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
Music Ally Startup Files: Fanaply’s limited-edition digital collectibles
In November 2019, WMG's head of innovation, recorded music, Scott Cohen told Music Ally that he was interested in the ways that blockchain technology could create new value for the industry. One example: digitally-scarce...
May 5, 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
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
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
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
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