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Music Ally's podcasts analyse vital music business topics in detail, as they emerge. In our short-form Music Ally Focus podcasts, Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow break down important stories in about 15 minutes. And our longer-form podcasts are discussions with industry experts sharing their cutting-edge knowledge – taken from our Music Ally TV shows. Together, they'll keep you and your team on the cutting edge!

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Music Ally Focus #33: is music metadata really "broken"? Special guest Richard Gooch, CTO of the IFPI (and who is in charge of ISRC codes!) explains how the system delivers data around the world

The Music Ally Podcast

Music Ally Focus #33: is music metadata really "broken"? Special guest Richard Gooch, CTO of the IFPI (and who is in charge of ISRC codes!) explains how the system delivers data around the world

The Music Ally Podcast

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Music Ally Focus #34: what coming music/tech is most exciting and how will it change the music business? VC investors Rishi Patel and John Acquaviva of Plus Eight Equity Partners share their
Music Ally has just published its Q3 2021 report, which focused on music/tech startups. For the report, we spoke to Rishi Patel and John Acquaviva of music/tech investors Plus Eight Equity about how they see the future of the industry, and they kindly agreed to dig deeper into their thoughts in this podcast. Rishi and John explain to Music Ally's Joe Sparrow how the creator economy is a huge focus for them; how the incumbent music business companies “have a gun to their heads” and will be forced to adapt quickly to rapidly-evolving technology; how realistic uses of NFTs in music will likely be for digitised collector editions of music and merch; and how the “wildcard” is the metaverse – and how that may in turn drive up the value of NFTs. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo 🧐 You can find our Q3 report here: musically.com/reports Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
35:43
October 15, 2021
Music Ally Focus #33: is music metadata really "broken"? Special guest Richard Gooch, CTO of the IFPI (and who is in charge of ISRC codes!) explains how the system delivers data around the world
In this episode, CTO of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (which represents the interests of the global recording industry)  Richard Gooch joins us to talk about metadata. He says that the idea that “music metadata is broken” is a misconception. He explains the new systems that he says form the infrastructure for a fairer music industry – for everyone from superstars to new artists in existing territories in sub-Saharan Africa, where the IFPI has a particular current focus. He also talks about improvements that could be made, how performing rights reporting can change, and the changes he hopes music metadata will bring. Suffolk Braves Wheelchair Basketball Club's world record: https://youtu.be/OvuBbMBuXh4?t=195 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
22:02
October 8, 2021
Music Ally Focus #32: TikTok has more than 1bn monthly active users – and it's also the music industry's social media platform du jour... so what does this mean for music and artists?
TikTok has officially reached the milestone of one billion monthly active users (MAUs). The short-form videos app revealed the news in a short announcement blog post, although it did not give any other stats. In July 2020, TikTok had 689.2 million monthly active users and it only took 14 months to hit the one billion MAUs mark –  which suggests that TikTok has been adding around 22.2 million users a month during that period. Joe and Stu discuss what this means for artists and the music industry – and whether it means music is becoming simply a component of the burgeoning "creator economy". 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
19:05
September 29, 2021
Music Ally Focus #31: The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) publishes a huge report on music creators' earnings in the digital era... Stu & Joe wade through all 225 pages to try to understand it
It's all happening in the UK right now: there are some big and meaningful investigations into the music industry going on, which will almost certainly have big repercussions around the world when they conclude. This week, the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a hefty report on music creators' earnings in the digital era. It has a huge amount of data, and aims to inform discussion in the ever-heated debate about artists and streaming royalties. It's a very long report – 224 pages to be exact – so if you feel overwhelmed just thinking about reading it, listen to Stuart Dredge (who has heroically read it all) explain the important bits to Joe Sparrow in this podcast. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
21:44
September 23, 2021
Music Ally Focus #30: the (many) hidden legal complications when you sell a music NFT – with special guest Adrian Perry, partner and co-chair of Covington & Burling LLP's Music Industry practice
Some musicians are finding NFTs irresistible, seeing them as a new way to connect with fans, make money – and sell slices of their music rights. It seems very easy to sell a small percentage of, for instance, your master recording copyright – with potentially huge rewards. But, warns this week's special guest, there are many ways you could get caught in a tricky situation that you may not have considered – including anti-money laundering laws, securities laws, international tax issues, and the highly volatile nature of cryptocurrency itself. Adrian Perry is partner and co-chair of Covington & Burling LLP's Music Industry practice, and is eager to help musicians and rights owners understand these hidden legal risks.  He's no NFT-sceptic, and is enthusiastic about the space – so he helped Music Ally's editor Joe Sparrow  understand the associated risks, and how to navigate them.  Here's more info on Adrian: https://www.cov.com/en/professionals/p/adrian-perry 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
30:08
September 15, 2021
Music Ally Focus #29: UK’s competition regulator is concerned by Sony Music / AWAL merger – is the government firing a warning shot at major labels?
Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow talk over the shock news that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Sony Music’s $430m acquisition of distributor AWAL from Kobalt “raises competition concerns”, and gave the major label a five-day deadline to respond. If those responses do not satisfy the regulator, it will launch a deeper ‘phase two’ investigation of the deal. Stu and Joe discuss why this has happened, what the responses of various connected parties were – and if this, combined with the UK's recent parliamentary inquiry into music streaming, means that major labels are facing an unprecedented period of probing and pressure. (For more context, we analysed this story in depth here.) 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
17:27
September 10, 2021
Music Ally Focus #28: Apple buys classical music streaming platform Primephonic & plans 'dedicated' classical experience – what features could move to mainstream streaming? [music free version]
Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow talk over the possibilities (and accidentally insult both golfers and jazz fans) in Apple's purchase of Primephonic, the classical music streaming service, which they promise will be reborn as a better experience, with more features. Classical music has proved famously tricky for the big streaming services to get right, thanks to the specific challenges around metadata and catalogue navigation, but in other ways it’s been very simple: peaceful piano instrumentals, for example, are a staple of the DSPs’ mood playlists, and they fall under the banner of ‘classical’ as much as the famous symphonies do. [NOTE: we added music to another version of this episode, but it will only appear on certain platforms, hence this music-free version, which is otherwise identical. It was "Blue In Green" by Miles Davis, FYI.] 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo LINKS: For more context on what Apple is buying, you can read our article, based on a roundtable hosted by Primephonic to discuss trends around classical and streaming. You can also watch the recent classical-focused episode from the BPI and Music Ally’s Music & Tech Springboard Programme, which saw classical labels talking about the trends they see. Here's LA Beast eating an advent calendar very fast. -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybizTwitter: https://twitter.com/musicallyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
19:43
September 1, 2021
Music Ally Focus #27: How do you turn TikTok virality into streams, follows and fans? Special guest Rebecca Versteegh of Creed Media explains all...
Rebecca Versteegh, Head of Music Partnerships at the “Gen-Z Marketing Agency” Creed Media is our special guest this week. Creed has only been around for three years but has become well known for its success at TikTok marketing and works with all three major labels. While TikTok success is highly sought after by many marketers, it’s the next step that holds interest for a lot of them: translating that attention across to streaming platforms in the forms of plays, follows and fandom elsewhere in the music industry ecosystem. So how do you do it? Joe Sparrow talks to Rebecca to find out...  👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
23:42
August 20, 2021
Music Ally Focus #26: Special Guest Tim Westergren, former founder of Pandora, talks about his new platform Sessions – and the effect of Spotify's Discovery Mode on artists' careers
Tim Westergren was the former founder and CEO of Pandora, and helped build the current digital music landscape. He left the company in 2017, frustrated by “the music industrial complex vortex”, and last year launched a new startup called Sessions –  a live-streaming platform for emerging and established artists. He says Sessions does something unique: it spends its own money to bring in viewers for performing artists, and gives artists a direct connection, and all the data, on their fans. Tim talks to Music Ally editor Joe Sparrow about how he hopes the music industry can work differently, and how the business model of the big streaming platforms, he believes, is not the right path for artists. He also discusses Spotify's controversial Discovery Mode – where artists receive a lower per-stream rate in exchange for exposure. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
26:23
August 10, 2021
Music Ally Focus #25: Spotify's Q2 results – huge revenue growth, slow user growth outside of Europe, N America and Latin America, and reveals an operating profit
Spotify has published its financial results for the second quarter of 2021: it now has 365 million monthly active users (MAUs) including 165 million premium subscribers, and added nine million users and seven million subscribers during Q2. The results also contained some interesting info about Greenroom, its Clubhouse-style app, showed slow growth in the "Rest of World" areas – and revealed an operating profit of €12m in Q2. Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow rummage around in the announcement and pull out the vital facts. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
19:42
July 29, 2021
Music Ally Focus #24: YouTube Shorts signs BTS for the #PermissiontoDance challenge
Hashtag challenges and dance contests are vital to TikTok and rival apps and services are adopting them too. YouTube Shorts is no different, and as the service continues its rapid global rollout, it has snagged a partnership with K-Pop giants BTS. They have launched the ‘first ever worldwide dance challenge’ on YouTube Shorts based around their new track ‘Permission to Dance’. Joe and Stu discuss what this means for short-form video, and whether people will simply do the dance on TikTok instead. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
17:45
July 21, 2021
Music Ally Focus #23: UK streaming inquiry publishes long-awaited report – calling for 'complete reset' of market (and major labels suddenly have a lot on their plate)
👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Music Ally has reported extensively on the hearings at the UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) inquiry into the economics of music streaming – which has now published its report. And it’s fair to say major labels will be wincing the most as they read its recommendations – which include: Introducing broadcast-style equitable remuneration (ER) for streaming income An investigation by the UK’s competition watchdog the CMA into major labels’ market power and business practices Legislation giving artists a “right to recapture” their recordings rights after 20 years Calling for songs (and thus songwriters and publishers) to get a bigger share of streaming royalties Joe and Stu poured a very large mug of coffee, read the whole 120+page report, and then pull out the most important parts – and discuss what will happen next. Here’s the full written analysis of the report too: https://musically.com/2021/07/15/labels-under-fire-uk-streaming-inquiry-report/ -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Muhammad Rashid (Pakistan) crushing 49 watermelons with his head in 1 min: https://www.facebook.com/GuinnessWorldRecords/videos/489784921508299/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
34:03
July 15, 2021
Music Ally Focus #22: the outcome of the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into artists' streaming income is starting to emerge – what will the impact be on artists, streaming platforms and labels?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. British politician Kevin Brennan wrote a guest article for UK newspaper the Independent which offers a few hints on the outcome of the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into artists' streaming income. The British music industry will now be preparing for a big lobbying battle around applying equitable remuneration (ER) to streaming, although this is not a big surprise given the issue’s prominence in the hearings of the UK’s music streaming economics inquiry.  Joe and Stu try to figure out the most likely outcome; wonder if labels should be worried - or if they have an other card to play. Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Que Jianyu solving three Rubik's cubes whilst juggling them in 5 mins 2.43 sec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6AsllXpKBU Music Ally appears on The Daily Show! https://mobile.twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/1405867638199394317 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
17:22
June 23, 2021
Music Ally Focus #21: Sony Music doubles down on podcasts with Somethin' Else acquisition – so does it mean that major labels are creeping slightly away from the music business?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow.  Spotify has evolved from a pure music-streaming service to an 'audio-first' platform including podcasts and live audio. Perhaps major labels are going down a similar evolutionary path. Sony Music is the latest to beef up its podcasting activities. It has acquired UK-based radio, podcasts and TV producer Somethin' Else for an undisclosed amount, as part of an expansion of its global podcasts division. Joe and Stu delve into what's behind this purchase - and if it means major labels are creeping away from the music business. Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:51
June 18, 2021
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 20: cutting-edge artist management with the MMF Accelerator Programme
There are now more ways than ever for an artist to connect with audiences, and to make money doing it – exactly the kind of complex task that many artists look to a manager to help them with. So how do forward-thinking managers help artists connect with their audience, strike innovative deals, and make money in new ways? Joe Sparrow talks to three young managers who are all navigating this new landscape to find out what they have learned:  • Sarah, Muise Management – who works with Shygirl, LYZZA, Butch, Lou Hayter & Delilah Holliday.   • "T" Oyelola, Black Grape Global - who works with YolandDa Brown, Genevieve Dawson, Annastasia Baker.   • Ben Price - Harbourside Music Management - works with Viktoria Modesta , Lachi and Lucy May Walker.   Sarah, T and Ben are all members of Music Managers Forum's Accelerator Programme - an initiative they set up in 2019 with support from YouTube Music, Arts Council England and Creative Scotland, helping upcoming managers to become sustainable businesses.    We’ve been speaking about the “third pillar” of income for artists for a while now: a substantial stream of income that sits alongside the traditional duo of live performance and recorded income, and is composed of a unique mix of income streams for every artist. For instance: an artist could make money from Twitch streams, a “super-fanclub” on Patreon, a closely-aligned and long-term brand partnership, or a podcast. Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
49:26
June 18, 2021
Music Ally Focus #20 – Roblox is sued over uploaded music in $200m copyright infringement lawsuit
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Roblox is a buzzy platform with a huge user base making games, spaces and virtual experiences. As part of that process they can upload custom audio, which could be music - and now the US National Music Publishers Association is suing Roblox for $200m in damages for “Roblox’s unabashed exploitation of music without proper licences”. Joe and Stu discuss what this means for User Generated Content platforms like Roblox others in a similar situation – like Twitch. ...And here's Aneta Florczyk rolling 6 frying pans into a cylinder with her bare hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mME2J1E_P20 Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:28
June 10, 2021
Music Ally Focus #19: YouTube announces it has paid out more than $4bn to the music industry in the last 12 months – is it as simple as "more money into the system is better?"
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. This week, YouTube announced that it has paid out more than $4bn to the music industry in the last 12 months, according to its head of music Lyor Cohen. Joe 'n' Stu ask what this means for streaming services, artists, and labels: is it as simple as "more money in is better?" And what might other streaming platforms like Spotify do in response? Oh, and here's the link to Budimir Šobat’s world record of the longest time for the breath being held voluntarily. 52 Gaj Ka Daman – a regional song that became a billion-stream YouTube mega-hit. Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:47
June 4, 2021
Music Ally Focus #18: NFTs + music - getting beyond the hype; what music can learn from sports; membership + tip economy for artists
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Joe 'n' Stu talk about understanding what NFTs *really* mean for the music industry and how they should be part of long-term thinking; what the music industry can learn from sports marketing; and how artists are making more money from memberships on livestreaming platforms than they are from touring. It's a recap of a few of the most impactful things they learned from Music Ally's Sandbox Summit Global conference, which happened in late May 2021. Here are the links mentioned in the show: The world's fastest motorised toilet: guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-toilet What can the music industry learn from sports and other sectors? musically.com/2021/05/26/what-can-the-music-industry-learn-from-sports-and-other-sectors NFTs and music: ‘Proof of fandom, status, utility and engagement’ musically.com/2021/05/27/nfts-and-music-proof-of-fandom-status-utility-and-engagement How can memberships and tips economies work for musicians?: musically.com/2021/05/28/how-can-memberships-and-tips-economies-work-for-musicians Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
26:11
May 31, 2021
Music Ally Focus #17: distributor Believe prepares for possible IPO – does this change the power balance in the industry?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Distributor Believe said that it is "contemplating" raising around €500m (around $608.5m) from its mooted IPO... the prospectus isn't yet public, but Believe has published some of the figures that will be key to its appeal to investors: In 2020, Believe generated €728m (886m) from 'digital music sales' and in the first quarter of 2021, the company made another €124m, up by 26% year-on-year. Joe and Stu analyse who might (alternatively) buy Believe outright, what this IPO might mean for artists, and if it changes the power balance between distributors and labels. Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
14:05
May 20, 2021
Music Ally Focus #16: Roblox has 43.3m daily active users – what opportunities does the booming "YouTube of games" platform have for music, artists and the music industry?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Games firm Roblox is firmly on the music industry map now, and Roblox published its Q1 results, revealing that it generated $387m of revenues in the first three months of this year, up 140% compared to Q1 2020. It also has 43.3m daily active users, and music is increasingly a part of the Roblox experience - so Joe and Stu analyse what this might mean for the music biz, and how artists could use it to make cool new experiences for fans. Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:59
May 12, 2021
Music Ally Focus #15: Twitch "Rockonomics" report – how Twitch's economy works for musicians, artists, performers and rightsholders.
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Will Page, the former chief economist at Spotify and PRS for Music, has published a new study of 'Twitch's Rockonomics' which contains data unearthed by Page – particularly the case studies of artists Laura Shigihara, Aeseaes, Sereda, Matt Heafy, mxmtoon and RAC – will be useful for any musician mulling whether to use Twitch. Joe and Stu talk about its insight into how Twitch's economy works and if it could be valuable for musicians, artists, performers and rightsholders. PLUS: Page talked to Music Ally about his findings, explaining that it was an attempt to help Twitch "understand the economics of their own business model", as well as to give artists and the wider music industry an insight into the platform. You can read the interview here: https://musically.com/2021/04/29/twitch-rockonomics-will-page-mxmtoon-rac/ And read his study here: https://www.twitchrockonomics.com Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
19:22
May 3, 2021
Music Ally Focus #14: Paid podcast subscriptions by Apple and Spotify – and how artists can use them for new, creative income streams
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Apple has just announced its new show-level podcast subscriptions. Spotify also plans to announce its own similar offering, having invested heavily in podcasting in the last few years. So what does it mean for musicians and songwriters? Could show-level podcast subscriptions mean musician podcasters start creating their own paywalls with exclusive content – possibly including paywalled music too? Should artists create non-music audio that listeners will play for? Could you even release music as "a podcast" and make more money? Stu 'n' Joe dig in... Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
13:10
April 29, 2021
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 19: Music & AI – with Richie Hawtin and Endel CEO Oleg Stavitsky
We were thrilled to talk to techno legend Richie Hawtin and Endel CEO Oleg Stavitsky – two people at the cutting edge of where Music and AI intersects. Hawtin, the pioneering musician, DJ and technologist partnered with Endel, the Berlin-based platform that creates adaptive, real-time personalised sounds and music using AI on a brand new project, "Deeper Focus", which automatically creates music based on Hawtin's work. We chatted to  Richie and Oleg about their new project, and their thoughts on how music, musicians, and AI can work together - and what it means for the music industry, and for musicians afraid that AI will replace them. Music Ally readers can get an exclusive free month of Endel: https://code.endel.io/?code=musically Sign up for Music Ally's free weekly music industry newsletter, The Knowledge: https://MusicAlly.lnk.to/knowledgeID The Endel X Plastikman "Deeper Focus" collaboration: https://deeper.endel.io   Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company: http://musically.com
27:09
April 27, 2021
Music Ally Focus #13: ShareChat, owner of Indian TikTok rival Moj, raises $502m with investors including Snap and Twitter – so what does it mean for the music business?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Indian social media firm ShareChat is behind one of the most successful new TikTok rivals in India: Moj. It now has more than 120 million monthly active users – making it one of the leaders in the scramble to replace TikTok, after that app was banned in India last summer. ShareChat has just raised a $502m funding round, with investors including Snap, Twitter and Tiger Global Management.  Joe 'n' Stu analyse the implications for the music business and the wider context of western tech firms scrambling to invest in these Indian companies. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. NB: As promised in this episode, here's a frankly chaotic video of someone completing Super Mario 64 in 6m30s: https://youtu.be/vCc8qaW0dX8 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
14:34
April 15, 2021
Music Ally Focus #12: Fan-funding platform Patreon has raised $155m – so what does its success mean for artists, and what does it suggest about the future of artists' income?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Patreon is now valued at $4bn and their focus on the ‘creator’ economy seems to be working – so does this mean that we can assume that artists will now generate a substantial part of their money from superfans via platforms like Patreon? How do artists persuade fans to support them on these platforms - and will labels be shoved out of the picture or do they still have an important role to play?  Stu and Joe analyse what it means for artists, and what it suggests about the future of artists' income. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. NB: As promised in this episode, here's a video of Joey "Jaws" Chestnut eating 75 hot dogs in 10 mins: youtube.com/watch?v=rE85Rjr5Nyg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:16
April 9, 2021
Music Ally Focus #11: Spotify makes its live-audio move with Locker Room acquisition – is it the start of a new era of broadcasting or has Spotify just 'invented radio'?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. "There are elements of live listening that will eventually exist on Spotify too. You should imagine that functionality being available," Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Music Ally in February this year, when we asked him whether his company had plans for radio and/or Clubhouse-style live audio. Lo and behold: Spotify just announced its acquisition of startup Betty Labs, the creator of a live audio app called Locker Room. Stu and Joe analyse the streaming giant's move into broadcasting, and what it might mean for content creators... 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
16:23
April 1, 2021
Music Ally Focus #10: IFPI Report shows 7.4% growth in global recorded music revenues in 2020, the highest annual total since 2002 – so where did this success come from during a year of lockdown?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Global recorded music revenues grew by 7.4% to $21.6bn in 2020, according to industry body the IFPI, which published its annual Global Music Report this week. That’s a deceleration compared to 2019, but with 2020 being the year of Covid-19, labels will see the latest figures as a success. It’s also the sixth consecutive year of growth, and the highest annual total since 2002, when global revenues were $22.1bn. Joe and Stu dig into the data to see where the money came from during a year of lockdown – and wonder where growth may come from next. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:30
March 26, 2021
Music Ally Focus #9: Spotify’s new "Loud & Clear" website promises ‘more clarity’ on streaming economy... "If the music industry is generating so much money, then where the hell is it going?"
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Spotify has just launched a new data-heavy website that explains how the company pays out royalties. Spotify isn’t explicitly describing it as a defence of music streaming, but given the recent upsurge in debate about musicians and streaming royalties – not to mention the UK’s parliamentary inquiry focusing on the streaming economy – the timing is no accident.    Joe and Stu discuss what this new tranche of data might show – and try to answer Daniel Ek's rhetorical question: "Artists ask me all the time why they’re not making more money. If the music industry is generating so much, then where the hell is it going?" 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
13:38
March 19, 2021
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 18: BPI boss Geoff Taylor on artists, labels, streaming & equitable remuneration
Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – at-a-glance analysis of the modern music industry. Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive at BPI & BRIT Awards, discusses artists, labels, streaming and equitable remuneration with Music Ally's Joe Sparrow. Throughout the current UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, Music Ally has worked hard to report fairly the full range of views in the debates about how streaming pays off for musicians. We've reported at length on the key sessions at the inquiry, taking in artists, labels, industry bodies and streaming services. And in May 2020, we invited Tom Gray, a key figure in the Broken Record campaign that sparked the inquiry, onto our Music Ally TV Show. We've now extended a similar invitation to Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, Brit Awards and Mercury Prize. Like Gray, he gave evidence during the inquiry, speaking on behalf of the BPI's major and independent label membership. He spoke to us in depth about the biggest issues raised in the inquiry and how streaming should work for artists. You can read Music Ally's deeper coverage on the issue here. Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
01:06:05
March 15, 2021
Music Ally Focus #8: Music NFTs fever heats up with 3lau and Kings of Leon - so what's next for NFTs and music?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. We're in a moment of intense hype around non-fungible tokens of all kinds, music included. Grimes sold $5.8m of her NFTs in 20 minutes last week, while Mike Shinoda recently made tens of thousands of dollars from a single NFT, including a new song. Now artist 3lau (aka Justin Blau) has set his own record: $11.6m of NFT sales. Joe and Stu discuss if this is another crypto bubble, and what the actual good uses of NFTs might be for artists. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
16:35
March 10, 2021
Music Ally Focus #7: Square invests in Tidal; promises to explore 'adjacent opportunities' for artists
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Streaming service Tidal has a new majority owner: fintech firm Square. That's the mobile payments company founded by Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, which is now paying $297m in stock and cash for the stake. Tidal co-owner Jay-Z will be joining Square's board as part of the transaction. Stu explains to Joe why a fintech company wants to buy in to streaming music, and how it will try and make new opportunities for artists.  👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
13:23
March 5, 2021
Music Ally Focus #6: Spotify's next steps after its ‘Stream On’ event
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. This week, Spotify held a huge event announcing a raft of announcements, including new functionality and what they presented as positive examples of artists generating money from the platform. Stuart Dredge, who authored Music Ally's live coverage of the event, and then spoke to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek after it, explains to Joe what he thinks these announcement mean, and where Spotify is going next. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
12:55
February 26, 2021
Music Ally Focus #5: Spotify, Apple and Amazon at the UK streaming economics inquiry
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. This week, the long-awaited appearance of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music at the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into streaming economics took place, and Stu – who has reported on all the sessions and is now known as "the inquiry whisperer" – explains to Joe about the strong signals on where the committee is heading in terms of its likely recommendations, and some interesting signs of willingness on the part of the DSPs to engage with them. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
15:05
February 24, 2021
Music Ally Focus #4: the rise of Clubhouse and audio hangouts - and is Spotify missing out?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Audio startup Clubhouse is having a moment – and while attitudes towards it are evenly split between "evangelism" and "disdain", it's a concept that has connected with millions of people. moreover, what does an app that unites people to chat about stuff mean for a platform like Spotify – which is very firmly ‘audio first’ now, including spoken word content alongside music. Stu and Joe chat about the possible repercussions of the emergence of Clubhouse. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
13:01
February 18, 2021
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 17 – Deezer's User Centric Payment System
Deezer's User Centric Payment System trial - what's the latest?  In 2019, Deezer announced it was going to trial the User-Centric Payment System - a very different way to pay rightsholders based on streaming users' listening behaviour, and hailed by some as a fairer method. UCPS is a controversial topic: $11.4 billion in revenue was generated by music streaming last year, and deciding how that money is shared is complicated.   On our Music Ally TV Show, Alexander Holland, Deezer’s Chief Content and Strategy Officer, will share the latest news on Deezer's research and UCPS trial. Joining him is Lottaliina Pokkinen, Head of Legal Affairs for the Finnish Musicians Union, who created a comprehensive study on what UCPS would mean for artists and labels.  They join Patrick Ross, Music Ally's SVP of Digital Strategy. It's hosted by Music Ally writer Joe Sparrow. Sign up for the next TV show: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com
58:46
February 4, 2021
Music Ally Focus #3 – Sony Music's $430m Awal acquisition is making waves. So what happens next?
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. Sony Music is buying Kobalt's label and distribution arm Awal, and its neighbouring rights division. After the initial announcement, the price paid was confirmed as $430m. Stu and Joe analyse the purchase, including what the knock-on effect is on the remaining indie distributors, and speculate on what new activity the distribution space might see as competition to win over artists hots up. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
11:12
February 2, 2021
Music Ally Focus #2 - UK label bosses pressed for answers in parliamentary inquiry; offer tantalising hints of possible future changes
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. On Tuesday 19th January, the UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. The three major labels' UK bosses gave evidence, as well as from UK rights management collectives PPL and PRS for Music. The session saw some very well-briefed questions that got to the heart of some of the key issues in the debate about musicians and streaming income… and there were some moments that made us want to bang our heads against the desk. Stu and Joe analyse the session, suggest what might happen next, and wonder why glam-metal band Poison were discussed so much. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
12:29
January 20, 2021
Music Ally Focus #1 - UK label bosses prepare for a "grilling" in parliament
Music business news, analysed in brief by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow. The British music industry will be clearing some diary time next Tuesday (19 January) for the next sessions in the UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. The second session will see the three major labels' UK bosses giving evidence together. Artists and songwriters who gave evidence in previous sessions appear to have successfully set the tone and direction of the inquiry, and the parliamentary committee's announcement hints at fireworks. 👋 Sign up for Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge – an at-a-glance overview of the whirling, weird maelstrom that is the modern music industry. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
11:07
January 18, 2021
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 16 - How should artist and songwriter contracts change for the better?
This show is for artists, managers, labels, publishers and DSPs – in fact, anyone involved in this complex relationship. In the show, we'll discuss:  What should change in contracts between artists, songwriters and other rightsholders? Why do EMMA's managers want change and how can it happen? Will the EU Copyright Directives 18-20, which address contract reform, make a difference - or make things more complex?  BTW, with regards to artists' earnings, if you missed the last show on Deezer's User-Centric Payment System, you can watch it back here: https://youtu.be/emtoljpnplw  Featuring: Joe Sparrow - Lord Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally Romain Vivien - MD and board member of Believe   Virpi Immonen - vice-chair, European Music Managers Alliance Per Kviman  - chair, European Music Managers Alliance   Sign up for the next TV show: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/Twitter: https://twitter.com/musicallyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
01:05:59
January 18, 2021
Music Ally Podcast Ep 15 :: Bandcamp tools workshop with Andrew Jervis
Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp's Chief Curator, will explain how to get the most out of Bandcamp's artist-fan relationship tools - including fan accounts, the music feed, and artist recommendations. He'll also explain best practice for selling physical and digital bundles, and show how Label accounts work.  Andrew will use recent case studies and success stories to give you inspiration - and you can ask him anything about tailoring your use of the platform to suit an artist's unique ethos, fanbase and career.  He'll dig into Bandcamp's curatorial and editorial features: Bandcamp Daily, Fan Spotlight, and The Shortlist, and explain how to best approach them.  He joins Patrick Ross, Music Ally's SVP of Digital Strategy. It's hosted by Music Ally writer Joe Sparrow. Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/  For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com  Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
01:02:16
September 29, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 14: China, in context: understanding China's music industry
Episode 14 of Music Ally TV - China, in context: understanding a music industry on the cutting edge  In this Episode: Kanjian’s VP of International Business, Tinko Georgiev, International Marketing Manager Jane Polubotko and International Business Specialist Yutong Situ explain how in China, artist branding must hit different touch-points, and how building a long-term, diversified approach across multiple businesses is essential for success.  They also explain what artists looking to break into China must do to properly engage with the market. For further reading, there are some good resources on Kanjian’s site (https://en.kanjian.com/china) explaining the Chinese music market in comparison to other types of marketplace. It's hosted by Music Ally writer Joe Sparrow and features regular panelists Henriette Heimdal, Market Development Coordinator for Europe and the UK at CD Baby, as well as Patrick Ross, Music Ally's SVP of Digital Strategy.  Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/  For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT #StayHome And Learn #WithMe 
01:12:04
September 9, 2020
Zoë Keating and David Lowery talk streaming, fans, platforms and royalty payments
In this special episode, Joe Sparrow spoke to musicians Zoë Keating and David Lowery - two of the most prominent voices for artists’ rights in the streaming era. They spoke in the light of recent public discussions about how the model pays off for musicians – #BrokenRecord in the UK for example – and how they think streaming could and should improve. Keating has regularly published her streaming income data to further transparency around payouts for artists, and Lowery runs artist-rights blog The Trichordist, and and also filed a class action lawsuit against Spotify in 2015, which was settled in 2017. You can read the accompanying article on Music Ally here. Sign up for Music Ally's streaming TV show: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup  Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
31:35
August 14, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep.12: Building a modern, multi-faceted music marketing plan - and where do you start?
This episode: A learnings-focussed workshop that asks: how do you put marketing at the very centre of an artist's career? Coherence, coordination, and - yes - *synergy* are the goals in the age of multi-faceted marketing campaigns- but by its very nature, that's all complicated to do. So what are the practical steps to build a multi-platform, multi-faceted campaign that feels synchronised?   Expert guests include Ali Murphy, International Marketing Manager of Secretly Group, Charles Kirby-Welch, CEO & founder of Kartel Music Group, and Henriette Heimdal, Market Development UK & EU at CD Baby.  It's hosted by Music Ally writer Joe Sparrow and features Patrick Ross, Music Ally's SVP of Digital Strategy, as regular panelist. Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com  Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
01:04:01
August 12, 2020
Music Ally Focus - Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok in US and other countries
Music Ally Today takes a key story from Music Ally’s daily music industry newsletter and gives you the analysis you need to know. Joe and Stu discuss how events have, it's fair to say, moved fast since Friday for TikTok's business in the US. The latest news is confirmation from Microsoft that it's in talks about an acquisition of TikTok in the US and certain other countries, with a mid-September deadline to reach an agreement with the app's parent company ByteDance – not to mention the US president. Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com #MusicAllyTV
13:46
August 3, 2020
Music Ally Focus - Spotify Q2 2020 financial results and how Daniel Ek's comments on music releasing has made some artists very angry indeed...
Music Ally Today takes a key story from Music Ally’s daily music industry newsletter and gives you the analysis you need to know. Today: Joe Sparrow and Stuart Dredge discuss how Spotify ended Q2 with 138 million subscribers and 299 million monthly active users, having added eight million and 13 million respectively that quarter. Meanwhile, Spotify generated revenues of 1.89bn in Q2, up by 13% year-on-year. It recorded an operating loss of €167m and a net loss of €356m for the quarter. PLUS: Stu interviewed Daniel Ek - and he had some comments about the future of music-making that has made some artists very angry... (Full interview: https://musically.com/2020/07/30/spotify-ceo-talks-covid-19-artist-incomes-and-podcasting-interview/) Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com #MusicAllyTV
19:03
July 30, 2020
Music Ally Focus - Taylor Swift's ‘Folklore’ made $1.2m in three days... from one Chinese DSP
Music Ally Today takes a key story from Music Ally’s daily music industry newsletter and gives you the analysis you need to know. Today: Joe Sparrow and Stuart Dredge discuss how 'Folklore' is being sold in China, on streaming service NetEase Cloud Music. The album *isn't* available on that platform's free OR paid tiers, but instead has to be paid for: RMB 25 ($3.55) for the album or RMB 2 ($0.28) per track, which lets people download and stream the music. Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/  For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com  Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com #MusicAllyTV
09:04
July 27, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 10 // A Spotify Marketing special
This episode: A Spotify marketing special! How can artists use Spotify's tools to maximise their impact on - and off - the platform?  In this workshop-panel we’re going to talk to Spotify’s Charleton Lamb and Jeff Stempeck about getting the most out of Spotify for Artists, the Playlist Submission tool, Canvas, Marquee and more. We’ll also get the perspective of some real-world marketers who’ve used Spotify as a marketing tool to great effect: Moody Jones of EMPIRE and Breyner Baptista of Blackstar London. So let’s dig into how we can all wring the most out of the tools, and how to build them into nuanced, successful artist campaigns.  It's hosted by Music Ally writer Joe Sparrow and features regular panelist Patrick Ross, Music Ally's SVP of Digital Strategy.   GUESTS: Charleton Lamb - Senior Product Marketing Manager @ Spotify   Jeff Stempeck - Lead, Artist & Label Marketing @ Spotify Moody Jones - Vice President Digital and Creative @ EMPIRE: https://www.empi.re Breyner Baptista - Marketing Executive @ Blackstar London: https://www.blackstarlondon.com/ Henriette Heimdal - Market Development Coordinator for Europe and the UK @ CD Baby
58:55
July 1, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 9 // The future of live-streaming gigs and shows - with Russ Tannen of DICE and artist Roxanne de Bastion
This episode: Look past necessity and novelty - what is the real future of livestreaming gigs? We’re talking to Russ Tannen, CRO of DICE and Roxanne de Bastion, Artist and Board Director of The Featured Artists Coalition, who recently "virtually toured" the UK to support her recent single ERASE, about livestreaming artists from a platform perspective. What do users want, what do artists want, and what are the payment opportunities? It's de rigueur to stream gig and events now - but will they have longevity, how will it fit into a longer term marketing/income mix and what are the short term opportunities? What are the changes that will need to happen for artists and fans to ride out the novelty and make livestreaming into money for artists, and truly unique, intimate performances for fans?   It's hosted by Music Ally writer Joe Sparrow and features Henriette Heimdal of CD Baby and Patrick Ross, Music Ally's SVP of Digital Strategy, as regular panelists.  For anyone interested in learning more about the various platforms offering live-streaming capabilities and how to bring live online, we have a brand new module on our Music Ally Learning Hub: https://learn.musically.com/p/bringing-live-online Featuring: Roxanne de Bastion - Artist and Board Director @ The Featured Artists Coalition:  http://www.roxannedebastion.com/ https://thefac.org/ Russ Tannen - CRO @ DICE: http://dice.fm/ Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby: https://cdbaby.com Joe Sparrow - Lord Music Ally Contributor  Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally
42:45
July 1, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 8 // #TheShowMustBePaused Next Steps special feat. Keith Harris, Mulika Sannie and Estée Blu
This episode: A #TheShowMustBePaused Next Steps special. All kinds of music companies, Music Ally included, took the day of 2 June 2020 to pause their regular work so that people could educate themselves; attend protests; make donations; reconnect with their communities; and discuss ways forward for the industry. So what are the actionable, structural, long-term changes that should be made, why should they happen, who should be doing what, and what are the first steps? Featuring: Mulika Sannie - VP, Business Affairs for Kobalt and founder of the UK Black Music Lawyers Network: http://kobaltmusic.com/ Keith Harris OBE - General Manager of EMI, Business Manager for Stevie Wonder, former Chairman of the MMF, chaired the Equality and Diversity Taskforce, and so much more Estée Blu - London Singer-Songwriter and Sound Connections Trustee: https://www.esteeblu.com/ Joe Sparrow -  Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally Taken from the 8th Episode of Music Ally TV: #TheShowMustBePaused Next Steps special  Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT  Links mentioned in the show: Keith's open letter to the music industry: https://medium.com/@keithharrismusic/an-open-letter-to-the-music-industry-298e249698c7 Estée's Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBD9lhsgE-Y/ UK Black Music Lawyers Network: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12136593/ Music Ally reporting: https://musically.com/tag/theshowmustbepaused Estée Blu: https://esteeblu.bandcamp.com/ Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com #MusicAllyTV #TheShowMustBePaused #BlackOutTuesday
51:56
June 16, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep.7 - A Blanket License for Online Music feat. Cory Doctorow
This episode: Music Ally TV show builds on the conversation with the #brokenrecord campaign we had a few weeks ago, where we discussed what the problem was – and now we’re moving the conversation on to talk about how change can happen and whether licensing needs modernisation.   Guests: in an exclusive pre-recorded interview, award-winning author and activist Cory Doctorow discusses his revolutionary plan for a blanket internet music license, which he created on behalf of the digital civil liberties organisation Electronic Frontier Foundation. Cory is highly critical of major labels and existing licensing structures, and so joining us live on the panel to help explore these ideas are licensing experts Becky Brook and Cliff Fluet, who has forgotten more about licensing than the rest of us on the show know – and have strong opinions of their own.   Featuring: Cory Doctorow - Special Advisor @ Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.eff.org/ Becky Brook - Licensing & Strategy Consultant @ Becky Brook Consulting: http://www.beckybrook.com Cliff Fluet - Managing Director @ Eleven Advisory: http://elevenadvisory.com   Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby: https://cdbaby.com Joe Sparrow - Lord Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally   Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/Twitter: https://twitter.com/musicallyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/  For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
58:49
June 10, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep. 6: DJ Martin Jensen on how he pivoted to live streaming to millions on Twitch
Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup | Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT This episode: Superstar DJ Martin Jensen joins us to discuss live-streaming performances and connecting directly with fans. With over 1 billion streams on Spotify alone, remixes for Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran, and a #45 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s Poll, Martin normally DJs on huge stages at Lollapalooza and Tomorrowland. But when COVID-19 hit, he switched to streaming his shows on Twitch: one 5-hour DJ set from the centre of Denmark’s national stadium in Copenhagen pulled in almost 1 million viewers. We’ll talk to Martin about what fans really want from a live-stream, how to communicate with them before and during it, and what the future of online live performance is.  Featuring: Martin Jensen - DJ: https://martinjensen.com/ Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby: https://cdbaby.com Joe Sparrow - Lord Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com #MusicAllyTV #MartinJensen 
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June 5, 2020
Music Ally's Weekly Show Ep. 5 // Modern Merch with Tersha Willis of Terrible Merch
5th Episode of Music Ally TV, Innovative Merchandising In The COVID-19 Era  Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup  Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT #StayHome And Learn #WithMe  This episode: Tersha Willis, Co-founder/CEO of Terrible Merch, the innovative artist-focused merchandise company, joins us to discuss how merch can be used to create close connections with fans as well as a reliable and valuable income stream. Finding new forms of income and building close bonds with fans have always been important tasks for artists, but are all particularly vital during the current crisis and beyond. So how can you or your artist make better merch that fans are desperate to buy? And how can that form a bigger part of an artist’s income in the new industry?  Featuring: Tersha Willis - Co-Founder & CEO @ Terrible Merch: https://terriblemerch.com Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby: https://cdbaby.com Joe Sparrow - Lord Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally  Our report on Superfans can be found here: https://www.bpi.co.uk/news-analysis/insight-session-report-launch-serving-the-superfans/ Tersha @ Terrible: https://terriblemerch.com/contact Fanaply digital collectibles: https://musically.com/2020/05/05/music-ally-startup-files-fanaplys-limited-edition-digital-collectibles/ You can find more information and how to apply for the Creative Entrepreneur Programme here: https://musically.com/creative-entrepreneur/  Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com  Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com #MusicAllyTV #TerribleMerch #CDBaby
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May 28, 2020
Music Ally's Weekly Show Ep. 4 // A #BrokenRecord special with Tom Gray and Sammy Andrews
4th Episode of Music Ally TV, A #BrokenRecord special with Tom Gray and Sammy Andrews Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT #StayHome And Learn #WithMe #BrokenRecord This episode: We discuss a topic that’s gained a lot of attention in recent weeks – the #BrokenRecord campaign, which addresses what it sees as inequities for artists and songwriters in the modern music business. We’re thrilled to be joined by Tom Gray, Director at PRS for Music, and member of Mercury Music Prize-winning band Gomez, who recently co-created the #BrokenRecord campaign, with a particular focus on the sharing of money between labels and musicians, and the subscription fees charged by streaming services. Also joining us will be Sammy Andrews, CEO of Deviate Digital, and also a veteran of the streaming / artists debate.  Featuring: Tom Gray - Director at PRS for Music @ PRS for Music: https://www.prsformusic.com  Sammy Andrews - CEO & Founder @ deviate digital. https://deviate.digital Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby: https://cdbaby.com Joe Sparrow - Lord Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally Key moments:  Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally Creative Entrepreneurship programme: https://www.youthmusic.org.uk/music-a... Music Ally is a Knowledge Company
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May 18, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Ep.3 // The Impact Of COVID-19 On Streaming
3rd Episode of the podcast taken from Music Ally TV: The Impact Of COVID-19 On Streaming (With Chartmetric!) Sign up for the next one: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT This episode: The Impact Of COVID-19 On Streaming There has rightly been a lot of discussion of how the live industries have been affected by Coronavirus - but what about music streaming? Jason Joven, Content/insight manager at Chartmetric, joins the panel as special guest to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on streaming: how it’s affected listener and stream numbers and how the music industry can react to the impact of COVID-19. Chartmetric's report is here:  https://blog.chartmetric.io/covid-19s-effect-on-the-global-music-business-part-1-genre-c81ffdd808a6 Featuring: Jason Joven - Manager, Content and Insights @ Chartmetric: https://app.chartmetric.com Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby: https://cdbaby.com Joe Sparrow - Music Ally Contributor Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally Stuart Dredge - Editor, Music Ally
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May 5, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Episode 2 - the Power of Smaller Playlists
Getting on big-name DSP playlists with millions of followers is the ambition for many artist teams. But a huge number of focussed, niche, and powerful playlists - often by third parties or brands - are often overlooked, and they can really kick-off careers. We'll discuss how big is not always best.
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April 27, 2020
Music Ally Podcast Episode 1 - All About YouTube
This is the podcast taken from Music Ally TV - this episode is all about YouTube. Sign up for the next one here: https://musically.lnk.to/TVShowSignup This episode features Rosie Lopez - President @ Tommy Boy,  Henriette Heimdal - Market Development @ CD Baby, Joe Sparrow - Music Ally Contributor, Patrick Ross - SVP, Digital Strategy @ Music Ally and Stuart Dredge - Music Ally Editor. Topics include: How does COVID-19 affect streaming and album releases, and how musicians can better use Youtube to connect, nurture and grow their fanbase. Episodes Live Fridays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 10am ET / 7am PT   Follow us on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz/Twitter: https://twitter.com/musicallyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb/ For more knowledge: http://learn.musically.com Music Ally is a Knowledge Company http://musically.com
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April 20, 2020