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Midia says indie market shares may be higher than thought

All is not quite as it seems, according to a new report by Midia, which says it undertook a “large-scale, global survey of independent labels"
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Independent labels took 26% market share in UK last year

British label bodies the BPI and Aim are trumpeting the market share taken by independent labels in 2020. That share grew to just under 26% last year as measured by ‘album equivalent sales’, a metric blending streams...
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Pias says it stays ‘fully independent’ despite UMG deal

More consolidation of the independent distribution sector by the major labels? Well, not quite, but Universal Music Group’s ‘strategic global alliance’ with independent firm Pias is an intriguing move as the majors...
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Major labels and Merlin’s share of Spotify streams is falling

Spotify’s latest financial filing is being picked over for interesting trends, and one of those is the combined share of streams for the catalogues of the three major labels, plus the independent catalogue licensed...
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Monstercat buys Silk Music to create its third brand

Monstercat remains one of the most interesting independent labels in terms of the partnerships it’s striking with the games industry. Now it’s also flexing its acquisition muscles. Monstercat has bought fellow...
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One Little Indian Records becomes One Little Independent Records

British independent label One Little Indian Records was the home of Björk, Skunk Anansie, Crass and other artists. Why the past tense? Because One Little Indian is no more: the label has changed its name to One Little Independent...
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Positive coronavirus-related music industry news

Today, there’s a lot of positive coronavirus-related stories from our industry. Start with European indie body Impala, which has launched a ‘COVID-19 Task Force’ to coordinate the independent sector’s...
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Indie body WIN reveals its five new board members

Global independent-labels trade body WIN has held elections for its board of directors, with five new executives joining the board. Francesca Trainini (PMI), Garry West (Compass Records), Jörg Heidemann (VUT), Lisa Levy...
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Beatport has now paid out $300m to independent labels

Dance-focused digital service Beatport has published an infographic to celebrate its 16 years in operation, and it includes some new figures from the company’s business. The biggie is that Beatport claims to have paid out...
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Co-ordination Manager – WIN – London

WIN (Worldwide Independent Network Ltd) wishes to hire a Co-ordination Manager, to start immediately. The job consists of a broad remit to assist the organisation in various aspects of administrative work and to provide support...
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Independents’ global share up to 39.9% claims Wintel report

Independent labels’ share of the global recorded-music market grew from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9% in 2017, according to trade body WIN’s latest Wintel report. WIN says that indie labels’ revenues grew by 10.9%...
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Indies protest as European Commission clears Sony / EMI publishing deal

The European Commission has given the green light to Sony’s proposed acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. “The Commission found the deal raises no competition concerns, in particular as it will not increase Sony’s...