Stormzy launches The Stormzy Scholarship to fund black students through Cambridge University
It’s not digital but it’s the very definition of A Very Good Thing Indeed and so worthy of coverage. Grime superstar Stormzy has set up The Stormzy Scholarship to provide funding for four black students from underprivileged...
August 17, 2018
MelodyVR signs deal with Alexandra Palace to record shows and offer virtual tickets
Having already signed deals with labels, UK-based VR company MelodyVR is now signing partnerships with venues. It has just announced an exclusive deal with Alexandra Palace Trading Ltd (APTL) to record shows at Alexandra...
August 15, 2018
Kook-ing on high: band tie marketing campaign to UK heatwave
Ahead of the release of their fifth album, Let’s Go Sunshine, at the end of August, The Kooks have used the unprecedented run of hot weather in the UK as the hook (the Kook hook?) for the marketing of it. They have set...
August 15, 2018
Mintel offers insight into digital’s impact on British live music fans
Mintel has published its Music Concerts & Festivals report for 2018 and it’s a hefty look into the key drivers around the live business in the UK as well as consumer insights (especially around price and experience)...
August 13, 2018
Amazon Prime Music may have overtaken Apple Music in UK
It’s been clear for some time that in terms of music subscribers, Amazon is now the third player globally behind Spotify and Apple Music. Could it have vaulted Apple Music into second place in the UK however? That’s...
August 6, 2018
YouGov study claims fewer Brits are pirating music
Market-research firm YouGov has put out some new figures on online piracy in the UK, claiming that there is good news for the music industry. “The number of Britons that are illegally downloading music is decreasing…...
August 3, 2018
UK MPs weigh in over ‘platform or publisher?’ debate
The UK’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published an interim report exploring the threats to democracy posed by ‘fake news’ and hyper-targeted advertising designed to swing election...
July 30, 2018
Sales up 90% in the UK this year so far… for music cassettes
From big numbers with Spotify and Live Nation to… smaller numbers with a familiar old music-format: the cassette. The UK’s Official Charts Company has revealed that sales of music cassettes more than doubled in 2017,...
July 27, 2018
Startup Instrumental signs deal with Official Charts Company
British startup Instrumental has been winning plaudits for its data-focused A&R platform in recent months, with a $4m funding round, a feature from the Financial Times, and new clients across the industry. Now it has...
July 26, 2018
ERA, BPI and BBC team up for UK’s National Album Day in October
‘Is the album dead?’ has been a tiresome hot-take that keeps getting reheated by thinkpiece-writers since the heyday of Apple’s iTunes Store. The current streaming dynamics are only making it pop up more often. British...
July 25, 2018
Music-streaming services now 8% of audio listening in the UK
British communications regulator Ofcom has published a new report, Media Nations, which is making headlines with its claim that TV-streaming services have now overtaken traditional pay-television in the UK. However, the...
July 18, 2018
UK trade mission will take independent music firms to India
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is teaming up with British industry body the BPI for a new trade mission to India, focusing on independent music companies who want to do more business there. The mission...
July 12, 2018