Music Merchandising Moves On
A T-shirt or a flimsy tour programme was the bulk of merchandise in the “old days” – mass-produced items to shift quickly when an act was on tour. Fortunately, things have changed dramatically in recent years – with...
November 28, 2019
Sandbox Issue 241: Music Merchandising Moves On
Lead: Billboard has just announced new chart rules around merchandise and album bundles in the US (effective from January 2020), seeking to close some of the loopholes that have been exploited here in recent years. This could...
November 28, 2019
Billboard reveals new chart rules for album/merch bundles
As part of a chart battle last year in the US between Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj, all hell broke loose. The latter used her Queen Radio show on Beats 1 to attack the former for using merchandise bundles to drive his album...
November 27, 2019
Radiohead and Taylor Swift launch three-day flash-merch sales
Radiohead and Taylor Swift offered the latest examples of flash-merchandise sales this weekend, with three-day promotions of strictly-limited-edition items. Radiohead’s ‘The Lamentations of the Minotaur’ garments range...
November 11, 2019
Tegan and Sara ask Warner Records to shut down merch store
Duo Tegan and Sara aren’t happy with their merchandising operation. In fact, they’ve asked label Warner Records to shut it down, and will soon be launching their own D2C store. “Today we’ve asked Warner...
November 8, 2019
LyricFind inks eBay deal for its lyrics-based merchandise
Lyrics-licensing company LyricFind announced its LyricMerch product back in November 2017: a site where people could order physical merchandise emblazoned with lyrics from its catalogue – with publishers (and thus songwriters)...
November 7, 2019
YouTube launches Merchbar partnership for artist merchandise
YouTube is rolling out another feature for musicians with ‘Official Artist Channels’ on its platform. The company has signed a deal with Merchbar which will see artists able to “surface their official merchandise...
October 16, 2019
Sony Music UK buys merchandise firm Kontraband
Major labels buying merchandise companies is an established trend now, from Universal Music’s Bravado division acquiring rival Epic Rights in January, and Warner Music paying $180m for German merch firm EMP in October 2018....
September 5, 2019
New music revenues in India, from sync to digital merch
On the first day of the All About Music conference in Mumbai, IMI boss Blaise Fernandes cited an “underexploited” public performance market as one of the drivers of growth that will help steer India in its quest to become...
August 30, 2019
While She Sleeps launch t-shirt based on Spotify royalties
British rock band While She Sleeps aren’t just a dab hand at this metalcore business: they also have a new sideline as open-source merchandise activists. The band have created a new t-shirt design displaying this message:...
August 8, 2019
Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up
Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
July 25, 2019
Spotify launches exclusive black-history merchandise line
Spotify is launching a line of merchandise around its Black History is Happening Now initiative. “Rooted in modern music merch culture, the line is made up of a hoodie, jogger, pin, messenger bag, and several t-shirts,” explained...
February 21, 2019