Sandbox Issue 213: Single-Minded. What Actually is a Single in 2018?
Lead: what exactly is a single in 2018? When any song can technically take on a life of its own now, there is a dizzying diversification in what could count as a single. We work through the main 14 (14!) types of “single”...
October 8, 2018
Sandbox Issue 210: Bounty Hunters. The Buried Treasure of Affiliate Marketing
Lead: Affiliate marketing in music used to mean taking a few pennies from download sales that you drove on iTunes or CDs that you pushed on Amazon. But with Apple Music offering significant bounties for driving subscriptions...
August 13, 2018
Facebook strikes more deals focusing on independent labels
Facebook announced its latest set of music-licensing deals on Friday, with independent labels the latest frontier for its (currently) UGC-focused efforts. Beggars Group, PIAS and Ingrooves were the latest partners, as...
April 23, 2018
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...
April 26, 2017
INgrooves boss highlights mixed impact of streaming on indie labels
INgrooves CEO Robb McDaniels is a supporter of streaming music, so his latest op-ed piece for Billboard is a positive take on the question of artist and label payouts.
January 29, 2014
Sandbox Issue sixty five: DIY FTW: Alex Day sounds out
DIY artist Alex Day outlines his tips on how artists can: genuinely go it alone without even having a manager; why the new breed of musicians are as tech- and business-savvy as they are musically creative; how a career in...
July 26, 2012
INgrooves Fontana and PledgeMusic in D2C partnership
Pledgemusic is working with digital distributor INgrooves Fontana on a "direct-to-fan retail channel" for INgrooves' label clients. The idea being that labels can create PledgeMusic fan-funding campaigns from within INgrooves'...
July 20, 2012
INgrooves buys Fontana Distribution from UMG
Fontana Distribution has been sold to digital distributor INgrooves for an undisclosed amount.
March 5, 2012
INgrooves boss defends streaming music services
INgrooves CEO Robb McDaniels is the latest industry figure to publish his views in the debate over streaming music services and cannibalisation.
February 7, 2012
Universal gets into the InGrooves
Digital distributor Ingrooves has announced a partnership with Universal Music whereby the Ingrooves One Digital platform will replace Universal's existing digital supply chain in North America
June 9, 2011
INgrooves signs Vevo deal for indie music videos
Digital distributor INgrooves has announced a licensing deal with Vevo, which will see videos from its stable of labels go live on the music videos portal. Artists going live today or soon include Cannibal Corpse, Shaggy,...
June 21, 2010