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Tencent Music Just Expanded Its Merlin Indie Licensing Deal

Tencent Music Entertainment has renewed its multi-year agreement with independent label rights agency Merlin. The renewal will see both organizations deepen their longstanding strategic partnership. Both organizations will “drive the creation of music value and enhance the music experience for TME’s users.” Merlin will also license into TME’s new social music community, WeSing. The renewed […]

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Rebeat Says Music Distribution Is Out of Date. But What Does ‘Distribution 2.0’ Look Like?

Rebeat COO Christoph Enzinger Digital music distribution is sometimes dismissed as a simple task — even by music industry executives themselves. It’s just a matter of getting music files from point A to point B, with the obligatory metadata and royalty-tracking sprinkled on top. Even Spotify fell for this trap: back in 2018, the company […]

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Believe, Nuclear Blast Launch ‘Blood Blast Distribution’ — Specializing in ‘Extreme Music’

Blood Blast Distribution (l to r): Bryce Lucien, Jérôme Riera, David Kaiser, Myriam Silberstein double down on brutality. Is genre-specialized music distribution next? Believe and Nuclear Blast Records are cutting the ribbon on Blood Blast Distribution — for those that prefer the more brutal side of things. Nuclear Blast Records has long been a force […]

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Apple Music Has Been Quietly Expanding Its Preferred Distributors List – Here’s Who Made the Winner’s List

Photo Credit: Unsplash The Apple Music Preferred Distributors Program continues to grow two years after release. Here’s how things look.  Back in November 2018, Apple launched its Preferred Distribution Program. Three partners were listed as “Preferred Plus” partners – including The Orchard, Kontor New Media, and CD Baby. This list has now expanded to two […]

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Downtown Music Is Going ‘Full Stack’ — Acquires Amsterdam-Based FUGA

FUGA CEO Pieter van Rijn Downtown Music Holdings’s AVL Digital Group has acquired FUGA, an Amsterdam-based digital music distributor and service provider. The purchase, which was announced publicly this morning (January 22nd), is the latest in a series of aggressive, growth-minded investments from Downtown. In March of 2019, the company finalized an estimated $200 million […]