Artist Wisekid sparks fake album row with ‘Lasgidi Made’
The latest controversy around ‘fake’ albums is kicking up a rumpus in Nigeria. An artist called Wisekid released an album called ‘Lasgidi Made’, which started generating millions of streams. The only...
April 12, 2021
Apple leads $50m funding round for distributor UnitedMasters
Remember when Spotify invested in distributor DistroKid back in October 2018? Now its biggest rival is making a similar move. Yesterday, Apple led a $50m Series B funding round for UnitedMasters, alongside Alphabet (yes,...
April 1, 2021
Music Ally Startup Files: Freeme invests in Afrobeats’ bright future
Freeme - pronounced “free me” - is an independent distributor & label services company based in Lagos. Founder and CEO Michael Ugwu has international industry experience: he was previously general manager at Sony Music...
March 23, 2021
ADA Latin steps up its efforts with more distribution deals
Warner Music Group is celebrating the growth of ADA Latin, the Latin division of its in-house distributor, which launched in July last year. Helmed by former Music Ally exec Juan Paz, the new division has signed deals with...
March 19, 2021
Ditto Music adds NFTs to its Bluebox blockchain platform
Distributor Ditto Music is moving into NFTs, but its plans will enable fans to acquire shares in songs, rather than just digital artwork. The company has launched an ‘NFT exchange’ as part of its Bluebox royalties platform,...
March 18, 2021
TuneCore’s latest expansion is focused on Latin America
Distributor TuneCore’s global expansion continues, after a busy 12 months that has seen it open offices or sign partnerships in India, China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and Nigeria. Next on the Believe-owned company’s...
March 12, 2021
DistroKid artists can now license their music for Snapchat
Social platforms like TikTok and Snapchat have been doing some interesting deals with distributors in recent times. Snap’s partnership with DistroKid is the latest. It will enable artists putting music out through DistroKid...
March 9, 2021
CD Baby’s YouTube Music revenues more than doubled in 2020
Distributor CD Baby says that it collected more than $125m of streaming revenues for its artists in 2020, which was 13.9% year-on-year growth. As in 2019, Spotify accounted for the biggest share of those revenues: 40% in...
March 5, 2021
DistroKid will fast-track artists to Twitch affiliate status
Anyone can join Twitch, but you can’t start making decent money from it until you have ‘affiliate’ status, which unlocks features like channel subscriptions, bits and ad revenue sharing. DistroKid is the...
February 25, 2021
TuneCore opens South Africa and Nigeria offices for Africa launch
It’s quite the week for the rapidly-evolving streaming ecosystem across Africa, with Spotify launching in a number of countries there, and now distributor TuneCore getting up and running in the region too. The distributor...
February 25, 2021
UMG relaunches Virgin Music with indie services focus
Universal Music Group is relaunching the Virgin music brand as a new artist and label services division: its latest arm focused on the independent sector. For now, the relaunched brand will be operating in the US, Japan,...
February 19, 2021
Landr launches Sessions video calling app made for musicians
Having started life as an AI-powered mastering tool, Landr has expanded a lot in recent years: into distribution, for example. Its latest new service is called Sessions, not to be confused with the livestreaming startup of...
February 17, 2021