Tag: cd baby
CD Baby artists earned more than $100m in royalties in 2018
Distributor CD Baby has published a big figure for its business in 2018: “well over” $100m of payouts to earnings for the independent artists who use its service. (Update: ‘earnings’ is a more accurate way...
January 9, 2019
CD Baby has solo pianists making $7k-$10k a month from streaming services
It’s hardly a secret that one of the most lucrative genres of music – certainly in terms of the ratio of production costs versus potential royalties – is relaxing piano music. That’s thanks to the growth of...
November 5, 2018
CD Baby’s parent company buys AdRev and DashGo
The parent company of distributor CD Baby has executed a mini-rollup of B2B services. AVL Digital Group has acquired AudioMicro, which in turn owns YouTube-monetisation tool AdRev and label-services provider DashGo, as well...
January 10, 2018
CD Baby joins the pre-saves party on Spotify
In December 2016, Kobalt launched a campaign for Laura Marling that enabled fans to ‘pre-save’ her next album, automatically adding it (and its advance tracks) to their Spotify playlists as soon as they were available. Since...
October 23, 2017
Dot Blockchain partners with SOCAN, Songtrust and more
Startup Dot Blockchain launched the alpha version of its ‘minimum viable product’ to apply blockchain technology to music last year. Now it has announced four deals with music industry companies to further its ambitions. Canadian...
February 2, 2017
JoinMyPlaylist gives playlists a social-listening spin
Remember Soundrop? The Norwegian startup was one of the first to explore making streaming playlists more social, turning them into ‘listening rooms’ for fans to gather in. Its service was eventually shut down as the company...
December 7, 2016
CD Baby buys Show.co and Soundrop
Music distributor CD Baby has snapped up digital marketing tool Show.co and its Soundrop platform, for an undisclosed amount. The company started off as Soundrop, a consumer-focused service that blended chat-rooms and playlist...
November 28, 2016
CD Baby founder criticises Pandora over songwriter royalties
Pandora is getting it in the neck again over royalties – this time from the founder of distribution firm CD Baby. In an op-ed for TechCrunch, Derek Sivers points out that Pandora only pays “barely four percent” of its...
June 15, 2015
CD Baby joins the MCN bandwagon with Illustrated Sound
One of the main trends in the world of digital music distribution over the last year or two has been the companies in this space moving into YouTube – either as a logical extension to their royalty-collecting roles, or...
June 5, 2015
Zoe Keating publishes her Spotify payouts again
“It’s been a while & a journalist asked, so I put my latest Spotify royalty payments online: Jan 2013 to May 2015,” tweeted musician Zoe Keating last night, with a link to her latest Google Doc listing her streaming...
May 22, 2015
AdRev’s new president: ‘YouTube is a bright shining light’
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the president of a company whose business is YouTube monetisation is impressed by Google’s video service. Still, at a time when friction between YouTube and the music industry...
August 28, 2014