Major label WMG now has… a president of independent music?
It may raise a few eyebrows to learn that major-label Warner Music Group now has an executive role whose title includes ‘president of independent music’. Actually, it’s not a surprise: the company’s...
February 7, 2019
CD Baby becomes ‘preferred’ distributor for SACM in Mexico
Distribution firm CD Baby has inked an interesting deal with publishing-rights organisation SACM in Mexico. “CD Baby will be offering free standard submissions to all registered SACM members,” explained the distributor....
January 23, 2019
Soundrop is investigating fake Beyoncé and SZA album-uploads
More details are emerging about the fake Beyoncé and SZA albums uploaded to streaming services just before Christmas, which gathered old tracks and unreleased demos from the artists under different artist names (Queen Carter...
January 7, 2019
FUGA talks expansion, experimentation and data drive
Four years ago, Amsterdam-based music distribution and marketing platform FUGA had just 12 employees and its only office was in the Netherlands. Since then, it has expanded to 90 staff, with offices in New York (opened...
December 7, 2018
Spotify invests in DistroKid as part of new distribution partnership
Spotify recently announced that it would be testing a direct-uploads tool with some artists, enabling them to get their music onto its service without a distributor or label. Now the company has expanded the initiative...
October 17, 2018
Ditto Music launches ‘Plus’ tier bundling added-value features
When we reported on Spotify’s launch of a direct-upload tool for artists, we set it in the context of the existing awareness within the music industry that bare-bones music-distribution is pretty much commodified already....
September 28, 2018
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