Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition...
October 17, 2018
Sony builds education-focused DRM system on the blockchain
In 2018, if you’re not on the blockchain, do you even exist? Sony is firmly planting its flag in that ledger-based soil with the announcement that it is building a digital rights management system on the blockchain that...
October 16, 2018
Sony and Marshall reveal their new smart speakers
Smart speakers are no longer just about Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod. Partly because Chinese manufacturers are now fully at the party, but also because other kinds of audio-hardware firms are rolling out their...
August 31, 2018
MMF praises Sony over its Spotify equity split plans
Last week you will have read about Sony’s plans to split its windfall from its sale of part of its Spotify stock and how the company was keen to be seen to be doing the right thing as regards the artists on its books. The...
June 19, 2018
Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal
When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this...
May 23, 2018
Violinist Joshua Bell gets a PlayStation VR experience
Sony is starting to make the synergies between its music and tech/gaming arms count, launching a new virtual-reality app for the PlayStation VR headset based on classical musician Joshua Bell. The Sony-signed artist was filmed...
February 15, 2017
The 40 best music marketing campaigns from 2016
It’s finally here – Sandbox’s pick of the best music marketing campaigns of the year. Last year, we had 29 shortlisted campaigns. This year, due to an overwhelming number of entries, we felt we had to increase this....
December 19, 2016
Music Ally Report 398 – Tube Exit
Lead: Music Ally has heard that at least one major label is threatening to pull its content from YouTube before Christmas. This could prove to be a negotiating strategy/last resort, but what would happen if they actually...
November 23, 2016
Sony/ATV riding high in US publishers rankings
Sony/ATV has extended its lead in the US music-publishing market, with a 27.9% market share in the third quarter of this year, up from 26.6% in Q2. That means Sony/ATV is holding off the challenge of second-placed Warner/Chappell,...
October 31, 2016
Stringer to step up at Sony and Sony/ATV promotes Monaco
Sony Music has announced that its CEO Doug Morris will be stepping back to a chairman role in April 2017, to be replaced by current Columbia Records chairman and CEO Rob Stringer. Morris will be taking an advisory role, rather...
October 19, 2016
Twitter bot LnH AI is composing songs on demand
We’re following the progress of AI music-composition startups like Jukedeck and Melodrive with interest, not to mention Sony’s recently-revealed AI-music experiments. Now there’s another player in the area: LnH. It’s...
October 12, 2016
Sony completes deal for Michael Jackson’s share of Sony/ATV
Sony finally has full control of publisher Sony/ATV, having completed the deal to buy the stake owned by the Michael Jaskcon estate. Announced earlier this year, the acquisition took its time to happen due to regulatory interest...
October 3, 2016