European copyright directive agreed – now for more votes
The three main European political bodies – the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and the European Commission – have agreed a final text for the proposed modernisation of copyright laws across the EU. “The...
February 14, 2019
How pirated TV shows on YouTube made Dinosaur Jr. a hit in Japan
Congratulations to Dinosaur Jr. for topping Japan’s video-streaming chart with nearly 8.1m weekly views for a 25-year-old song called ‘Over Your Shoulder’. Wait, what?! Yes, the definitely-not-at-all-J-Poppy grunge...
February 12, 2019
Marshmello YouTube channel got 164% boost from Fortnite concert
We wrote last week that we were waiting for the latest weekly YouTube Music charts to go live, so that we could gauge the bump that dance artist Marshmello got from his concert in YouTube. Not least because anecdotally, nearly...
February 11, 2019
Sandbox Issue 221: Fake Views. Lies, damned lies and music statistics
Lead: Smoke and mirrors have always been part of music, but when it comes to data, truth is starting to play second fiddle to hype. The nefarious and ruthless are finding ways to “massage” social media and streaming numbers...
February 7, 2019
YouTube CEO hails growth but keeps up pressure on Article 13
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published her latest update on growth and trends for the video service, including some milestones from 2018. “The channels with over one million subscribers nearly doubled in the last year,...
February 6, 2019
Startup Lickd raises £1.7m funding and signs BMG deal
UK-based music-licensing startup Lickd has announced a Series A funding round of £1.7m ($2.2m) from angel investors, including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. The company’s focus is on licensing recorded-music to YouTubers...
February 5, 2019
Study tips YouTube to decline in popularity with British kids
Will children ever tire of YouTube? Surely not! Yet that’s the suggestion being made in a new report published by research firm Kids Insights, which is out today. “According to our data across all ages 4-18 the...
February 4, 2019
YouTube says video premieres are paying off for artists
YouTube launched its ‘premieres’ feature last year: a way for channels to schedule the launch of new videos, and thus drum up an audience to watch and chat together. It’s not a music-specific feature, but YouTube is...
February 1, 2019
‘Streaming Price Bible’ reveals one label’s 2018 per-stream rates
Every year, artist-rights blog The Trichordist publishes a new ‘Streaming Price Bible’ comparing the latest per-stream rates for the main music-streaming services. This year’s went live this morning, based as ever on...
January 29, 2019
Zee Music Company reaches 30m-subscribers YouTube milestone
It’s not just T-Series doing well at signing subscribers up for Indian-music YouTube channels. Zee Music Company has announced its own milestone: 30 million subscribers for its flagship YouTube channel, which mixes film...
January 28, 2019
Music-streaming in the Middle East: ‘There is a space and place for everyone’
Spotify and Deezer's recent launches in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have highlighted the region's status as a strategic priority for the music industry – although these companies (and Apple Music) are facing...
January 24, 2019
The top three artists on YouTube last week were all from India
Guess who the most popular musician in the world was last week based on YouTube views? Not Ariana Grande, who’s currently Spotify’s top artist: she was only 21st in YouTube’s weekly rankings for 11-17 January – admittedly...
January 23, 2019