Spotify Is About to Squeeze CD Baby and Tunecore with Direct Artist Deals

Spotify Is About to Squeeze CD Baby and Tunecore with Direct Artist Deals

Spotify is making a big move into direct artist distribution, a potentially serious strike against third-party distribution services like CD Baby and Tunecore. This has been a lingering threat for artist distributors since the heyday iTunes Music.  But Apple never fered to work directly with the millions artists using services like Tunecore to distribute their works. Now, the biggest player […]

Ticketfly Disaster Worsens  Site Totally Offline, Sensitive Customer Data Stolen

Ticketfly Disaster Worsens Site Totally Offline, Sensitive Customer Data Stolen

Major venues and indie promoters across North America prepare for a “blackout” following Ticketfly’s massive data breach. Popular ticket distribution service Ticketfly has suffered a major data breach. In a statement posted on Twitter, the service confirmed the hack. Amplify first broke the story. The breach forced the company to take its ticketing service fline.  Ticketfly has also taken down […]

A2IM Is Holding Elections for Its 2018 Board of Directors

A2IM Is Holding Elections for Its 2018 Board of Directors

The American Association Independent Music, also known as A2IM, has opened voting for three slots on its Board Directors. Voting ficially opened this week, with a voting deadline June 12th. The trade association, established in 2005, represents independent record labels throughout the U.S.  A2IM aims to “help Independent music labels improve business by promoting access and parity through advocacy, education, […]

Now There’s Another Free Competitor to CD Baby, Tunecore, and Distrokid

Now There’s Another Free Competitor to CD Baby, Tunecore, and Distrokid

Amuse is a reimagined record label that just raised $15.5 million in Series A financing.  And they’re fering every single artist free distribution — plus analytics. The record label survived the great cataclysmic shift from analog to digital.  In fact, the ‘big three’ major labels are now thriving, while enjoying the huge growth surge. But what will the future ‘record label’ […]

In-Venue Music Recognition Technology Is Changing Artist Payouts — One Country at a Time

In-Venue Music Recognition Technology Is Changing Artist Payouts — One Country at a Time

One the biggest challenges confronting the music industry is simple recognition.  If a song is played, is it actually recognized, processed, and paid? In the U.S., that’s a serious question on the streaming side, where some estimates peg unrecognized mechanical licenses in the 25-35% range.  But worldwide, serious concerns also surround the recognition in-venue plays, particularly at clubs, festivals, and […]

But Wait: Sony/ATV+EMI Faces a Very Tough Regulatory Hurdle, Indies Warn

But Wait: Sony/ATV+EMI Faces a Very Tough Regulatory Hurdle, Indies Warn

Sony/ATV + EMI Music Publishing = Slam Dunk?  Not so fast, says European indie consortium Impala. Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s ambitious move to acquire a controlling interest in EMI Music Publishing could face a giant regulatory hurdle.  And leading the charge is a veritable indie pit bull, Impala.  The European organization is renowned for policing mega-deals in the music space, and […]

Universal Music Group Is Now Toying With a $40 Billion IPO

Universal Music Group Is Now Toying With a $40 Billion IPO

Universal Music Group (UMG) parent Vivendi is now considering a behemoth Wall Street public fering.  But that’s just one several tasty possibilities ahead. Universal Music Group (UMG) could potentially fetch a $40 billion valuation on Wall Street — and they’re saying it out loud.  Of course, $40 billion is just back–the-envelope calculation by Vivendi, which owns UMG.  But given the […]