eMusic ditches major labels to focus on independent music again
Five years after adding its first tracks from major labels, eMusic has removed it all to focus once again on independent music. “Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the...
September 30, 2014
PornHub now has its own record label
Earlier this year, we reported on Coolio’s comeback – although the rapper was notably grumpy about it being described as a comeback – via a deal to release a song with adult entertainment site PornHub. Now the site...
September 25, 2014
Microsoft will pay $2.5bn to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang
Minecraft has become a gaming phenomenon across PC, console and mobile devices in recent years, with more than 50m sales (and 100m total downloads once free users are taken into account) across all platforms. All of this...
September 18, 2014
Swedish indie label Blue Music Group withdraws from Spotify
A Swedish indie label focusing on avant-garde, classical, jazz and Nordic music is making headlines around the world – but not for its music. Instead, Blue Music Group is getting attention for whipping its catalogue off...
August 18, 2014
YouTube’s new music service might be called MusicKey
Things have gone quiet (publicly at least) on YouTube’s negotiations with independent labels for its upcoming subscription music service. However, news emerged at the weekend about its possible branding. It seems Google...
July 29, 2014
Brian Message says artists and managers need a seat at digital deals table
Last night we held our ‘I Can See Clearly Now: Transparency in the Digital Age’ debate in London. Among the speakers were manager Brian Message, who made a call for managers and artists to be more involved in...
July 21, 2014
A2IM boss criticises YouTube and major labels over licensing
US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich Bengloff certainly isn’t...
July 21, 2014
WIN steps up pressure on YouTube with ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’
With the row between YouTube and indie label bodies WIN and Impala still rumbling, WIN is keeping up the pressure on Google's video service with something it's calling The Fair Digital Deals Declaration. What's that? "A...
July 16, 2014
Kim Dotcom’s Baboom aiming to raise AU$4.5m from investor
Who would invest in Kim Dotcom? Well, the internet mogul might not be the ideal candidate for VC funding given his ongoing extradition issues, but he’s hoping to raise AU$4.5m ($4.2m) from investors as part of an Australian...
July 15, 2014
Merge Records gets 25th anniversary promotion on Google Play
While the YouTube v indies row continues to simmer, other parts of Google’s business are working more positively with independent labels. The Google Play store has a new promotion this week for US indie Merge Records,...
July 10, 2014
Sub Pop launches its own radio channel on TuneIn
Here’s an interesting deal: famed independent label Sub Pop has launched its own radio station on TuneIn, the website and app that has more than 50m active listeners. The label is programming the new channel just like...
July 8, 2014
Blue Note Records gets own iTunes destination and radio station
Pioneering jazz label Blue Note Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and those celebrations include a partnership with Apple for a stronger presence on its iTunes store. There’s now a Blue Note destination page...
July 8, 2014