The latest major-indie distribution deal will see Universal Music Group distributing the catalogue of indie Glassnote Entertainment Group globally, apart from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. UMG boss Lucian Grainge claimed Glassnote founder Daniel Glass “represents the kind of innovation and creativity that defines who we are and who we aspire to be as an organisation”, while Glass replied in kind: “Lucian understood our vision from the start and his embrace of passionate, creative, entrepreneurs makes Universal the perfect home for our companies.” We’ll be interested to hear indie licensing body Merlin’s thoughts on the deal, though: its CEO Charles Caldas has strongly criticised the way distribution deals may be enabling major labels to overstate their market share when making licensing demands of streaming music services.

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