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Sandbox issue 232: Music Marketing in Trigger Cities

Lead: This issue we have a special extended feature looking into the phenomenon of Trigger Cities. These are places outside of the obvious music markets that are now – due to streaming and how algorithms are fed – playing...
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Bandcamp launches vinyl-pressing service for artists and labels

Bandcamp has launched a new vinyl-pressing service for independent artists and labels using its platform. Well, we say ‘launched’ – its official debut is later this year, but it was announced yesterday along with four...
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Vinyl startup Qrates adds ‘storage and shipping’ in US and UK

Qrates first came to our attention as a service for artists and labels to take the risks out of vinyl runs: essentially by crowdfunding releases that would be produced on-demand. Now it’s expanding its capabilities with...
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Vinyl in 2019: ‘We’re coming back to the joy, the addiction…’

The vinyl revival continues, and is still warmly welcomed by artists, labels and record stores alike. A panel at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam last week explored some of the trends around the format. The panel...
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Superfans account for 72% of UK vinyl market says ERA

The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has put out some data on the importance of ‘superfans’. By its definition, those are people who spend more than £400 a year on their favourite entertainment format,...
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Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s launches its own vinyl label

One of the strangest aspects of the vinyl revival in the UK has been the sighting of LPs and turntables on sale in the biggest supermarket chains – previously the bastion of narrow top-40 and compilation CD sales. Now...
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First projects from Kickstarter ‘Make Vinyl’ initiative go live

When we interviewed Kickstarter head of music Molly Neuman last September, she made it clear that partnerships were high on her agenda. One of the first was with vinyl-crowdfunding startup Qrates for an initiative called...
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Breaking metal bands in 2017: Spotify, social media, vinyl and more

“Kids know their shit. You could talk to a 17 year-old who has looked at their music through Spotify, and they will know more about Carcass than I fucking do! Because they just absorb all this music, all the time.” Merlin...
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Vinyl albums outgrossed download albums in UK last week

There is some sketchy reporting around some figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association yesterday: we’ve seen claims that vinyl is now outselling music downloads in the UK, which is incorrect. Go...
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Vinyl-only labels find their place in the streaming era

Streaming may be mainstream, but there’s some fun stuff happening at the margins of the recorded-music industry with vinyl-only labels too.
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BPI returns to vinyl / YouTube comparison for 2015

Comparing vinyl sales with online-video revenues has become one of the sticks the music industry is using to beat YouTube with. The BPI was first to make the comparison in November 2015 with chief executive Geoff Taylor’s...
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UK research claims streaming drives vinyl sales

Last week, the BPI hailed the latest surge in sales of vinyl albums in the UK. Now research firm ICM Unlimited has claimed that music-streaming services are playing an important role in that trend. In the company’s latest...