TuneCore CEO: YouTube is not the enemy – it’s a goldmine of ‘found money’
As the major labels tanks rumble towards YouTube’s lawn, TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman claims that independently distributed artists are increasingly seeing the video channel as both a goldmine and the greatest marketing...
June 1, 2016
TuneCore to host DIY day at The Great Escape
Digital distributor TuneCore will be co-hosting a day of sessions at The Great Escape this weekend aimed at independent and emerging musicians. CMU:DIY is being held on 21 May at the Brighton conference, in partnership...
May 16, 2016
TuneCore paid out $142m to artists in 2015
Digital distributor TuneCore says it paid out more than $142m to artists in 2015, up 7% year-on-year. That included rises of 47% for publishing income and 57% for sync revenues for its clients, based on 26bn streams and...
February 12, 2016
Believe Digital: Spotify playlists can’t break an artist alone
Getting an artist featured on prominent Spotify playlists is not a recipe for streaming success on its own, according to James Farrelly, head of trade marketing for the UK and Ireland at music distributor Believe Digital. “Labels...
February 8, 2016
Distributors Phonofile and Finetunes merge as SendR
There’s more consolidation afoot in the digital music distribution market, with the news that Scandinavian firm Phonofile and German company Finetunes are merging. They’ll retain their separate identities, but under...
January 29, 2016
TuneCore hack is latest security warning for music firms
Digital music distributor TuneCore has joined the increasingly-long list of companies experiencing security breaches in 2015, with a hack attack in November that was announced by the company late last week. “We recently...
December 7, 2015
Believe Digital strikes Tencent deal for China distribution
Distributor Believe Digital is expanding into China via a partnership with Tencent. It’s an exclusive deal: the latter company will distribute Believe’s catalogue on its QQ Music service, while also sub-licensing it...
December 1, 2015
Finetunes strikes deals for Asian expansion
Digital distributor Finetunes has signed three new partnerships to boost its business in Asia. The German firm will be represented throughout the region by Singapore-based Cross Ratio Entertainment, which will be encouraging...
November 19, 2015
TuneCore sales and streams up 90% but payouts only up 6.1%
The music industry’s challenge in 2015 in a nutshell: more music is being consumed than ever before, but that growth in consumption isn’t yet matched by a similar growth in actual revenues. The latest figures from...
November 18, 2015
Nordic distributor Phonofile sets up shop in London
Nordic music distributor Phonofile is expanding to the UK, opening an office in London to complement its existing ones in Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen. The company has appointed Dan Garber from label and...
October 6, 2015
Classical music gets its own digital distributor: Dart Music
There’s a new digital distributor on the block, but Dart Music has a very specific focus: classical music. It will distribute classical works to digital music services, including the more-detailed metadata that this category...
September 29, 2015