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
Metal streaming service Gimme Radio launches new iOS app
We’ve been wondering about the potential for single-genre streaming services for a while now, with classical (through companies like Primephonic and Grammofy – one of the first areas to explore the idea. Now it’s...
November 3, 2017
Crossfaith invites fans to unlock new track… by headbanging
Japanese metal band Crossfaith are encouraging fans to headbang in their own homes with a marketing campaign for their new EP ‘Freedom’. Launched by label Sony Music and agency Ogilvy & Mather, the campaign gets fans...
October 25, 2017
Breaking metal bands in 2017: Spotify, social media, vinyl and more
“Kids know their shit. You could talk to a 17 year-old who has looked at their music through Spotify, and they will know more about Carcass than I fucking do! Because they just absorb all this music, all the time.” Merlin...
March 6, 2017
Sony Music buys metal label Century Media Records
After rumours in recent days, Sony Music has confirmed that it’s buying German metal label Century Media Records, in a deal reportedly worth $20m. The label’s owner Robert Kampf will remain in place as CEO of Century,...
August 27, 2015
Metal label Century Media pulls its artists out of Spotify (sort of)
It's been a while since the last hoo-ha around Spotify and artist payouts, but metal label Century Media is reigniting the row, announcing that it is pulling its catalogue from the streaming music service. "Spotify in its...
August 10, 2011