12m SoundCloud creators get heard every month (but 13m don’t)
This year’s Midem music industry conference is online-only, with new video sessions being published daily this week. One of today’s crop sees SoundCloud’s Kerry Trainor, Downtown Music’s Justin Kalifowitz...
June 3, 2020
Music-making app Endlesss is launching its own record label
We’ve written about music-making app Endlesss several times: CEO Tim Exile told us last July about his plans to help people collaborate on tunes from their phones, and the Endlesss app launched officially in March...
May 29, 2020
Record Labels explain what they want from music/tech startups
Whether major or independent, music labels are keen to talk to any startup who can help them find new ways to deliver music, build audiences for their artists, and make their businesses as efficient as possible. For the...
May 27, 2020
Spotify for Artists is now for their labels too
The Spotify for Artists dashboard is no longer just for artists. “We’re bringing artist teams, labels and distributors to Spotify for Artists so you can manage your profile, see and analyze your data and pitch to...
May 18, 2020
TikTok spikes persuade more labels to change track titles
Earlier this year in our piece about how we worked with Atlanta rapper K Camp to capitalise on the TikTok success of his track ‘Lottery’, we explained that changing its title on streaming services to ‘Lottery...
April 20, 2020
Apple Music launches $50m advances fund for independent labels
Apple Music has created a $50m fund to provide advances on future royalties to independent labels, as part of its relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. A letter sent to labels and independent distributors explained...
April 8, 2020
TikTok has label licences, but publishers are threatening to sue
We reported last week on TikTok signing short-term licensing deals with major labels, as a bridge to longer agreements at a later date. However, Bytedance’s social app still has some licensing headaches on the publishing...
April 6, 2020
Super-bundle plans reportedly missing from Apple Music’s new deals
Amid all the blow-by-blow speculation about the progress of Spotify’s licensing renewals with major labels, it’s been easy to forget that – sit down for this revelation – other streaming services also have...
March 13, 2020
Label-led piracy lawsuit against ISP Grande is postponed
The latest label-led copyright infringement lawsuit against an ISP in the US was focusing on Texan ISP Grande Communications. However the case has been postponed until September. The reason given was that the court only...
March 9, 2020
Labels roll out new policies in response to coronavirus
Major labels are beginning to place restrictions on international travel for their staff, in the face of the spreading coronavirus outbreak. Billboard reported on a Universal Music Group internal memo explaining that “for...
March 4, 2020
Speculation continues over Spotify’s label licensing talks
It’s a fact that Spotify’s ‘two-sided marketplace’ strategy – including launching more paid promotional tools for labels and artists – is a key part of its latest round of licensing renewals. “One of the primary...
March 3, 2020
Stem launches ’Scale’ feature for artist and label advances
Distributor Stem is the latest non-label company to start offering advances to its clients – although in this case, those clients include independent labels as well as individual artists. Its new feature is called ‘Scale’,...
February 28, 2020