CD Baby

  1. Digital Notes: CD Baby's Sync Payout, De La Soul's J Dilla Tribute and Apps' Ad Economics

    March 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT CD Baby serves up more than just CDs. The Portland, Ore., music distribution company on Wednesday announced it has paid out more than $1 million in YouTube sync licensing to its artists as of February. That amount has accelerated as CD Baby's ...

  2. Where Indie Artists Are Making Most of Their Money (From the Magazine)

    December 02, 2013 1:28 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Independent artists have never had access to so many customers. A single distributor can get an artist’s music into digital ...

  3. CD Baby's Brian Felsen Reports From The Istanbul Protests

    June 13, 2013 1:34 PM EDT CD Baby president Brian Felsen just happened to be in Istanbul, Turkey with his family as the anti-government protests over the past two weeks made headlines around the world. What started as a peaceful occupation of Gezi Park, located in Taksim ...

  4. Shazam’s Will Mills on Courting Ads While Staying Faithful to Music (Q&A)

    March 20, 2013 6:06 PM EDT In February, the music recognition app Shazam signed up its 300 millionth user. One of the app revolution’s first success stories, the London-based company has been aggressively expanding its business, broadening its use-case from identifying so ...

  5. Reversion Rights: Will 2013 Be A Game-Changer?

    December 27, 2012 2:30 PM EST While albums released in 1978 (as shown here) are the first batch eligible for possible reversion of ownership to pass from labels back to the artists, so far the only acts to file notice of termination for master right recordings with the U.S. co ...

  6. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera, RIP: Beyonce and Pepsi Re-Team for Super Bowl; Rick Ross Cancels Maybach Music Tour

    December 10, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters JENNI RIVERA, QUEEN OF BANDA, DEAD AT 43: Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexica ...

  7. TuneCore Opens In Japan, Keeps Founder's Vision

    November 19, 2012 12:58 PM EST The departure of Tune-­Core CEO Jeff Price this summer, just months after the exit of co-founder Peter Wells, shocked the music industry, but the online distribution company insists it remains on course and retains its grand vision as it prepare ...

  8. From This Week's Billboard: TuneCore Opens In Japan, COO Scott Ackerman Discusses Company's Vision

    November 16, 2012 3:43 PM EST COO Scott Ackerman is currently running TuneCore. Below is a story from the new Billboard on the international expansion of TuneCore, the online distribution company and its vision for the future under COO Scott Ackerman who has run the company si ...

  9. Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties

    August 30, 2012 12:21 PM EDT Spotify's per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band t he Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band's CD Baby royal ...

  10. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  11. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  12. Rdio Licenses 3 Million Tracks from CD Baby, TuneCore

    August 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Rdio announced Thursday it has added the catalogs of distributors CD Baby and TuneCore. Rdio CEO Drew Larner tells Billboard.biz the deal increases Rdio's catalog by 3 million tracks to over 18 million. Rdio, currently working on a program to ...

  13. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  14. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  15. Business Matters: Deezer Launches in Latin America, Still Avoiding the U.S. and Japan

    June 07, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Deezer Extends into Latin America Music subscription service Deezer has expanded to 35 Latin American countries. Based in France, the service is now available in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Jamaica, Guetamala and other count ...

  16. Exclusive: Muve Music Adds TuneCore, the Orchard and CD Baby

    May 15, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Muve Music, the music subscription of Cricket Wireless with 600,000 subscribers across the U.S., has added the catalogs of TuneCore, the Orchard and CD Baby. The deals will more than double Muve Music's catalog to over 10 million tracks, head ...

  17. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  18. Business Matters: Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd

    April 05, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd -- Upstart Internet radio service Raditaz believes Pandora's problem is "repetition and a lack of diversity," the company says at an Echo Next blog post. So it' ...

  19. Canadian Music Week: 15 Things You Should Know About the Canadian Music Business

    March 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Canada is hot. The market north of the border continues to yield talent that scales the Billboard charts and drives sales worldwide, from Justin Bieber to Michael Bublé, Drake to Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne to Arcade Fire. These acts, among many other ...

  20. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  21. Scott Mannis Fighting Epilepsy Through Music

    January 17, 2012 6:53 PM EST When aspiring singer Scott Mannis was 17 years old, he began periodically losing feeling in the left side of his body, specifically in his leg. It took three years for doctors to diagnose his condition as a rare form of epilepsy, whose symptoms ca ...

  22. Rara.com, New Music-Subscription Service, Targets Digital-Music Latecomers

    December 13, 2011 12:39 PM EST Rara.com, a new take on music subscription services, launched Tuesday in 16 territories including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. It will also launch in seven additional markets, including Canada and Mexico, later this week. The ...

  23. Business Matters: Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery

    November 11, 2011 7:47 PM EST Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery -- Twitter gets tens of millions of U.S. visitors each month -- 32.3 million in September, according to comScore -- but not many of them are following up on a new artist or song they just discove ...

  24. SoundExchange Paid Out a Record $88 Million in Q3, but Big Money Is Still Going Uncollected

    October 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT SoundExchange announced on Tuesday that it paid out a record $88 million to 18,300 artists and labels in the third quarter of 2011. The payments cover royalties collected from Internet radio, satellite radio and cable TV music-only channels. Strea ...

  25. Business Matters: Spotify Might Predict 50 Million U.S. Subscribers, but Its Payouts Can Be Comically Small ...

    July 08, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Spotify May Dazzle Consumers, but Low Payouts Still Worry People -- As the U.S. launch of Spotify gets closer (apparently ), just about the only topic that hasn't been beaten into the ground is the amount of revenue rights holders will actual ...

  26. TuneCore CEO 'Stunned' by Criticism Over Price Hike, Slams 'Incomplete and Inaccurate' Reports

    May 17, 2011 4:08 PM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore attracted strong criticism earlier this month when news of its price hike spread through the blogosphere. The company raised the flat price it charges to distribute an album for one year to $49.99 from $19.99. At the s ...

  27. Business Matters: TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind Its Price Increase

    May 09, 2011 7:59 PM EDT TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind its Price Increase -- Digital distributor TuneCore has been getting some grief in the last few days about its increase in the fees it charges for digital distribution of an album. The annual fee for a single ...

  28. Business Matters: Rebecca Black Continues To Rake In Cash

    March 30, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black Rakes It In (Modestly) -- In case you hadn't read about sudden teen sensation Rebecca Black lately, here's an update on her numbers. "Friday" sold 50,000 units last week, bringing its two-week total to 87,000, acc ...

  29. Rebecca Black's First-Week Sales: Not Bad, But Not In The Millions ...

    March 22, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. The ...

  30. Artists, Music Execs AT SXSW Discuss How Crowdfunding Helps Sustain Artist Careers

    March 17, 2011 12:05 PM EDT At a time when many traditional musical revenue steams are failing, crowdfunding has provided a way for artists to raise funds for various projects. Successful companies utilizing it are Kickstarter and Rockethub, whose co-founder Brian Meece mode ...

  31. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

  32. CD Baby Flips Switch Digital Distro Service

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CD Baby is getting into the digital distribution business. For a flat rate of $9 per track, CD Baby will make submitted songs available to all the major digital retailers it currently has relationships with. That includes iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, ...

  33. Business Matters: PlayMPE, EMI, CD Baby, WMG and more

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - PlayMPE , a digital delivery system used by labels to service promotional music, was hacked last week and a number of albums were leaked as a result. AbsolutePunk posted an email PlayMPE sent a letter to one of the band’s whose release had been ...

  34. Curious About Spotify Payouts? Get Out Your Microscope

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One U.S. band has found out that Spotify’s payouts are just fractions of a penny per play – and in one case so low it was rounded down to zero. With payouts so low, could artists and labels eventually become comfortable with the frustrating econom ...

  35. Publishing Briefs: Dave Grohl, Warner/Chapell, Greg Wells, Kobalt Music

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Dave Grohl to oversee the publishing rights for the first four records by Grohl's Foo Fighters . Warner/Chappell Music will also administer Grohl's interest in ...

  36. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  37. Thumbplay Launches Streaming Music Service

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems there's a rush on to provide on-demand, streaming music apps for mobile phones before Spotify hits the market. This time it's Thumbplay , the mobile ringtone powerhouse that today launched a $10 a month streaming music service for ...

  38. Business Matters: Sony, eMusic, YouTube, Twitter

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The addition of Sony ’s catalog at eMusic , which coincided with higher prices for fewer downloads, has resulted in virtually no change in the ...

  39. Business Matters: iTunes LP, Sky Songs, Tunecore

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Apple has responded to a claim that it charges a $10,000 production fee for the creation of iTunes LP titles. Said an Apple spokesperson, "We're releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to crea ...

  40. Business Matters: YouTube, Topspin, Blackberry

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Comscore, 120.5 million viewers watched nearly 10 billion videos on YouTube.com in August. ( Press release ) -- The evolution of Y ...

  41. Business Matters: Copyright Debate, Nielsen, WMG

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- News of it has gone almost unnoticed in the U.S., so you may not know the Canadian government is consulting on copyright in advance of new copy ...

  42. RightsFlow Closes Round Of Funding

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RightsFlow, a provider of mechanical licensing, accounting and royalty payment services for companies that sell or distribute music worldwide, has completed a $1.5 million Series A financing round with Originate Ventures of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ...

  43. Briefs: CD Baby, Perez Hilton, Live Nation

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This weekend, CD Baby is going to introduce a number of new features at its retail Web site: a la carte downloading, artist pages, a music uploaded and download cards. The fee for CDBaby.com downloads will be 25%, quite a bit more than its typi ...

  44. Briefs: Country Sales, EFF, Spotify, TuneUp

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales dropped 24% last week compared to an 8% drop for the market. But country continues its digital progress. Year to date, digital accounts for 11.4% of album sales. That's just more than half of the digital share of pop al ...

  45. Business Briefs: Target, Performance Royalties, Green Day

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Target said in its Q1 earnings call on Wednesday that it will soon overhaul the Target.com entertainment section. "As part of our continued commitment to multichannel integration, Target.com will completely reinvent our music, movies, book ...

  46. Business Briefs: Music Row, Pirate Bay, CD Baby And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - One word you will hear a lot in 2009 is "metric." Here's a profile of RockDex, an online service that lets bands track their online buzz and the latest in a growing line of band metrics providers. RockDex provides easy-to-understa ...

  47. Spotify Claims 1 Million Users

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music streaming operation Spotify claims it has registered one million users across Europe only two weeks after allowing the U.K. public full access to its service. The Sweden-based service launched in October with catalog from all four major labe ...

  48. Spotify Opens To U.K. Public

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sweden-based streaming service Spotify has opened access to the U.K. public after operating on an invite-only basis since its launch in October. Users in the U.K. can now register for the ad-supported site for free while the premium, ad-free servi ...

  49. Digital Briefs: UMG vs. Veoh, Spotify, CD Baby

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The judge overseeing Universal Music Group's lawsuit against Veoh ruled that the company's investors could not be included in the labels' copyright infringement claims. - On-demand music discovery service Lp33.tv added A&R exe ...

  50. Rights Management Firms Expand Reach

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With music rights, licensing, and fees becoming top-of-mind issues lately, rights management firms RightsFlow and RoyaltyShare are expanding their footprint in the space. RoyaltyShare has acquired Broad Street Digital from Arbinet to gain access t ...

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