US recorded music revenues grew 27% year-on-year in first half of 2021
Yes, you read that right: we haven’t missed out a decimal point from a modest 2.7% growth in US recorded music revenues. The year-on-year growth is 27% according to industry body the RIAA, which published its mid-year...
September 13, 2021
Music Ally Report:: Q3 2020 Edition
Our main feature focuses on TikTok’s eventful 2020 so far, from the deepening of its relationship with artists and the music industry to its tangles with the Trump administration, along with the rise of the short video...
October 26, 2020
Vinyl sales ‘expected to drop heavily’ says Vinyl Alliance
Industry body the Vinyl Alliance has been surveying its members about the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on their businesses. Spoiler: it’s not good. Its findings note that “even though many brick...
April 7, 2020
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...
July 11, 2019
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...
April 18, 2019
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...
February 28, 2019
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...
February 18, 2019
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,...
May 16, 2018
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...
November 1, 2017
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...
August 9, 2017
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...
March 6, 2017
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...
December 7, 2016