COVID-19 may be leading to increased streaming in Japan

According to a new survey, Japan’s transition from CD and downloads to streaming may have increased substancially due to COVID-19. CDs are still the favourite format of Japan, but streaming is quickly becoming more relevant,…

BRIT Awards 2021 gets pushed back to May

Original scheduled for its usual February slot, next year’s BRIT Awards will take place 11th May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This move is to ensure a greater level of safety for the attendees…

Indie labels Ghostly International and Secretly Group merge

Ghostly International merger with Secretly Group to bring their marketing, production and other divisions together. The deal was reportedly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has now been confirmed by press release from the…

Spotify tell its global employees they can work from home until 2021

According to a recently reported memo, Spotify has invited employees to continue working from home until the end of the year. In a phased approach, Spotify are allowing employees to continue working from home until…

Quibi’s founder blames lack of users on coronavirus pandemic

After a relatively small number of signups, short-form video app Quibi’s founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has said “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus. Everything.” Former head of Walt Disney Studios and founder of…

Physical music in the UK see sales half during coronavirus lockdown

While online music and video streaming platforms boom in popularity during quarantine, closure of physical record stores has lead to a steep decline in physical music sales. Recent reports suggest sales of physical music have…

Production and marketing advice for artists in quarantine

While the world is on pause, there’s no need to stop putting your music out there on to the digital market. In a time where human interaction is rare, stay more connected with your fans…

Live Nation’s boss gives up his $3m salary to help the company cut costs

Not all bosses and big earners are bad, as Live Nation’s CEO & President has proved as the company aims to slash $500m in costs for the year. Live Nation, as a purveyor of live…

YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM and Tidal donate to the Recording Academy’s COVID-19 fund to help music professionals

MusiCares Foundation, the non-profit charity from The Recording Academy, has received “millions” of dollars from music services to help artists and other music professionals affected by COVID-19. The fund provides up to $1000 each to…

Advice and guidance for UK musicians during the Coronavirus pandemic

This is going to be a very difficult period for a great many people, especially those who rely on performing and the gig industry for their income. There are lots of performers, artists, songwriters and…