Digital distributor TuneCore has also been shouting about its numbers for 2013, saying that it paid independent artists and labels $121m last year, up 19% year-on-year. The company says its total payments since its launch in 2006 are now $371m, based on more than 5bn downloads of its customers’ music. “We’ll continue to build on the momentum we created this year and support artists, managers and labels by expanding on the new initiatives launched in 2013,” said president and COO Scott Ackerman in a statement. 2013 was a bruising year for TuneCore on the corporate side, though: its co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells left the company acrimoniously, and proceeded to heckle its management vociferously from the sidelines, while also launching their new YouTube monetisation startup Audiam, which competes with part of TuneCore’s business.

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