1. Pandora's El Detour Latin Music Station Highlights Acts That Defy Genres

    September 13, 2019 6:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Pandora's new station features a mix of contemporary music from Latinx artists such as Cuco, Kali Uchis, Helado Negro and the Marias. Pandora is adding a new Latin music station, El Detour, which highlights t ...

  2. Rancho Humilde Label Signs Global Distribution Deal With Cinq Music

    August 16, 2019 10:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 The urban regional Mexican label founded by Jimmy Humilde, Roque Venegas and Jose Becerra reaches fans of corridos around the world, including 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans in the U.S. Jimmy Humilde , the founder and CEO of urban regional ...

  3. Spotlight: Father/Daughter Records' Jessi Frick & Tyler Andere Provide a Platform for Queer and Non-White Artists

    August 06, 2019 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 “I’ve wanted to create a space here for the kind of world I want to see in the music industry." Over the last nine years, Father/Daughter Records owner Jessi Frick  has put together one of the most diverse artist rosters of any label around. An ...

  4. Spotlight: Father/Daughter Records' Jessi Frick & Tyler Andere Provide a Platform for Queer and Non-White Artists

    August 06, 2019 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 “I’ve wanted to create a space here for the kind of world I want to see in the music industry." Over the last nine years, Father/Daughter Records owner Jessi Frick  has put together one of the most diverse artist rosters of any label around. An ...

  5. Cuco Mania Heats Up With Release Of Debut Album 'Para Mi'

    July 29, 2019 8:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the heels of a North American tour this fall, the 21-year-old's album debut on Interscope lit up fans in a series of hometown shows, a key to the city of Hawthorne, a free block party and Amoeba in-store today (July 30). Cuco and his indie-p ...

  6. Executive Turntable: Moves at Mom + Pop Records, Capitol Music Group, MSG and More

    July 26, 2019 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hannah Gross  has been named vp and head of West Coast A&R at  Mom + Pop Records . The label announced July 22 that Gross is returning to the label after a three-year stint at  Atlantic/Elektra Records .  "Hannah started with us as an inter ...

  7. Courtney Barnett Wins Big at Australia's Independent Music Awards

    July 26, 2019 3:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the two top prizes, Courtney Barnett was the outright champion Thursday night (July 25) at the AIR Awards in Adelaide, the annual celebration of Australia’s independent music community.  The singer-songwriter won for best independent artist for ...

  8. Unsigned Artists Are Generating More Income Than Ever Before, According to New Study

    July 10, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Study from MIDIA Research and digital distribution service Amuse finds that independent artists generated $643 million in 2018, up 35% from the previous year. Artists without record labels generated $643.1 million in 2018, up 35% from the prior year ...

  9. Jaxsta, Merlin Sign Commercial Data Access Agreement

    July 09, 2019 3:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jaxsta is getting a big hit of indie spirit. The Sydney, Australia-based online database of information for the music community has struck a commercial data access agreement with Merlin, the independents’ digital rights agency. The new partnership u ...

  10. Tomas Cookman Reflects on 20 Years of Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)

    July 08, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The word 'alternative' was alternative to what was presently big," he recalls The Latin Alternative Music Conference -- best known as LAMC -- comes full circle as it turns 20 this year. Originally launched at a time when Latin a ...

  11. UnitedMasters Launches iOS App for Distribution & Artist Services

    July 08, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Steve Stoute's distro platform is going mobile. Independent artist services and digital distribution platform UnitedMasters has announced the launch of its new iOS app, allowing artists to upload their music to major streaming services and more ...

  12. What Does It Mean to Be an Independent Festival in 2019?

    June 26, 2019 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brandi Carlile, Whitney, Taking Back Sunday and more discuss how certain indie festivals have found success in a system commanded by mega-companies. Independent festivals are becoming more vital by the day.  Live Nation, the world's largest pre ...

  13. Industry Leaders Stress Importance of Political Advocacy at A2IM's Indie Week Conference

    June 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 With very powerful forces trying to undermine the value of music, and large radio companies trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission to relax ownership rules in markets across the land, now is the time for independent labels and dist ...

  14. Indie Sector Solidifies Ranks at 10th Annual A2IM Indie Week Conference

    June 19, 2019 8:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Association of American Independent Music (A2IM) held its 10th annual Indie Week conference in New York City this week, as members of the indie sector celebrated their growing impact on the music marketplace. Registrations for the conference had ...

  15. Merlin CEO Charles Caldas Stepping Down at End of Year

    June 18, 2019 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Merlin CEO Charles Caldas , who helped build the organization from the ground up, is stepping down and leaving the company at the end of 2019. He made the announcement at the annual A2IM conference in New York on Tuesday (June 18). Caldas will work ...

  16. Dezzy Hollow Talks Reaching Fans Globally & Drops New Music Video for 'Air Bus': Premiere

    June 12, 2019 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Mexican-American rapper is writing music that 'homies' can relate to and through music's streaming power, his tracks--ranging from falling in love to EBT and immigration--are getting noticed in places the 26-year-old Californian n ...

  17. Okkervil River Bucks the Traditional Album Cycle With Fan-Focused Live Album Subscription Series

    June 12, 2019 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 “The band is part of a continuum that’s existing with the fans and if we all work together we can create stuff that they’re going to like and they can provide us with the money to make it," says Will Sheff. Okkervil River 's sound can shif ...

  18. Hip-Hop Label Commission Records Enters New Partnership With Big Noise

    June 12, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the equity purchase, the L.A.-based media company promises funding for marketing, promotion, staff expansion and infrastructure. Hip-hop label Commission Records has entered a new strategic partnership with multi-faceted media company Big Noise ...

  19. Artist Services Platform Stem Launches Concierge Member Service Stem Direct

    May 31, 2019 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Without a record label, independent artists are often tasked with the tedious but essential minutiae of managing self-distribution, collecting royalties from across multiple platforms, accounting, and performing general administrative tasks. Artist ...

  20. Francisco Victoria's 'Querida Ven' Feat. Miranda! Singer Juliana Gattas: Premiere

    May 30, 2019 2:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a Billboard exclusive, Chilean-born Francisco Victoria talks about his new album, the political LGBTQ climate of South America and why Juliana Gattas of the Argentinean electropop band Miranda! made for the perfect duet. Francisco Victoria, sippi ...

  21. Third Man Records Signs New Distribution Agreement With The Orchard: Exclusive

    May 29, 2019 5:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pact includes the upcoming Raconteurs album for North America. Third Man Records has entered a new distribution agreement with Sony Music Entertainment's The Orchard beginning with  The Raconteurs '  Help Us Stranger,  due June 21. The ...

  22. Daptone's 100th 45-R.P.M. Record: An Exclusive Look Inside the Earth-Shaking 'Soul Fugue'

    May 23, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vinyl singles have played a crucial role in the independent label's legacy, so it's going big for its hundredth release on the small format. Nearly two decades after the very first Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings single led to the launch of ...

  23. SoundCloud Names Josh Nicoll Head of Independent Label Services

    May 15, 2019 9:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 The executive joins the company from independent label and distributor PIAS. Josh Nicoll has been named Head of Independent Label Services at SoundCloud, the company announced Wednesday (May 15). He will report to global head of music, artist relati ...

  24. 10K Projects Hires Brittney King Brock as President of Operations & GM

    May 09, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Independent record label 10K Projects has hired Brittney King Brock as its first president of operations and GM, company founder and CEO Elliot Grainge announced Thursday (May 9). Brock will oversee all label operations, including growing the compan ...

  25. '50 States of Music' Website Showcases the Industry's Cultural & Economic Impacts on Every U.S. State

    April 30, 2019 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Did you know that Texas' music industry contributed $6.52 billion to the state's GDP, or that New York State includes 18,322 music businesses? Perhaps you forgot that country singer Jewel was born in Alaska, or that Moby hails from the sam ...

  26. Anuel AA Signs Global Distribution Deal With The Orchard for Next Album

    April 24, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Latin trap star's debut studio album was released last summer. The Orchard has entered a direct distribution agreement with Puerto Rican trap artist Anuel AA , the company announced Wednesday (April 24). The expanded partnership will includ ...

  27. Canada's Music Managers Forum, CIMA Announce Honorees for 2019 Awards Shows

    April 23, 2019 10:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Music Managers Forum (MMF) Canada and The Canadian Independent Music Assn. (CIMA) and have each announced the recipients for their 2019 awards shows, May 7 and June 10, respectively. Both ceremonies take place in Toronto. First up, for MMF Canad ...

  28. Rostrum Records Partners with Artist 24hrs and His Private Club Label: Exclusive

    April 19, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 First single ‘Back Out’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dom Kennedy now available. Rostrum Records has signed singer/rapper 24hrs through an overall partnership deal with the artist’s Private Club Records. 24hrs’ first release under the new partnership ...

  29. Pitbull's Mr. 305 Record Label Signs Distribution Deal With Ingrooves: Exclusive

    April 18, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music marketing and distribution services company Ingrooves has signed Pitbull’s Mr. 305, Inc. record label to a worldwide deal for all of its Latin music releases, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Under the new agreement, Mr. 305, co-founded by Pi ...

  30. Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists

    April 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The format is in its 13th consecutive year of growth. Wax is back. With Nielsen Music reporting a new yearly high for U.S. vinyl sales, marking the 13th consecutive year of growth, Bandcamp  revealed on Wednesday  (April 17) that sales of vinyl reco ...

  31. Singer-Songwriter Sasha Siem to Launch Sound Sanctum Records

    April 12, 2019 12:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The cellist's third album "Holy" will serve as the inaugural release. Sasha Siem is launching a new record label called Sound Sanctum Records, the singer, songwriter and cellist announced Friday (April 12). Sound Sanctum will kick off ...

  32. Nipsey Hussle's Business Moves Were Ahead of His Time

    April 01, 2019 4:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 From selling a mixtape for $100 each to creating a technology hub in Crenshaw, here are five times Hussle merged the worlds of music and commerce. The death of Nipsey Hussle outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday at the age of 33 has ...

  33. Kobalt Reports Strong 2018 Earnings, Revenues Grow 25%

    March 28, 2019 6:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Gross collections increased 30 percent to $494 million, with that number expected to top $600 million this year. Kobalt Music Group is reporting strong results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. The independent rights management and publishin ...

  34. Courtney Barnett and Gurrumul Lead Nominations For Australia's 2019 Independent Music Awards

    March 28, 2019 4:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 With three nominations each, Courtney Barnett and Gurrumul lead the way heading into the 13th AIR Music Awards, the annual celebration of Australia’s independent music community , due to take place July 25 in Adelaide.  Barnett’s up for best indepen ...

  35. Mexican Summer Launches New NYC Storefront Brooklyn Record Exchange

    March 25, 2019 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 The indie label is entering the retail business with a new shop housed in the same compound as the venue Elsewhere in Bushwick. While vinyl sales continue to rise, reaching their highest level since 1988 last year , recapturing the classic spirit of ...

  36. Executive Turntable: Moves at 10K Projects, Mom + Pop, Mascot Label Group & More

    March 22, 2019 4:03 PM EDT K Projects  named  Binish Mahmood  the independent label's . new vp A&R on Thursday (March 21). She will be based in both Miami and Los Angeles. "Binish's relationships in the creative community run deep and she has proven to be ...

  37. SXSW 2019: How 'Creator-First' Streaming Tools Are Shifting Roles for Artists & Labels

    March 13, 2019 9:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 As streaming continues to dominate the music landscape and platforms like SoundCloud and Spotify ramp up their artist offerings, creators seemingly have more control over their careers than ever. But what does that mean for labels and other stakehol ...

  38. CD Baby Unveils Bespoke Advertising Options for Independent Artists

    March 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 As companies like Spotify and TuneCore escalate efforts to engage unsigned clients, CD Baby is now offering unique audio and banner ad opportunities for self-managed and independent artists.      Users of the CD Baby marketing platform Show.co  rece ...

  39. Indie Labels' Role in Music, Creating a Scene Discussed at The New Colossus Festival Industry Panel

    March 11, 2019 8:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pre-South by Southwest celebration of developing American and international artists kicked off its inaugural edition last week in New York City's Lower East Side. Even in a hyper-digital age, many independent record labels still focus on de ...

  40. A2IM Libera Awards Changes Venue Due to High Demand

    March 01, 2019 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The 2019 A2IM Libera Awards will move to the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York after selling out tables early at the PlayStation Theater for its June 20 event. The event will take place at the culmination of the 10th anniversary of A2IM’s Indie Week, ru ...

  41. Charlie Phillips Appointed COO of WIN, Will Lead 'the Next Stage of Its Mission'

    February 27, 2019 5:11 AM EST 0 0 0 The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has tapped Charlie Phillips to lead the organization.  Phillips is elevated from director of legal and business affairs to COO of WIN, whose international members are based across Europe, the Americas, the Mid ...

  42. Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassador

    February 12, 2019 10:59 AM EST 0 0 0 We don't yet know the list of exclusive albums available this spring, but we do know who will be the public face of the annual vinyl collector's holiday. Record Store Day's 2019 ambassador will be Pearl Jam , who have sold quite a bit ...

  43. PR Shop The 3 Collective Turns 10: 'Our Expertise Is the Hispanic Market'

    January 24, 2019 8:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Latin media and press relations company The 3 Collective -- whose client list includes Juanes , Gloria Trevi , Marco Antonio Solís and Jesse & Joy , among many others -- turned 10 years old Thursday (Jan. 24). Originally founded by Monica Escoba ...

  44. The 'Breaking Bad' Synch That Broke Open ZZK Records

    January 16, 2019 5:08 PM EST 0 0 0 The Buenos Aires label specializing in digital cumbia is moving to Los Angeles in 2019. In the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad , a desperate Walter White drives a white van into the desert in New Mexico, where he buries barrel after barrel of mon ...

  45. Alison Wenham Steps Down As CEO Of Indie Music Trade Body WIN

    December 13, 2018 4:40 AM EST 0 0 0 After 12 years at the helm, Alison Wenham is stepping down as chief executive of The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) with immediate effect.  “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to devote two decades of my life and career to helping ensure th ...

  46. Glassnote Music Announces Partnership With Kobalt Music's AWAL

    November 16, 2018 7:20 PM EST 0 0 0 The independent label has ended its distribution deal with Universal Music Group. Glassnote Music has ended its distribution deal with Universal Music Group and on Friday (Nov. 16) announced a new strategic partnership with Kobalt Music's AWAL. ...

  47. Executive Turntable: Moves at Concord Music, Maverick, Primephonic & More

    November 16, 2018 3:48 PM EST 0 0 0 Concord Music announced on Monday (Nov. 12) that Rachel Reynolds is the company’s new senior director of creative content in Nashville. Reynolds will be responsible for leading the content production efforts for the label group ( Concord Records , F ...

  48. BMG Becomes Exclusive Music Partner For TV Drama 'Neighbours'

    November 07, 2018 10:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Neighbours , the legendary, long-running Australian soap that launched the careers of Kylie Minogue , Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce and many others, has tapped BMG as its exclusive music partner, Billboard can reveal.  Through the new arrangement via it ...

  49. HOC Fest: Latin Acts Talk Joining Indie Fest On Virginia Key Beach

    November 02, 2018 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 In its third edition, the cross-cultural fete counts Jaialai, Mr. Pauer, Delsonido, Millionyoung, Richie Hell on the bill. The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, FL will open its doors for a second time to HOC Fest (House of Creatives Music ...

  50. Downtown Acquires British Indie Publisher Salli Isaak Music, Home to Sam Smith Songwriter Jimmy Napes

    November 02, 2018 5:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Downtown Music Publishing has acquired Salli Isaak Music, one of the U.K.’s leading indie publishers and home to Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Napes, best known for his work with Sam Smith. The acquisition of Salli Isaak Music Publishing and Salli ...

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