Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 28.07.17

This week’s blog takes a look Ed Sheeran's efforts in boosting UK music sales, the partnership of Deezer and AudioBoom, Radiocentre’s battles with the T&C’s and of course everyone's weekly dose of Podcast Pick Of The Week.

Not for the first time this year has Ed Sheeran's Album Divide hit the headlines. Previously it was reported that all top ten spots in the chart came from Sheeran's album Divide. This time however, the popularity of Sheeran has helped drive total UK music sales 11.2% higher to £564m in the first half of 2017.

Read more about Ed Sheeran's success here.


Podcasting takes another huge leap on music streaming platforms. This week we see that audioBoom and Deezer have joined forces in a new podcast-focused deal. This will see audioBoom podcasters reaching the Deezer audience of 12 million international listeners for their shows. Deezer will have nearly 230 audioBoom shows in English and Spanish added to its burgeoning podcast division, and more could be coming.

Find out more about audioBoom and Deezer's podcast deal here.


UK radio advertising spend starts 2017 in growth. Radio’s Q1 2017 share of display spend has grown to 5.6% from 5.5% in Q1 2016, according to Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data published today.

Read more about UK radio's advertising spend here.


Google Play Music .and YouTube Red could merge into the ultimate streaming service. Could you, off the top of your head, name the differences between Google Play Music, YouTube Red and YouTube Music? Do you know which one offers more songs? Do you know what the price difference is? Lyor Cohen stated at the New Music Seminar conference in New York last night that YouTube Red and Google Play Music should merge to make a singular, cohesive service.

Read more about the potential merge here.


Progress on reducing T&Cs on radio adverts is looking likely.

Radiocentre’s campaign to improve consumer warnings on radio advertisements has made it through to the next round of the European Commission’s better regulation programme, REFIT.

Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre says: “Despite the UK vote to leave the EU, Radiocentre continues to explain the case in Europe because there is likely to be a continuing relationship in areas like consumer protection.”

Read more about Radiocentre's push on the T&C reduction here.


Podcast Pick of the Week:

Love + Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. You’ve never heard anything like it before.

It has some of the most emotionally complicated stories and portraits of people and I’m constantly amazed when I listen. As storytelling, it’s breaking new ground.

This is a recently subscribed podcast to my library and I can't recommend it higher. Be prepared to dedicate 45 minutes of your attention to these amazing audio tales. Recommended episodes would be The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt & The Boys Will Work It Out.

P.S. make sure to wear your headphones for full effect.

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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor