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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Trendwatch: fan relationships 3.0 and the rise of artist services

The first afternoon session in the second day of the NY:LON Connect conference focused on artist services, starting with a speech from Matt Young, EVP of Warner Music Artist Services.