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WMG to buy EMP Merchandising for $180m as standalone D2C unit

Warner Music Group has made a big move in the merchandise game, announcing plans to acquire German firm EMP Merchandising. The deal would see EMP becoming a standalone direct-to-fan business unit within WMG's artist-and-label...
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Sandbox Issue 204: INSTAGRA-Merch

Lead: Instagram has over 800m monthly active users and is the preferred social platform for most artists – mainly because Twitter is becoming an ideological cesspit and organic reach (not to mention privacy) on Facebook...
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Debating the future for music merch and direct-to-fan sales

From merchandise and ticketing to crowdfunding, modern music artists have more options than ever to go ‘direct to fan’ and build a sustainable income to complement their recordings. But how can they make the most of...
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Opus Play unlocks digital content when fans buy merch

The Opus Play app launched quietly for iOS earlier this year, and offers an interesting spin on persuading fans to buy physical merchandise for artists they like. “Merchandise that is Opus-enabled comes with a unique...
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Universal opens new catalogue store

UDiscoverMusic is the new D2C site set up by Universal Music to exploit its considerable catalogue division, with an emphasis not just on high-ticket boxset but also on discovery and contextual analysis of the artists in...
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Music Glue talks D2C music: ‘We are leaving billions on the table’

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) or direct-to-fan (D2F) marketing and retail are nothing new, but the music industry is walking away from several fortunes by failing to give them a strong user experience, according to Music Glue...
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BandPage now driving 1m music fans a month to artist stores

D2C firm BandPage has announced its latest milestone: it says it is sending more than 1m fans a month to musicians’ own stores via its partnerships with Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Vevo and other music services. The company...
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PledgeMusic president hails Apple Music D2C implications

There were a fair few critics of Apple Music last week, but direct-to-fan firm PledgeMusic’s president Benji Rogers is a fan. In a blog post on the company’s site, he has explained why, calling Apple’s new service “one...
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LyricFind adds BandPage integration

Lyric licensing company LyricFind has added BandPage integration that allows artists to include tour information, links to their D2C stores and biographies alongside lyric requests from the former’s partner sites.
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Topspin confirms 44% of its staff have been laid off

Not quite half, then, but Topspin’s confirmation to Billboard that 14 employees are to lose their jobs – 44% of its staff
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MidemLab finalist Capsule.fm launches Early Edition iPhone app

German startup Capsule.fm is one of this year's MidemLab finalists in the D2C sales and content monetisation category, but its iPhone app went live in the App Store over the weekend.
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Topspin serves 1m artist ads through ArtistLink Promo Exchange

Earlier this month, D2C firm Topspin introduced a new feature called ArtistLink Promo Exchange,