Distributors on the move: The Orchard Japan plus Ditto X tour
Two prominent music distributors are announcing their latest globetrotting plans. For The Orchard, that means opening an office in Tokyo to fully establish The Orchard Japan. It’ll be led by former Amazon Music exec Yuuki...
August 22, 2019
FUGA acquires rights-management platform Songspace
Distributor FUGA is getting its wallet out again: this time with an acquisition of Nashville-based rights-management firm Songspace. Billed as “your online song catalogue”, the company promises musicians that its tool...
July 31, 2019
Gojë Music distributor wants to help African artists go global
There’s a lot of excitement in 2019 around the digital-music ecosystem that’s being built in Africa, both in terms of streaming services for people to listen there, and the business infrastructure required to help African...
July 29, 2019
Boomy will help people upload AI-made music to streaming services
Boomy is one of the startups exploring AI-generated music, and launched in beta earlier this year. Now it’s emerging from that beta period, with test users having already created more than 100k songs using its technology....
July 25, 2019
Believe using ACRCloud to spot fake music before it’s distributed
Believe is the latest distributor to reveal how it plans to crack down on anyone attempting to upload other artists’ already-copyrighted music to digital music services through its pipeline. Believe has chosen Chinese firm...
July 16, 2019
Amuse-commissioned study explores independent-artist revenues
Midia Research’s latest report explores the burgeoning independent-artists sector, commissioned by one of the companies – Amuse – that’s trying to help those independent artists break through. Some of its findings...
July 11, 2019
Spotify closes its direct-upload test for artists
In September 2018, Spotify started testing a new tool for artists to upload their music to its platform directly, without needing a distributor, let alone a label. At the time, the test was with “a few hundred” US-based...
July 1, 2019
Distributor DistroKid steps up its fight against fake uploaders
After a spate of old and/or leaked songs from famous artists making their way onto streaming services without their permission, distributors are taking action. DistroKid has just revealed a partnership with audio-fingerprinting...
June 13, 2019
Ditto Music preps Bluebox platform to ‘streamline the supply chain’
A couple of weeks ago Lee Parsons, the CEO of distributor Ditto Music, posted on LinkedIn about his recent appearance at a blockchain event in Bangkok. “Could Ditto Music have an announcement coming up? Watch this space,”...
May 17, 2019
TuneCore reaches $1.5bn payouts, cites YouTube and Africa growth
Music distributor TuneCore has hit its latest milestone: $1.5bn of distribution revenue for its independent artists. That’s after earnings of $83m in the first quarter of 2019, up 21% year-on-year. This follows a 28% increase...
April 30, 2019
Fuga joins preferred-distributor lists of Spotify and Apple Music
Spotify and Apple Music have both updated their lists of ‘preferred’ music distributors in recent weeks, with Fuga the prominent new addition to both. The company is now listed alongside The Orchard as a “preferred...
April 17, 2019