Distributors start to respond to Spotify’s direct-uploads tool
You'll hopefully have seen our story yesterday on Spotify's new tests of a tool for artists to directly upload their music to its platform - including our thoughts on why it's less a distributor-killer, and more just the...
September 21, 2018
Spotify tests tool for artists to upload their music directly
Spotify is testing a tool that will enable independent artists and labels to upload their music directly to the streaming service, without having to go through a distributor. The company has quietly been testing this tool...
September 20, 2018
Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso
A blockchain-ready music distributor? But of course: it’s 2018 after all. The platform in question will be called Muso when it launches by early 2019, and it’s the work of a startup based in Malaysia called Thenexus. “Low...
August 6, 2018
TuneCore adds Facebook and Instagram monetisation feature
TuneCore has become the latest distributor to help its clients make money from usage of their music on Facebook and Instagram. “Facebook Monetisation is 100% free for TuneCore Artists – simply head to your dashboard,...
July 20, 2018
Sound Royalties launches funding program for distributors
Music-finance firm Sound Royalties has unveiled its latest funding program: this one aimed at music distributors – and by extension, to independent labels. It’s called The Edge Funding Program. “For independent...
May 22, 2018
Kobalt promises $150m investment for AWAL recordings business
Kobalt is making AWAL the brand for its entire recordings division, while promising to invest $150m and hire 100 more staff to build up that side of the business. Kobalt acquired digital distributor AWAL in 2012, as it...
March 8, 2018
CD Baby’s parent company buys AdRev and DashGo
The parent company of distributor CD Baby has executed a mini-rollup of B2B services. AVL Digital Group has acquired AudioMicro, which in turn owns YouTube-monetisation tool AdRev and label-services provider DashGo, as well...
January 10, 2018
Mastering startup Landr is now a digital distributor too
Startup Landr made its name as a drag’n’drop service for mastering tracks. Now it has expanded into distributing those tracks too, as a direct rival for the various independent distributors already in that market. “We...
July 31, 2017
Sony Music tipped for up-to-$444m acquisition of Believe Digital
Sony Music appears to be in pole position to acquire independent digital distributor Believe Digital. Japanese site Nikkei Asian Review reported over the weekend that the deal could be worth between $355m and $444m if...
July 17, 2017
TuneCore closes in on $1bn download and streaming payouts
Digital distributor TuneCore is preparing for its biggest milestone yet: $1bn paid out to artists from download and streaming revenues since it was founded in 2005. It’s not there yet: a newly-launched ‘Billion Dollar...
June 27, 2017
Distributors talk music streaming: ADA, The Orchard and more (#midem)
The rise of grime in the UK, with many of its prominent artists choosing to release through digital distributors rather than seek traditional label deals, has been a potent reminder of the potential of distributors – especially...
June 6, 2017
The Orchard buys Finetunes and Phonofile… but Merlin protests
Digital distributor The Orchard has acquired two of its rivals: European firm Finetunes and Nordic company Phonofile, in the latest bout of consolidation in the music-distribution space. The latter two companies had merged...
May 4, 2017