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YouTube money calculator suggests merchandise is the key

Calculating earnings from YouTube video views is, as ever, a real piece-of-string affair. Much depends on the length of the videos and the nature of the ads run against them, for example: there’s no one ‘royalty rate’...
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Sandbox Issue 204: INSTAGRA-Merch

Lead: Instagram has over 800m monthly active users and is the preferred social platform for most artists – mainly because Twitter is becoming an ideological cesspit and organic reach (not to mention privacy) on Facebook...
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Prince estate gets Bravado deal, but Tidal dispute rumbles on

Universal Music Group has secured its second deal with the Prince estate in a matter of months. In November, Universal Music Publishing Group was revealed as the global administrator of the late star’s publishing catalogue,...
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Opus Play unlocks digital content when fans buy merch

The Opus Play app launched quietly for iOS earlier this year, and offers an interesting spin on persuading fans to buy physical merchandise for artists they like. “Merchandise that is Opus-enabled comes with a unique...
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Spotify replaces BandPage with Merchbar for merch sales

When YouTube bought BandPage earlier this year, we wondered what it would mean for the latter’s partnership with Spotify to help artists sell merchandise to their listeners. Curtains, is what it meant: Spotify and BandPage’s...
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BandPage now driving 1m music fans a month to artist stores

D2C firm BandPage has announced its latest milestone: it says it is sending more than 1m fans a month to musicians’ own stores via its partnerships with Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Vevo and other music services. The company...
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BandPage says Rhapsody push notifications pay off for artists

Earlier this year, BandPage and Rhapsody deepened their partnership to include push notifications to fans about their favourite artists’ latest special offers, based on their streaming habits. Now BandPage has published...
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Bandcamp hits $100m direct-to-fan sales milestone

Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has announced its latest milestone: $100m paid by fans to artists for music and merchandise through its site. “Fans give artists $3.5 million every month on the site, and buy more than 16,000...
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Sidestep is an app for browsing and buying concert merchandise

We've seen a growing number of apps to help music fans buy tickets, but not so many for merchandise. Sidestep is a new one that grabbed our attention though, after it launched this week for iOS and Android. The pitch to...
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EMI buys UK merch firm

EMI has announced that it's buying Loudclothing.com, a UK-based seller of band t-shirts and other merchandise.
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Island launches Island 50 Wiki website to celebrate anniversary

Island Records has launched a new website celebrating its 50th birthday, focusing on 50 classic albums from its back catalogue.
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Ministry of Sound takes legal action over Trinity Street collapse

MoS holding company MSHK is taking legal action following the collapse of digital music firm Trinity Street, which ran its online store.