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How indie labels cut through the noise in 2017 (#midem)

More music is being released by more artists than ever before in 2017, while streaming services are upping their efforts to provide human and algorithmic curation. How are independent labels cutting through all the noise...
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How can indie music companies succeed in streaming? (#midem)

Major labels are enjoying surging streaming revenues: industry site MBW recently calculated that Universal, Sony and Warner generated more than $1bn from streaming in the first quarter of 2017 alone. What about independent...
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Streaming’s indie opportunities: ‘Niche on a global basis isn’t small…’

With yesterday's IFPI Global Music Report and its press conference featuring Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, we know that major labels are happy with the evolution of music-streaming. But what about independent...
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Merlin boss Charles Caldas: ‘The majors seem to be three years behind us’

Charles Caldas, CEO of indie licensing agency Merlin, sees a host of digital opportunities for independent music companies in the year ahead – but also some looming threats. Caldas gave a keynote speech at indie body...
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Indie labels renew Spotify licensing deal with ‘parity of access’

Spotify recently agreed a new licensing deal with Universal Music, although it remains locked in negotiations with rivals Sony Music and Warner Music. But what about the 'fourth major' – independent labels, as represented...
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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...
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WIN launches report analysing global chart reporting

Global indies body WIN is publishing a new report focusing on charts around the world. It’s called the ‘WIN Global Chart Report 2017’, and draws on data from the body’s own WINTEL research as well as the IFPI’s...
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Chance the Rapper claims Apple exclusivity payment of $500k

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ was a big independent success story of 2016, albeit one backed by an exclusive deal with one of the biggest companies in the world: Apple. On Friday, Chance responded to questions...
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Bandcamp quadrupled signups by removing ‘fan account’ restrictions

The number of people signing up to Bandcamp quadrupled after it dropped its requirement for people to make a purchase before they could get a ‘fan account’ on the music site. Until recently, the restriction meant that...
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Tips for independent artists to make the most of merch

From signed CDs and topical t-shirts to snapbacks and fire-starting jigsaw puzzles, merchandise is a vital income stream for independent artists. How to make the most of it? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London...
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Indie #1: How the Passenger album topped the UK charts

Spoiler alert! Passenger's seventh studio album 'Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea' went to number one in the UK last autumn, despite competing with new albums by Bruce Springsteen and Shawn Mendes. At AIM's Indie-Con...
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Breaking a band in 2017: ‘1m streams on Spotify is not enough’

Breaking new artists is the lifeblood of labels, and independent labels are often the wildcatters of the industry, uncovering cutting-edge genres and artists and being the first to bring them to a wider audience. A panel...