Nordic collecting societies launch Polaris Hub with Facebook deal
Collecting societies getting together to form licensing and processing ‘hubs’ is a familiar trend. In Europe, there’s already ICE (set up by PRS for Music, GEMA and STIM) and Armonia Online (originally...
October 22, 2019
Tidal adds social features (oh, and threatens to sue Norway)
Tidal is the latest music-streaming service to hop onto the ‘stories’ social-media bandwagon. Its mobile app can now share music (tracks, albums, artists and playlists) to Instagram and Facebook stories, while videos...
August 21, 2019
Capital in Music to explore finance for local music rights
The co-founder of Norwegian music firm Arctic Rights Management has announced plans for a new project called Capital in Music. Erik Brataas will be taking a six-month leave from his position at Arctic Rights to lead the initiative....
June 27, 2019
Country Profile – Norway 2019
The Norwegian recorded music industry has settled into the contented groove of a mature digital market with price rises for some streaming services having little impact on revenue or subscriber numbers
June 6, 2019
Arctic Rights Management hits 2.5bn streams milestone
Since it was founded in 2018, Norwegian music firm Arctic Rights Management has built a roster of 30 songwriters and artists, while also representing various publishing catalogues. The company has just announced a milestone:...
May 21, 2019
Spotify publishes diversity stats for Norwegian popular music
As part of the by:Larm festival last week, Spotify published some stats on the gender diversity of the 50 most-streamed songs in Norway last year. Spoiler: the stats were pretty discouraging. “Of 203 songwriters behind...
March 4, 2019
Country Profile – Norway 2018
Norway is a booming market where a concerted effort is under way to keep its most promising artists within local hands. Total sales of recorded music in Norway were up 3.7% year-on-year in 2017, its third annual rise
April 19, 2018
Report 407: Block ‘n’ roll
Lead: Blockchain is simultaneously one of the most hyped and most misunderstood technologies currently around the music industry. Some evangelists have suggested it will fix every problem in the digital-music ecosystem while...
July 31, 2017
IFPI Norway head: “YouTube is not doing anything wrong: the legislation is wrong.”
Music Ally’s second conference session at the by:Larm festival this morning saw IFPI Norway boss Marte Thorsby joined by ReedSmith partner Gregor Pryor and PIAS director of streaming strategy Justin Barker. In a panel...
March 2, 2017
Music Ally at by:Larm 2017 – check out our sessions
Last week, the Music Ally team was in Amsterdam for the FastForward conference. This week, we’re packing our bags for Oslo for the by:Larm festival and conference. What’s more, we’re running a series of sessions...
February 28, 2017
JoinMyPlaylist gives playlists a social-listening spin
Remember Soundrop? The Norwegian startup was one of the first to explore making streaming playlists more social, turning them into ‘listening rooms’ for fans to gather in. Its service was eventually shut down as the company...
December 7, 2016