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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...
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Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patience

If nothing else, the 2017 edition of A2IM’s Indie Week—a gathering on New York City’s Lower East Side of over 800 representatives across the indie music spectrum, from labels and publishers to distributors, streaming...
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Life as a young European indie label in 2017 (#midem)

We’re pleased that independent labels are getting stage time at this year’s Midem conference. The latest example was a session this morning of young European labels sharing their experiences. Andreas Ryser of Mouthwatering...
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How indie labels cut through the noise in 2017 (#midem)

More music is being released by more artists than ever before in 2017, while streaming services are upping their efforts to provide human and algorithmic curation. How are independent labels cutting through all the noise...
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How can indie music companies succeed in streaming? (#midem)

Major labels are enjoying surging streaming revenues: industry site MBW recently calculated that Universal, Sony and Warner generated more than $1bn from streaming in the first quarter of 2017 alone. What about independent...
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Streaming’s indie opportunities: ‘Niche on a global basis isn’t small…’

With yesterday's IFPI Global Music Report and its press conference featuring Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, we know that major labels are happy with the evolution of music-streaming. But what about independent...
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Merlin boss Charles Caldas: ‘The majors seem to be three years behind us’

Charles Caldas, CEO of indie licensing agency Merlin, sees a host of digital opportunities for independent music companies in the year ahead – but also some looming threats. Caldas gave a keynote speech at indie body...
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Indie labels renew Spotify licensing deal with ‘parity of access’

Spotify recently agreed a new licensing deal with Universal Music, although it remains locked in negotiations with rivals Sony Music and Warner Music. But what about the 'fourth major' – independent labels, as represented...
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Voltra takes on Bandcamp with 100% artist rev-share

This is an obvious point for Music Ally readers, but while we’re in a transition from sales to streams and ownership to access, that doesn’t mean sales and ownership of music are entirely dead concepts – particularly...
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WIN launches report analysing global chart reporting

Global indies body WIN is publishing a new report focusing on charts around the world. It’s called the ‘WIN Global Chart Report 2017’, and draws on data from the body’s own WINTEL research as well as the IFPI’s...
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Chance the Rapper claims Apple exclusivity payment of $500k

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ was a big independent success story of 2016, albeit one backed by an exclusive deal with one of the biggest companies in the world: Apple. On Friday, Chance responded to questions...