Kobalt promises $150m investment for AWAL recordings business
Kobalt is making AWAL the brand for its entire recordings division, while promising to invest $150m and hire 100 more staff to build up that side of the business. Kobalt acquired digital distributor AWAL in 2012, as it...
March 8, 2018
CD Baby’s parent company buys AdRev and DashGo
The parent company of distributor CD Baby has executed a mini-rollup of B2B services. AVL Digital Group has acquired AudioMicro, which in turn owns YouTube-monetisation tool AdRev and label-services provider DashGo, as well...
January 10, 2018
Mastering startup Landr is now a digital distributor too
Startup Landr made its name as a drag’n’drop service for mastering tracks. Now it has expanded into distributing those tracks too, as a direct rival for the various independent distributors already in that market. “We...
July 31, 2017
Sony Music tipped for up-to-$444m acquisition of Believe Digital
Sony Music appears to be in pole position to acquire independent digital distributor Believe Digital. Japanese site Nikkei Asian Review reported over the weekend that the deal could be worth between $355m and $444m if...
July 17, 2017
TuneCore closes in on $1bn download and streaming payouts
Digital distributor TuneCore is preparing for its biggest milestone yet: $1bn paid out to artists from download and streaming revenues since it was founded in 2005. It’s not there yet: a newly-launched ‘Billion Dollar...
June 27, 2017
Distributors talk music streaming: ADA, The Orchard and more (#midem)
The rise of grime in the UK, with many of its prominent artists choosing to release through digital distributors rather than seek traditional label deals, has been a potent reminder of the potential of distributors – especially...
June 6, 2017
The Orchard buys Finetunes and Phonofile… but Merlin protests
Digital distributor The Orchard has acquired two of its rivals: European firm Finetunes and Nordic company Phonofile, in the latest bout of consolidation in the music-distribution space. The latter two companies had merged...
May 4, 2017
Voltra takes on Bandcamp with 100% artist rev-share
This is an obvious point for Music Ally readers, but while we’re in a transition from sales to streams and ownership to access, that doesn’t mean sales and ownership of music are entirely dead concepts – particularly...
March 22, 2017
10 things Label Worx learned from its first decade
Independent distribution, promotion and royalty accounting company Label Worx, based in Hull, marks its tenth anniversary this summer. Co-founders Chris Chambers and Matt Abbott met when working as DJs in 2004 and set...
March 15, 2017
Soundrop back as distro platform for YouTube artists
We first knew Soundrop as a consumer-focused startup offering social ‘listening rooms’ for music-streaming users, before it later pivoted into marketing tool Show.co. In October 2015 it reappeared as an independent...
February 7, 2017
FUGA talks US expansion, exclusives and the value gap
Independent distributor FUGA has opened a US office and signed up hip-hop label Tommy Boy Entertainment as its first big-name client. The company, headquartered in Amsterdam, also has staff in Paris, London and Singapore. This...
October 18, 2016