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Smaller channels gauging impact of YouTube’s new policies

As of 20 February, YouTube’s new monetisation policies went into effect, with channels required to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch-time in the last year before they are allowed to be ‘monetised’...
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Apple not a stakeholder in Doug Morris’ new music label

Could the next keynote speaker at A2IM’s Indie Week or AIM’s Indie-Con be Doug Morris? Don’t laugh: the Sony Music chairman is reportedly leaving the world of the majors at the end of March to launch an independent...
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Bandcamp paid out more than $70m to independent artists in 2017

Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has published its annual review of its business, including the stat that its all-time payments to artists are now past the $270m mark. That compares to nearly $200m at the end of 2016, meaning...
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A&R in the digital age: ‘Learn with your artist and be open to admitting your mistakes’

In a world of streaming, social networks and the ability for any artist to get their music up on digital platforms, how is the role of the label A&R evolving? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today addressed...
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Record labels, huh? What are they good for in 2018?

If Music Ally had a pound for every time we’d heard someone predicting The Death Of The Label, we’d have enough money by now to buy at least two of the majors.
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Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Records

In late January, former Playlists.net and Warner Music Group executive Kieron Donoghue launched his new venture, a ‘streaming-first’ independent label called Humble Angel Records. He promised royalty payout rates for...
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Coldcut on 30 years of innovation: ‘We are finally growing up’

30 years ago, Matt Black and Jon More met on the mixtape and rare-groove scenes in London and formed Coldcut as a rolling music, technology, art and politics project. They had enormous hits in 1988 with ‘Doctorin' the...
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Bandcamp launches new app for its artists and labels

Bandcamp has launched a new Android and iOS app, but this one isn’t for its customers, it’s for the artists and labels using the platform to sell their music. “It gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats,...
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WIN report claims independent labels now have 38.4% global market share

Independent-music trade body WIN has published its second annual ‘WINTEL’ report on the global music market. Its headline claim is that indie labels increased their market share of global recorded-music sales from 37.5%...
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Producer Youth talks tech: ‘The best AI you can have is your imagination’

Finding success initially with Killing Joke in the 1970s, Youth (or, as per his passport, Martin Glover) has produced a dizzying array of acts over the years. Notable clients include The Verve and Take That, with his remix...
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Australian indie labels claim 30% recorded market-share

Australian industry body AIR has co-published a report with Deloitte that claims independent labels account for 30% of the $400m recorded-music industry there. Among the report’s other headline claims: 44% of those indies’...
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Inside the ‘Browse pitching process’ for Spotify

Cash Music’s blog has published a long piece exploring the evolving environment of Spotify playlists, from an independent standpoint concerned about the role major labels are playing. There’s some good detail: for...