Ditto launches Opulous decentralised finance scheme for artists
Ditto CEO Lee Parsons sparked some heated online discussions last month with his ‘There’s never been a better time to be a recording artist‘ article. He claimed that over 500 of the distributor’s artists...
February 1, 2021
DistroKid’s ‘Upstream’ wants to match artists with labels
Distributor DistroKid is over-egging things a bit by saying its new ‘Upstream’ feature is “the world’s first matchmaking service that helps artists and labels find each other”. But it’s...
January 29, 2021
Distributors expand: Ingrooves to Africa and Symphonic to Brazil
Where there are high-potential markets for recorded music, there are global distributors opening offices and getting boots on the ground. The latest two examples concern Ingrooves and Symphonic Distribution. Ingrooves has...
January 8, 2021
Sony Music buys label services company Human Re-Sources
All three major labels have been thinking hard (and taking action) for some time to beef up their strategies around distribution and label services. The latest example being Sony Music’s acquisition of Human Re Sources,...
December 7, 2020
Sandbox Issue 265: Distributors’ New Playlist Game-Plan
Lead: Distributors’ New Playlist Game-Plan: Distributors, keen to place songs onto powerful playlists, are becoming much more proactive in their approach – whether that means building standalone playlist brands with...
November 25, 2020
Believe reportedly eyeing a 2021 IPO at $2.4bn valuation
It's nearly two and a half years since distributor Believe was being tipped for an acquisition by Sony Music to the tune of $355m-$444m. The deal never came to pass, and that's looking like a good decision for Believe now. Reuters...
November 13, 2020
Amuse expands its Fast Forward royalty advances service
Distributor Amuse launched its Fast Forward scheme in February 2019 as a way to pay artists up to six months of royalties in advance, based on its estimates of their future earnings. The company now says that hundreds...
October 28, 2020
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 AO Labs 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 'AO Labs'. It'll encourage...
September 15, 2020