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Sandbox Issue 253: Music Marketing in Lockdown

Lead: We are now several weeks into lockdown and have moved far, far beyond just “doing a livestream”. There was some wavering at the start as to whether albums should be delayed by several weeks or brought forward, but...
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James Arthur gets Super Mario-style Instagram stories game

Earlier this month, we wrote about a marketing campaign for Ministry of Sound that made inventive use of Instagram Stories to create a motorbike-racing game – with fans tapping to avoid obstacles and ravines (i.e. to move...
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Record Labels explain what they want from music/tech startups

Whether major or independent, music labels are keen to talk to any startup who can help them find new ways to deliver music, build audiences for their artists, and make their businesses as efficient as possible. For the...
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Andy and the Odd Socks launch new album with kids’ parties

Andy Day is a popular children's TV presenter in the UK on TV channel CBeebies, but he's also been building a music career as the frontman of Andy and the Odd Socks. The band's new album comes out today (22 May) through...
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Sony warns of Covid-19 hit from delayed music releases

Sony Music had an impressive first quarter of 2020, with its recorded music revenues growing by 13.5% year-on-year to $1.07bn, fuelled by a 27.4% rise in streaming revenues to $641.7m according to MBW. However, Sony Music’s...
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Blank-et coverage: Sony launches album-art colouring site

Adult colouring books are a significant part of the book publishing world, with plenty of apps offering this too – usually in the name of mindfulness. Now Sony Music UK is getting in on the colouring action with a new site...
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Sony Music invests in distributor and artist-tools startup Tully

We haven’t written about Tully before, but it’s an example of two music/tech startup trends: it combines distribution with other tools and services for artists; and it was founded by a musician – in this...
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Today’s positive coronavirus-related music industry news (3 April)

Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
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Sony Music and The Orchard held a machine-learning hackathon

Sony Music, The Orchard and Amazon Web Services held a machine-learning focused hackathon last week. Music Ally couldn't make the event, so we asked if Sony could give us some information about the winning hacks. The label...
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Sony Music revenues grew to $4bn in 2019, fuelled by streaming

Sony Music’s recorded music business saw its revenues grow by 11.4% year-on-year to $1.16bn in the final quarter of 2019, according to the latest financial results for its parent company. That included a 20.6% increase...
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Sony Music launches podcast partnership with Somethin’ Else

Sony Music’s thirst for podcast partnerships shows no signs of being quenched. This morning, the major label has announced its latest such alliance, with veteran UK-based radio and podcasts production company Somethin’...
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The most lucrative mobile game of 2019 is part of Sony Music

Earlier this month, a report by app-analytics firm App Annie offered its estimates for (among other things) the most lucrative mobile games of 2019, based on consumer spending. Top of the list was a game called Fate/Grand...