AIM Sync conference to go virtual for its 30 March event
UK indie body AIM was due to hold its annual AIM Sync conference on 30 March, but for understandable reasons, it’s not going ahead as a physical event. However, it will still happen digitally: “a live and interactive...
March 26, 2020
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...
March 20, 2020
Tencent Music talks album sales and independent artists
Earlier this week we reported on Tencent Music’s latest financial results, including the news that it now has 39.9 million paying users for online music. Note, that’s not just ‘subscribers’, because...
March 20, 2020
ERA boss delivers warning: ‘More music is not better music’
The theme of UK indie body AIM’s AIM Connected conference this week was ‘strong opinions’, and Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) boss Kim Bayley absolutely did not disappoint on that score. Her speech offered...
February 6, 2020
Ninja Tune MD on the climate emergency: ‘We need to step up’
Peter Quicke isn’t just the managing director of independent label Ninja Tune and chair of British indies body AIM. He’s also a co-founder of Music Declares Emergency, the working group set up last year to drive the music...
February 5, 2020
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...
January 22, 2020
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...
January 22, 2020
Indie artists have doubled their share of Napster’s top 100
Napster is the latest music-streaming service putting out some end-of-year statistics. However, it has chosen a different topic to the usual ‘most popular artists / tracks’ DSP data dumps. Napster has been looking...
December 20, 2019
Transgressive Records at 15: ‘Sometimes great things take time…’
On paper, 2004 was one of the worst years in living memory to set up a record label. The decade-and-a-half decline in recorded-music revenues was well underway, with CD sales falling off a cliff. And the main lifeline in...
October 4, 2019
Pandora adds new music submission tool for independent artists
Spotify’s attempt (since abandoned) to allow artists to upload their music directly to its platform without a distributor caused a stir, but some other streaming services have been offering a similar feature for a long...
August 22, 2019
MelodyVR signs licensing deals with Beggars Group and Domino
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR has added another two labels to its roster of licensing partners: independents Beggars Group and Domino. The deals were announced this morning by MelodyVR’s parent company EVR Holdings,...
August 8, 2019
Merlin CEO steps down after another record payouts year
The boss of indie licensing agency Merlin will step down at the end of 2019. Charles Caldas revealed the news yesterday, having led the organisation since its earliest days in 2007. It’s an amicable life-choice decision,...
June 19, 2019