No Pain, no gain: T-Pain’s website takedown and takeover
Rapper T-Pain posted a curious tweet earlier in the week. He claimed that someone had launched the f—ktpain.com website (we can’t put the full title in here as some spam filters don’t like profanities), perhaps...
February 20, 2020
Radiohead gather their archives in a ‘Public Library’ website
“Radiohead.com has always been a) infuriatingly uninformative and b) surprising. The most surprising thing to do next, therefore, is to suddenly become incredibly informative,” explained an announcement on Radiohead’s...
January 21, 2020
Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up
Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
July 25, 2019
Sandbox 165: What’s Up, Doc?
Lead: Documentaries used to be ponderous 90-minute affairs, but now they are part of the “exclusive content” arms race, with digital services bankrolling them and chopping them into web-friendly consumable chunks. We...
October 5, 2016
Sandbox 161 – Hit or Hype
Lead: The music industry runs on hype – but it takes great pains to disguise it and is distrustful of anything that is too explicit in what it is trying to achieve. Step forward Broken Witt Rebels, the band that media agency...
July 13, 2016
Hot Chip reskinned their website for the UK election
The UK is waking up this morning to a comprehensive victory for the Conservative party in its general election. Yesterday, though, the polls were put to canny marketing use by British band Hot Chip.
May 8, 2015
MP3.com domain name being sold for ‘multiple millions of dollars’
Michael Robertson's MP3.com was huge, back in the day. In 2013, how much is its domain name worth?
July 25, 2013
YouTube launches subscription button for external websites
Google's video service has launched a new tool for channel owners to sign up more subscribers: an embeddable Subscribe button that can be placed within their own websites.
July 24, 2013
Beyonce finally tweets as new website goes live
Beyonce famously accumulated millions of Twitter followers despite her account never having actually posted a tweet.
April 10, 2012
Sandbox issue 56: mobile conflict – apps vs web
Lead: Mobile conflict: apps vs. Web – We examine the need of artist apps verses mobile artist websites. Campaigns: featuring this fortnight’s activity from Fibes, Oh Fibes!, Nero, Spotify and Justin Bieber. Campaign focus:...
March 22, 2012
Google’s GetMo tools help judge your website’s mobile-friendliness
We've been writing about the mobile web a lot recently, and specifically the issue of how artists' main websites look and work when accessed from mobile browsers.
March 15, 2012