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
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’...
October 1, 2018
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...
May 21, 2018
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,...
January 11, 2017
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...
August 25, 2016
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...
June 23, 2016
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...
September 11, 2015
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...
August 21, 2015