Steve Stoute: ‘If Drake goes independent, the music business is over…’
Shock news! The boss of a high-profile distributor that helps artists to operate outside the traditional label system reckons a big artist will soon decide to operate outside the traditional label system! Steve Stoute...
July 20, 2020
UnitedMasters Select gives artists 100% of their royalties
Music distributor UnitedMasters has launched a new tier for the artists who use its service. it's called UnitedMasters Select, and it'll cost them $5 a month – but will enable artists to keep 100% of the royalties for...
July 10, 2020
Apple Music, NBA and UnitedMasters launch Base:Line playlist
Apple Music’s latest curated playlist, Base:Line, is the result of a partnership with basketball body the NBA and distributor/artist-services firm UnitedMasters. According to Bloomberg, the new playlist will have 40 songs...
January 17, 2020
UnitedMasters CEO: ‘Artists have been getting robbed…’
As a company trying to persuade emerging artists that they don’t need a label, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see UnitedMasters’ execs taking potshots at the traditional label system. The latest, from CEO Steve...
August 2, 2019
UnitedMasters launches its iPhone app for music distribution
Distribution and artist-services firm UnitedMasters has launched its iPhone app, giving artists a way to upload music to its platform directly from their smartphones – artwork and metadata included. The app promises the...
July 5, 2019
UnitedMasters on label rivalry: ‘Everybody’s fighting against it’
A story on Billboard about 16 year-old artist NLE Choppa offers evidence that startup UnitedMasters is keen to shout about its status as a potential rival to labels. After more than 10m YouTube views for his track ‘Shotta...
February 18, 2019
UnitedMasters signs artist-promotions deal with the NBA
Ever since its famous $70m funding round last year, startup UnitedMasters has generated excitement and scepticism in equal measure, with people in the latter camp questioning whether it’s just a distributor with some...
November 9, 2018
UnitedMasters adds distribution to Spotify and Apple Music
Ever since it came out of stealth mode with $70m of funding from Alphabet, 21st Century Fox and VC firm Andreessen Horowitz in November 2017, UnitedMasters has been a topic of considerable debate. How would it use that cash...
July 17, 2018