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Update: Leading industry experts announced for keynotes at The Great Escape 2015 convention

By on Friday, 6th March 2015 at 11:00 am

Leading industry experts from Spotify, Deezer and DigMark are among the names appearing at The Great Escape 2015 convention in May.

Titled “Music Marketing Is Broken – Let’s Fix It”, the convention will be kickstarted by Spotify’s Director of Label Relations Will Hope, who will deliver a keynote on the factors that are driving streams in 2015 and offering tips on how labels can maximise plays on the platform. He will be joined by a panel of music marketers including Adam Cardew (Digital Director at Absolute), Leah Ellis (Head of UK PR at Warp Records) and Sammy Andrews (Head of Digital Marketing at Cooking Vinyl).

In the second keynote, Deezer’s Head of Editorial James Foley will discuss how digital platforms are now curators themselves, while Aileen Crowley from Nashville-based marketing agency DigMark will consider how labels can engage key influencers in the playlisting community. They will be joined by Francine Gorman, who will provide an insightful case study on the Nordic Playlist.

The third and final keynote at The Great Escape convention will look at how data from the live sector can be used to publicise club nights, gigs and festivals, with Ticketscript’s Shane Mansfield discussing analytics and offering tips on how the data can be used to sell shows. This keynote will also feature talks from Jen Long, Music Editor at DICE, and Paul Clement, cofounder at electronic/DJ Web site Resident Advisor.

To coincide with the unveiling of the line-up, The Great Escape also announced its biggest ever Lead Educational partnership with BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute). This deal brings together Europe’s leading new music festival, attended by over 3,000 music industry delegates and 15,000 music fans, and the UK and Europe’s best-connected modern music college. Now in its 10th year, The Great Escape attracts 3,000 industry delegates each year who attend a series of insightful presentations, talks and panel discussions, debating with and learning from key voices in the music business community.

Delegate passes, which give additional access to all The Great Escape convention events and priority access to live shows, are still available at the discounted saver price of £175. For all our preview coverage of this year’s festival in Brighton, go here.


Ed Sheeran named as most streamed artist of 2014

By on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 5:30 pm

Ed Sheeran has been named as the most streamed artist worldwide in 2014, with his album ‘X’ being streamed over 430 million times since it was released in June.

Music streaming service Spotify revealed that the singer/songwriter beat the likes of Eminem and Coldplay to the top spot, based on data collected from over 50 million users across the world. Calvin Harris and Katy Perry make up the remainder of the top five. Speaking about his achievement, Sheeran said, “It’s a great thing to be above so many amazing artists who I’d assume would be streamed more than me.”

However, despite his successes in the streaming charts, Ed Sheeran failed to make the top five tracks globally. Singer/songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams took the top spot with ‘Happy (from Despicable Me 2)’, which beat off competition from Clean Bandit‘s ‘Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne)’ and Calvin Harris’s ‘Summer’. Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ and John Legend‘s ‘All of Me’ complete the top five.

Steve Savoca, head of content at Spotify, said: “This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify. Over 50 million dedicated music fans listened to more than 7 billion listening hours in 2014 alone.” He added: “Huge congratulations to Ed Sheeran on achieving most-streamed album on Spotify for the wildly successful ‘X’, and also for earning the overall most streamed artist of 2014 thanks to his dedicated fans on Spotify.”

Ed Sheeran’s success in the streaming chart is largely down to timing. His album X, which is available on Spotify, was released a couple of weeks before he took to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2014. In the same month, it was announced that the Official Charts Company would be counting audio streams within their chart data. Following his performance on “The X Factor” on Sunday, October 26th, 2014, the singer’s third single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was streamed over 1,638,000 times in a week. Not bad, eh?

However, not all artists have been as supportive of music streaming services. Quite famously, Taylor Swift made the move to withdraw all of her music from Spotify at the start of November 2014, as she believes artists don’t receive enough money from the service. Other famous artists who are missing from such services include AC/DC and The Beatles.

The streaming results, which includes artists we’ve written a lot on TGTF about including Coldplay, Glass Animals and Hozier, in full:

Top five global artists

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Coldplay
4. Calvin Harris
5. Katy Perry

Top five global males

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Calvin Harris
4. Avicii
5. David Guetta

Top five global females

1. Katy Perry
2. Ariana Grande
3. Lana Del Rey
4. Beyoncé
5. Lorde

Top five global groups

1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. OneRepublic
5. One Direction

Top five global tracks

1. Happy (from Despicable Me 2) – Pharrell Williams
2. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
3. Summer – Calvin Harris
4. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
5. All of Me – John Legend

Top five global albums

1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
4. G I R L – Pharrell Williams
5. My Everything – Ariana Grande

Top five global viral tracks

1. Take Me to Church – Hozier
2. Gooey – Glass Animals
3. Ojos Color Sol – Calle 13
4. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
5. Hey Mami – Sylvan Esso

Most streamed artists in UK

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Arctic Monkeys
3. Eminem
4. Sam Smith
5. Coldplay

Most streamed tracks in UK

1. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
2. Happy – Pharrell Williams
3. Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – M Probz
4. All of Me – John Legend
5. Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Most streamed albums in UK

1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. Wanted On Voyage – George Ezra
4. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
5. G I R L – Pharrell Williams

Top viral tracks in UK

1. Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann
2. Gooey – Glass Animals
3. Everyone Is Gay – A Great Big World
4. Take Me To Church – Hozier
5. Far From Any Road – The Handsome Family


(Valentine’s Day Special!) TGTF Alternative Valentine Day’s 2013 Playlist

By on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 11:00 am

I really struggled with coming up with something great for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Not feeling particularly jolly about the usually groan-worthy annual exercise I put myself through this time every year as a single, I thought about going overboard, making separate playlists for ‘sad lonely types’, ‘scorned lovers’ and ‘blitheringly happy couples’.

And then I thought about where I am in my life: a crossroads, wondering what direction love will take me next. Wherever you are on the road of life, single or paired up, feeling lonely or feeling love, love is unequivocally a roller coaster. So this playlist is very alternative in that you will hear all the emotions that love causes us.

Graphic at the top taken from now defunct Web site The Plugg


In the Post #70: Delphic – Colours of the Day Break Out

By on Thursday, 31st March 2011 at 2:00 pm

So Manchester indie rock/dance band Delphic have been in hiding somewhere in the Cheshire countryside since last autumn, working on new tunes for public consumption. They’ve teased fans since early February with a new, pared down Web site with beautiful photos and bits and pieces of songs (and inexplicably, a chicken head coming out from behind a tree) that may or may not show up in future musical efforts (see their YouTube channel or their official Web site for more on these). But today is the first ‘track’ they’ve uploaded to their Soundcloud in quite a while.

It’s all very mysterious. First off, it’s not a full song. (Darn.) Second, there are no lyrics. (Double darn.) Third, the photo on your upper right (a photo of a nice sunrise taken on holiday, perhaps?) was uploaded as ‘cover art’, though it seems quite appropriate given the title of this piece of a song they’re calling ‘Colours of the Day Break Out’. They’ve obviously been busy tinkering with the ol’ synths, echoing and compressing chords. This bit of sound would work really well if, say, you were standing on a Tibetan mountaintop and admiring the impressive vistas from your most excellent vantage point. It sounds spring-y, or possibly summery to me and very chill.

The timing of bringing out something new couldn’t be better, as Delphic will be playing live next week (the 5th of April at London Koko, alongside the likes of the Naked and Famous, Pony Pony Run Run and La Roux [DJ set]) for the first time since their sold-out appearance at Manchester Warehouse Project on 30 October late last year. The big question on everyone’s mind is, will they be playing new songs? We’re still waiting for the finer details but the gig at Koko is purported to be the first ever to be broadcast live on Spotify. If you have Spotify, keep an eye out for more information on this in the coming days.

So what do you think? Comments on this brief peek into what the self-described purveyors of “euphoric melancholy” have been doing the last 5 months are welcome.


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