TuneCore

  1. TuneCore Pays Out $33.2 Million to Artists in Second Quarter

    July 16, 2014 12:54 PM EDT TuneCore announced Wednesday it paid out $33.2 million in digital music royalties in the second quarter, up 18.4% from the same period in 2013 but down from $34.1 million in the first quarter. Earnings from its music publishing division were up 30 ...

  2. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, S ...

  3. Artists Angry with TuneCore and INDmusic Over YouTube Claims

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST Artists and gamers have taken issue with TuneCore and INDmusic over the companies' recent efforts to claim YouTube videos that contain copyrighted music.  The eruption of complaints on Twitter , Reddit and elsewhere  this week gives a glimpse ...

  4. TuneCore Taps INDmusic to Monetize YouTube

    November 20, 2013 9:00 AM EST TuneCore Inc., one of the world's largest digital music distribution companies, on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement with INDmusic to better monetize its artists' music on YouTube . The deal calls for INDmusic to adminster ...

  5. TuneCore Reports $330 Million Artists’ Earnings Milestone (Exclusive)

    October 14, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has shared some impressive numbers, none more eye-catching than the $330 million the company says its artists have earned since it opened for business. TuneCore Artists have earned a third-of-a-billion dollars in sal ...

  6. Digital Notes: UCLA's 'Future of Digital Music Delivery'; Berklee's Online Degrees; CreativeLive's Biz Model

    October 07, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Berklee to Award Online Degree Program The Internet has unbundled the music business. Now, it's also unbundling music education. The Berklee School of Music, which pioneered online courses a dozen ago, began taking applications on Monday fo ...

  7. TuneCore Paid Out $102 Million to Artists Last Year, Company Claims

    February 01, 2013 5:14 PM EST While some Jeff Price fans might question TuneCore's future  business prospects, the company's management tells Billboard that the company enjoyed robust growth last year, hitting revenues of $101.8 million for its artists through sale ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Morning Fix: Mike Easterlin Named Fueled By Ramen GM; Jay-Z's Live Album; Simon Fuller's Parlophone?

    October 08, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records , has been named ...

  11. Jeff Price, SOCAN CEO Discuss Price's New Role at Organization

    October 05, 2012 6:30 PM EDT SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - announced earlier this week that it has hired TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price as a consultant, but the performance rights organization has no plans to start ...

  12. Jeff Price, Ousted TuneCore Co-Founder, Announces 'Agreement' With SOCAN

    October 03, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Jeff Price - who left TuneCore, the music-distribution upstart he co-founded, in August - announced today that he is now working with SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. The announcement doesn't specify w ...

  13. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  16. SXSW Panel Tackles Questions, Perils of Royalty Contracts

    March 14, 2012 7:57 PM EDT Are any bands earning any money from the digital music biz? Only some are. So why isn't the rest being gobbled up by artists? Read All of Our SXSW Coverage Right Here That question and the perils of royalty contracts were addressed at this pa ...

  17. TuneCore Offers Royalty Collection Service in Canada

    February 22, 2012 12:05 PM EST Online distribution service TuneCore launched its service for Canadian acts last month and is now offering Canadian songwriters and music publishers an administrative service to collect any unpaid royalties from online sales and streaming. The pre ...

  18. Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

    February 14, 2012 10:19 AM EST While most of the music industry basked in the Monday afterglow of a raucous Grammy Awards, a panel discussion with BMI, SoundExchange, TuneCore and others turned fiery Monday afternoon at the SF MusicTech Summit, over the heated issue of just how ...

  19. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  20. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  21. TuneCore Launches Music Publishing Services for Songwriters

    November 02, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Write Songs AND Get Paid For It! TunecCre's new Songwriter Publishing Administration Service homepage. TuneCore is aiming to do for music publishing what it has done for digital distribution: make it easier for independent artists to get paid ...

  22. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Business Matters: Revising the Average TuneCore User's Revenue Up a Few Bucks

    April 27, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Revising the Average TuneCore User's Revenue Up a Few Bucks -- What an average artist makes from digital sales depends on many factors, including the assumptions and math behind one's calculations. On Tuesday, Digital Music News posted t ...

  26. Guitar Center Announces 'Your Next Record With Travis Barker' Contest

    March 03, 2011 10:25 AM EST Following successful campaigns with Slash and Keith Urban, Guitar Center is teaming up with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker for its next installment of "Your Next Record With." The contest allows unsigned artists a chance to perform with ...

  27. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  28. Business Matters: Roger Faxon, EMI, VC Funding, Price Wars and more

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S DEDICATION TO A&R -- After Roger Faxon was named head of EMI Music , some people in the business press were under the impression that EMI would become either more committed to publishing or less committed to new artist development. ...

  29. Tunecore By The Numbers

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore posted some revealing statistics on its blog on Wednesday. -- The top line numbers: In 2009, TuneCore artists grossed over $35 million from 26.2 million track downloads, 1.47 million album downloads and 37.5 million st ...

  30. Better Than Cheap? Distribution as a Commodity

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As prices for basic services drop, digital distribution is becoming a commodity with few differences between services. Artists and labels are being well served by low-priced distribution services that charge a flat fee and return 100% of retail sa ...

  31. TuneCore Rocks Out with Rock Band

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital distribution service TuneCore has added the Rock Band Network to the list of digital retailers it supports as part of a new offer that also includes development assistance for bands interested in getting their music in the game. The Rock B ...

  32. TuneCore, MySpace Music Ink Deal

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution service TuneCore has added MySpace Music to its list supported digital music outlets. What makes this addition unique is that for the first time, TuneCore is providing music to a primarily ad-supported music streaming se ...

  33. Q&A: JEFF PRICE, TUNECORE FOUNDER/CEO

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT To many in the music business, TuneCore is the standard-bearer of the anti-label movement, since nearly all of the artists who use its digital distribution service are unsigned. But TuneCore's recent marketing partnership with Universal Music ...

  34. TuneCore, UMG Ink Services Deal

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TuneCore has struck a wide-ranging deal with Universal Music Group to deliver major-label marketing services to its DIY indie clients. Under the deal, UMG labels will resell TuneCore's digital distribution services, and add their own marketin ...

  35. Digital Briefs: Pandora, MTV Games, Project Playlist

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- As part of their effort to turn a profit by next year , Pandora has introduced a premium service tier called Pandora One , which charges users $36 a year in return for an ad-free experience. This includes a specialized desktop Pandora music pla ...

  36. TuneCore Taps Brands For Free Downloads

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST TuneCore introduced a new music sponsorship model to its service that lets artists offer free downloads to fans in return for payment by corporate sponsors. Artists select which participating brands they want to partner with, and then offer free m ...

  37. TuneCore, iLike Bundle Indie Services

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TuneCore and iLike have teamed up to offer independent and unsigned artists a package deal on both distributing and promoting their music. The partnership is more of a bundled product than it is a new service, as both companies offer their core se ...

  38. Considering Direct-To-Fan Distribution? Keep These Tips In Mind

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the first anniversary of Radiohead's industry-rocking decision to distribute its album "In Rainbows" directly to fans, interest in DIY sales strategies is greater than ever before. While other artists had previously e ...

  39. TuneCore Opens Service To Outside Apps

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TuneCore is opening its digital distribution service, allowing approved partners to develop their own applications based on the TuneCore system. Billed as an extension to its existing affiliate system, the new program allows partners to handle fil ...

  40. Digital Briefs: TuneCore, Lil' Wayne, Microsoft

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Music delivery and distribution service TuneCore introduced a new pricing model that makes single tracks available to multiple digital retailers for $10 each. It previously offered only a $30 per year fee. Additionally, it plans to expand the nu ...

  41. TuneCore Launches Video Beta

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST TuneCore, the digital agent that gets artists' music to digital retailers, launched a beta version of a similar music video service. For a flat fee, artists can tap TuneCore to deliver their music videos to iTunes, and then keep 100% of any r ...

  42. TuneCore Preps Free Compilation

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital distribution service TuneCore announced that it plans to give away seven million copies of a compilation entitled "34 Stars" via its Web site and iTunes. The compilation will be available Tuesday, Nov. 12 and features a number of ...

  43. TuneCore Launches Indie Music Service

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists control their rights, masters. TuneCore, a new online digital distributor targeting indie labels went live today (Jan. 25). The new company offers a different business model from existing indie-friendly digital distributors--a point of dif ...