Bandcamp adds features for independent labels
Hot on the heels of its subscriptions option for artists, d2c site Bandcamp is now setting its sights on indie labels, with new features designed to help them make better use of the platform too. Costing $20 a month for...
December 18, 2014
YouTube signs indie labels after summer of anger
The drums are banging for the launch of YouTube’s long-anticipated subscription music service, and it seems that some of those will be indie drums after all. The Financial Times reported yesterday that YouTube has finally...
November 13, 2014
Drip.fm has raised its first round of funding
More than 40 labels are now using Drip.fm to run monthly subscription services for their keenest fans, and now the platform – launched by indie label Ghostly International – has raised its first funding. We don’t know...
November 7, 2014
eMusic ditches major labels to focus on independent music again
Five years after adding its first tracks from major labels, eMusic has removed it all to focus once again on independent music. “Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the...
September 30, 2014
PornHub now has its own record label
Earlier this year, we reported on Coolio’s comeback – although the rapper was notably grumpy about it being described as a comeback – via a deal to release a song with adult entertainment site PornHub. Now the site...
September 25, 2014
Microsoft will pay $2.5bn to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang
Minecraft has become a gaming phenomenon across PC, console and mobile devices in recent years, with more than 50m sales (and 100m total downloads once free users are taken into account) across all platforms. All of this...
September 18, 2014
Swedish indie label Blue Music Group withdraws from Spotify
A Swedish indie label focusing on avant-garde, classical, jazz and Nordic music is making headlines around the world – but not for its music. Instead, Blue Music Group is getting attention for whipping its catalogue off...
August 18, 2014
YouTube’s new music service might be called MusicKey
Things have gone quiet (publicly at least) on YouTube’s negotiations with independent labels for its upcoming subscription music service. However, news emerged at the weekend about its possible branding. It seems Google...
July 29, 2014
Brian Message says artists and managers need a seat at digital deals table
Last night we held our ‘I Can See Clearly Now: Transparency in the Digital Age’ debate in London. Among the speakers were manager Brian Message, who made a call for managers and artists to be more involved in...
July 21, 2014
A2IM boss criticises YouTube and major labels over licensing
US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich Bengloff certainly isn’t...
July 21, 2014
WIN steps up pressure on YouTube with ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’
With the row between YouTube and indie label bodies WIN and Impala still rumbling, WIN is keeping up the pressure on Google's video service with something it's calling The Fair Digital Deals Declaration. What's that? "A...
July 16, 2014
Kim Dotcom’s Baboom aiming to raise AU$4.5m from investor
Who would invest in Kim Dotcom? Well, the internet mogul might not be the ideal candidate for VC funding given his ongoing extradition issues, but he’s hoping to raise AU$4.5m ($4.2m) from investors as part of an Australian...
July 15, 2014