Warner Music’s ADA expands its business to Japan
WMG's distribution division ADA is expanding again: this time to the world's second largest recorded music market. ADA is opening up in Japan just a month after launching its ADA Asia arm in Singapore, while in July the...
October 19, 2020
Songtrust and Highvibes want to get African songwriters paid
One of the most interesting things about the African music industries in 2020 is the way their structures – from artist deals to distribution to royalty pipelines – are being constructed at a rapid pace. All the...
September 30, 2020
TuneCore encourages artists to upload music to TikTok for free
The latest distributor to announce a partnership with TikTok is TuneCore, which hopes its latest promotion will tempt more artists into putting their music on the social app. Between 22 and 29 September, TuneCore artists...
September 23, 2020
TuneCore expands into Brazil and Russia with new offices
One of the music distribution trends of recent years has been aggressive geographic expansion, as distributors look to gain footholds in burgeoning new markets for music streaming – or those anticipated to grow rapidly...
September 16, 2020
JioSaavn’s Amplify offers direct distribution to emerging artists
Indian streaming service JioSaavn is launching a new scheme offering direct distribution to emerging, unsigned artists. It's part of its existing 'Artist Originals' initiative, and is called 'Amplify'. It'll encourage...
September 15, 2020
WMG’s ADA Worldwide follows LatAm expansion with Asia launch
Warner Music Group's distribution arm ADA Worldwide is on an expansion drive. In July, it launched ADA Latin to oversee Latin America and Latin music in the US as well as Spain and Portugal. Now it's turning its attention...
September 15, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: Mime takes the music business hyper-local
Made In Memphis Entertainment (Mime), launched in 2015, has a quietly radical idea at its core: 'disruptive decentralisation'. It's about creating a root-and-branch alternative to the traditional music business structure....
August 31, 2020
Music distribution and services firm Stem raises $10m
Stem is the US-based company that combines tools helping musicians to track their royalties with distribution to digital music services. It has just raised a funding round of $10m from investors including Coach K, the...
August 27, 2020
AWAL says ‘hundreds’ of its artists now earn $100k+ a year from streaming
Music distributor AWAL says that "hundreds" of its artists now earn more than $100k a year from streaming, and that this number (of artists) has grown by more than 40% in the last year. The company also said that "dozens"...
August 19, 2020
TikTok teams up with UnitedMasters for first distribution deal
TikTok has already shown its potential as a talent pool of young musicians, who can show off their skills, build an audience and then parlay this into label deals – as a growing number are doing. But TikTok’s latest...
August 18, 2020
Dolby and Avid get into the music distribution game
Digital music distribution is still a standalone business: either as an independent company or within the umbrella of a major label. But distribution is also a feature for a growing number of technology companies: whether...
July 30, 2020