Edel Becomes 2nd Label To Endorse New Napster

Hamburg, Germany-based edel Music AG has agreed to make its entire catalog available to Napster when the music file-swapping company launches its new membership model later this year, Billboard Bullet

Hamburg, Germany-based edel Music AG has agreed to make its entire catalog available to Napster when the music file-swapping company launches its new membership model later this year, Billboard Bulletin reports. Napster is developing the new model through a joint venture with Bertelsmann eCommerce Group (BeCG). Edel is the first label outside of Bertelsmann to endorse Napster. Prior to the launch of Napster's membership service, edel artists will be featured next month on the Web site's "Featured Music Program," which highlights new artists. The deal, which was brokered by BeCG president/CEO Andreas Schmidt, also calls for the indie label to enlist other labels to provide content to Napster. Edel will also advise Napster on issues of royalty payments to artists, labels, and publishers. Over the past year, edel has forged several alliances in the digital music space, including deals with Liquid Audio, U.K.-based On Demand Distribution, and others.