Lorde Melodrama Listening Parties – breathing new life into album releases

Nightlife Music Case Study, crowdDJ, Events, Music, Spotify

Pulling off a remarkable coup, Nightlife Music challenged the music industry norm, hosting Australia’s first, and the world’s largest, multi-site live album listening party to coincide with the launch of Lorde’s now #1 album, Melodrama.

Involving 38 Nightlife Music clients, more than 4,400 attendees, generating 158,095 social media impressions and with a combined audience of  287,538 venue followers, the album listening parties took over bars and clubs across the country. They all got behind the launch by playing Melodrama live in their venues through the ground-breaking crowdDJ® media player.

Core to the success of the campaign was that the event delivered something for each stakeholder in the entertainment ecosystem.

Record labels and artists were able to realise the potential of harnessing venues to reach large audiences and reinvigorate the album launch. Venues had the ability to tap into one of the biggest music releases of the year as a way of enticing customers, while consumers themselves got to share in one of the most anticipated album releases, in entirety, with friends down at their local bar.

In a vote of confidence for the strength of the album itself, almost half of the participating venues chose to play Melodrama twice during the event.

Guests kept the party going through crowdDJ late into the night, selecting their favourite party music including some of Lorde’s other iconic tracks including ‘Royals’ and ‘Tennis Court’.

Nightlife Music’s CEO, David O’Rourke, was thrilled to see so many venues supporting the revolutionary initiative and being part of a world first that showcases the ability to play full Spotify albums in venues from a commercially licensed platform.

“The team at Nightlife Music are extremely passionate about pushing boundaries and challenging the expected, and are thrilled to see the Lorde Album Listening Parties have such a successful outcome,” said O’Rourke.

Melodrama Listening Parties – the numbers…

Social Media as a key driver

With a combined social media audience of 287K followers, a major success of the campaign was harnessing the social media channels of participating venues. Nightlife and Universal Music provided a pack of ready-made social media content and assets, as well as a campaign plan to make it easy for venues to jump on board. With social media activity originating from the venues to their audience, the campaign was highly targeted and more organic than a heavily branded campaign.

In addition to a curated channel of Lorde visuals that played on screens during the album, the event also incorporated the location based social media aggregating service Local Measure to stream live social content from participating venues.

Venue feedback
  • “Our Listening Party went extremely well. It not only to drove foot traffic into the hotel but also enhanced the guest experience – giving the guest another reason why they should visit the hotel.” – Rob Brady (Venue Manager, Regatta Hotel)
  • “The Album and Listening Party was well received – we played the album at 6pm and then again at 8pm. Information was fantastic and so was the support from the Nightlife Team.” – Tim Hayden (Venue Manager, Moonee Beach Tavern)
  • “The Lorde Warm-Up list was great, really set the vibe for the evening. We had an increase in expected patronage of a Friday for the event and everyone enjoyed it. Support from Nightlife was great too.” – Quade Hale, (Venue Manager, Artesian Hotel)
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