One Direction get an augmented reality 1D Official Book app
A reminder, if you need it, that this week sees the release of One Direction: Who We Are – the official autobiography of the band published by HarperCollins. And since this is 2014, there’s an app for that. The publisher...
September 27, 2014
IFPI pushing for Friday as music’s global new-release street date
Rebecca Black would certainly approve: Friday appears to be in pole position as the global street date for new music releases. At least, this is what industry body the IFPI is pushing for, despite opposition massing from...
September 17, 2014
SiriusXM creates Barbara Streisand channel
US satellite broadcaster SiriusXM is creating a dedicated (but “limited-run”) Barbara Streisand channel in the lead up to the release of her new album on 16th September. It will broadcast from this Friday (12th September)...
September 12, 2014
Porter Robinson hosts album launch on Twitch
We’ve been writing more about Twitch recently, the online video service that’s mainly about live streams of people playing games and related events, but which is diversifying into music. EDM star Steve Aoki streamed...
August 19, 2014
YouTube launches online video guide for dance sector
YouTube has published guides for content creators for a number of years to help them get the most out of the online video service. Its latest guide, however, is aimed squarely at the dance sector and made available via the...
August 7, 2014
BPI Yearbook 2014 out now
The new BPI Yearbook has been published and includes all the key recorded music stats from the UK in 2013. It marks a decade of digital in the UK and looks at how digital income has transformed the industry to the point where...
July 31, 2014
YouTube gives creators a glimpse at new features on the way
YouTube continues to work on new features for its individual creators. The company published a video on its YouTube Creators channel yesterday called YouTube Creator Preview promising to “give you more transparency...
July 30, 2014
Sam Smith’s US Spotify holdout wasn’t enough to beat Lana Del Rey
Billboard has a good piece today on the US launch campaign for Sam Smith’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’, and specifically the question of whether its Spotify holdout – it’s not been available to stream on the...
July 22, 2014
Five classic Paul McCartney albums re-released as iPad apps
Label Concord Music Group has been busy recently: it’s just re-released five albums from the Paul McCartney archives as iPad apps. Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America launched on Apple’s...
July 17, 2014
Kim Dotcom’s Baboom aiming to raise AU$4.5m from investor
Who would invest in Kim Dotcom? Well, the internet mogul might not be the ideal candidate for VC funding given his ongoing extradition issues, but he’s hoping to raise AU$4.5m ($4.2m) from investors as part of an Australian...
July 15, 2014
Lewis Watson gets his own Instagram album sampler
We were reading the other day about an inventive use for Instagram by retailer Ikea, which has created a ‘catalogue website’ using tagging and cross-linking for individual products. We wondered if this kind of...
July 8, 2014
Foursquare splits in two, with new app Swarm handling its social aspects
Things have been quiet recently at social location app Foursquare, but now we know why: the company is launching a second app called Swarm, and splitting its functionality in two. Swarm will focus on the social aspects of...
July 4, 2014