
2020 has been a really interesting year for Universal Music Group's various arms in China. From local signings like Linong Chen and Sunnee to a joint label with Tencent Music, via gaming songwriting camps and the small...
October 28, 2020
Billie Eilish merch store will be integrated into livestream
We reported earlier this month on plans for Billie Eilish's first livestream, the $30 'Where Do We Go? The Livestream' concert on 24 October. Startup Maestro is the technical partner, and it's been talking about a new...
October 20, 2020
Marvel goes K-Pop with SM Entertainment / SuperM collab
Korean music company SM Entertainment has announced a partnership with Marvel Entertainment, with K-Pop group SuperM first to benefit – just in time for the release last Friday of their debut album 'Super One'. There's...
September 28, 2020
Muse create limited edition virtual merch with Cryptokitties
Rock behemoths Muse have created two crypto-collectibles – characters called Marty and Mibbles taken from recent album ‘Simulation Theory’ – which are digitally-scarce collectibles that fans can buy and...
September 4, 2020
The latest BTS product is a Korean language-learning kit
In March, BTS launched a new video series online called 'Learn Korean with BTS' – 30 three-minute lessons teaching their global fanbase how to speak the band's native language. Now this has evolved into a physical...
August 26, 2020
Fans can get artist Alice Chater’s outfits… in Animal Crossing
We’ve mentioned the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons several times in this bulletin recently, mainly because it’s one of the chosen stress-busters for several members of the Music Ally team. But it’s...
May 29, 2020
OMG! OMD sell £75k in merchandise from their virtual gig
We’re fairly sure Travis Scott made a killing from virtual items around his recent Fortnite concert, although a figure hasn’t yet been announced. One artist that is announcing some numbers from an online performance,...
May 13, 2020
Today’s positive music industry-related coronavirus news (27 April)
The UK’s Music Venue Trust (MVT) is launching a campaign called #saveourvenues, which aims to drum up support for 556 ‘grassroots music venues’ that it says are in danger of permanent closure in the UK....
April 27, 2020
Sandbox Issue 247: All Triller, No Filler: Music’s next big launchpad?
Lead: Triller is not a TikTok killer – but it is certainly proving to be a hearty contender. At the moment, it is strongest in the US and it skews heavily towards hip-hop as its in-built soundtrack. Its ambitions are, however,...
March 5, 2020
Zoë Keating explains why she doesn’t sell merch or use YouTube
Zoë Keating is an artist who’s taken a leading role in talking about new technologies (blockchain, for example) as well as streaming royalties transparency. Her latest interview is with Emily White, author of the new...
March 2, 2020