Indie Labels

Frank Ocean’s "Endless" Deemed Ineligible For Billboard Charts

Frank Ocean shook up the music industry with unusual back to back releases. His new indie album "Blonde" is headed for #1, but his Universal Music Group release "Endless" isn’t even eligible for the charts. “The 45-minute long music video is available, only as a full-length stream, exclusively through the…

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Believe Digital Rescues Indie Label naïve From Bankruptcy

Believe Digital has acquired indie label and publishing company naïve. Believe is the global digital distributor and artist services firm that purchased DIY digital music distribution platform TuneCore last year. ________________________________________ After being forced in bankruptcy, French independent music company naïvehas been purchased by Believe Digital. Believe said they will…

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Believe Digital Rescues Indie Label naïve From Bankruptcy

Believe Digital has acquired indie label and publishing company naïve. Believe is the global digital distributor and artist services firm that purchased DIY digital music distribution platform TuneCore last year. ________________________________________ After being forced in bankruptcy, French independent music company naïvehas been purchased by Believe Digital. Believe said they will…

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Frank Ocean Just Proved: Direct To Fan Works, Labels Mean Less Than They Think, Exclusives Suck But Still Matter

Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and…

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WATCH: Apple Music’s Cash Money Documentary Official Trailer

Last week Apple Music announced a new deal with hip hop powerhouse Cash Money Records, which will officially begin with a documentary about the label and its founder. Now the trailer has been released. "It’s official… Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music,’ Cash Money Records founder Bryan…

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David Gray Releases Unique Dynamic ‘The Best Of’ Album On Spotify

As music consumption shifts to streaming, artists and labels are experimenting with how to use the new medium to release music in different ways. Kayne West remixed and added trax in the first days of his recent Tidal digital release. Drake, DJ Kahled and others each have their own strategies….

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Building A Fanbase With Facebook Music Video Ads

Thanks to social media, buying advertising to promote music is no longer just for deep pocketed major labels. But where is the best place to spend limited funds? That’s a question we’re working to answer in a series of posts produced with the help of entertainment advertising experts Dash Two….

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Spotify’s Most Viral Tracks US, UK And Globally

These lists represent the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from 8/5-11/2016 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. SPOTIFY’S MOST VIRAL TRACKS United States 1. Blkkathy, Lemon (Manimal Group) 2. DJ Snake, Let Me…

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JOB: Director Marketing, Sales, Licensing At Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is seeking a new Director Marketing, Sales and Licensing. Smithsonian Folkways is an internationally prominent nonprofit record label located within the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at Smithsonian Institution. Details: ______________________ HAVE A JOB TO POST? We’re retooling our Music Industry Jobs section. In the meantime,…

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Universal Invests in Indie Petrol Records, Deal Includes New INXS Documentary and Records

UMG has taken a major stake in indie Petrol Records. Now that, thanks to streaming, the major music groups have found their footing, they’re again consolidating their dominate position with investments and acquisitions. No longer are the targets tangential businesses like merch, concerts or tech startups; but rather independent record…

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