London-based online music licensing company Ricall Limited has signed a deal with U.K. music library Broadchart. The move gives Ricall's clients -- including advertising agencies and TV/film productio
London-based online music licensing company Ricall Limited has signed a deal with U.K. music library Broadchart. The move gives Ricall's clients -- including advertising agencies and TV/film production companies -- access to 1.5 million commercially released tracks in Broadchart's physical and digital archive.
The archive at Broadchart was compiled over a 35-year period by U.K. musicologist Phil Swern. It includes "every single that entered the U.K. chart since 1952," says CEO Andy Hill. He estimates that it also contains 95% of the records from the Billboard Hot 100 over the same period. In addition to pop material, it includes non-chart jazz, classical, country and Latin titles. To date, the company has digitized 600,000 of its tracks.
Broadchart offers its clients a hosted music-delivery service. "Although it's our computers, our ISP and our bandwidth, we're completely invisible to the end-user," says Hill. "They'll go to the Ricall Web site in this case, and they'll search for some music, click on it and listen to it. When they want to license it, they go back to Ricall, who will help them through the licensing nightmare."
Ricall has blanket licenses with U.K. collecting societies MCPS/PRS and PPL. Hill says Broadchart partners only with companies that have "the permission of the record industry and music publishers." Broadchart's other U.K. clients include EMI Music Publishing and the Official U.K. Charts Co.