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Beggars Group revenues rose slightly in 2017

Independent label Beggars Group has published its financial results for 2017, and they reveal a 2.6% rise in its annual revenues to £72.4m (around $94.7m), with a net profit of just under £7m compared to £11.9m in 2016. In...
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Facebook strikes more deals focusing on independent labels

Facebook announced its latest set of music-licensing deals on Friday, with independent labels the latest frontier for its (currently) UGC-focused efforts. Beggars Group, PIAS and Ingrooves were the latest partners, as...
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RoboPop: how will AI and machine-learning affect the music industry?

From copyright, production and A&R to consumption, sync and advertising, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning are already having an impact on the modern music industry. A panel at AIM's Music Connected conference...
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Beggars Group China strategy: ‘We have a real issue with exclusivity’

“China was my hobby for the best part of 10 years: something which the company allowed me to run as a hobby on the side as long as I wasn’t spending too much money. It was five years before we made any money whatsoever,...
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How does UK radio and streaming-playlist plugging work in 2018?

What’s more important for an independent artist in 2018: getting A-listed by prominent radio stations, or bagging some prominent slots on the playlists curated by Spotify and Apple Music? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con...
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Beggars Group, AEI Media and Atlantic Records talk modern-day music companies

Is it too much to hope that we've seen the last 'death of labels' story in the modern music industry? Labels aren't dying as an industry entity, but they are evolving in interesting ways, as are management companies, publishers...
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How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era? (#SlushMusic)

“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed. We’ve always given stuff away to sell something. But that mindset in the consumption world...
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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile launch ‘mixtape exchange’

We’re big fans of the recent album by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, and we’re also impressed by the inventive Spotify-fuelled marketing campaign around it. So is Spotify: the streaming service has featured the campaign...
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Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patience

If nothing else, the 2017 edition of A2IM’s Indie Week—a gathering on New York City’s Lower East Side of over 800 representatives across the indie music spectrum, from labels and publishers to distributors, streaming...
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Indie labels talk tech: startups, bots, virtual reality and more

Messaging bots, virtual reality and other whizzy new technologies have potential for the music industry, but how will that play out for independent labels and artists, who rarely have large R&D budgets? That was the key...
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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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Music and brands: tips from Vice, Converse and Levi’s

You know the hardy perennials of any conference panel on brands and music: it’s not just about a big cheque; it has to be authentic; it has to be a meeting of creative minds, etc. Would the ‘I’m With The Brand’...