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Is It Time to Roll Your Own Distribution Service? SonoSuite Is Quietly Claiming the White Label Distribution Space

SonoSuite home base Barcelona, Spain (photo: walkerssk) From data collection to rights management and everything in between, there are endless moving parts involved with music distribution in today’s streaming-dominated landscape. Now, SonoSuite is quietly equipping indie record labels, aggregators, management and promotion agencies, and even other distributors with the tools to roll their own distribution […]

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NetEase Cloud Music Enters into Direct Digital Distribution Agreement with Sony Music Entertainment

Photo Credit: NetEase NetEase Cloud Music and Sony Music Entertainment have entered into a direct digital distribution relationship. Under the agreement, NetEase Cloud Music will make music from SME available to its users in China. The companies will also work together to explore innovative collaboration opportunities across the music value chain to bring “elevated music […]

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Muso.AI Partners With Music Story to Dramatically Overhaul Streaming Metadata and Crediting

Muso.AI has developed a promising solution to help streaming services render missing credits an issue of the past. Now, the metadata platform aims to deepen the impact of that solution through a newly finalized partnership with Music Story. Back in October, Digital Music News teamed up with Muso.AI as it announced the rollout of Muso.AI […]

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Want to Make Your Music Blow Up on TikTok? Here Are 8 Proven Tips

Many artists, including quick-rising creators and established acts alike, have enjoyed substantial commercial success as a result of viral TikTok trends. But what’s the secret to blowing your music up on TikTok? Playlist Push cut its teeth on Spotify playlists, once the most important battleground for growing your music. But that was before TikTok exploded, […]

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As Streaming Takes Over, Music Metadata Is Becoming More Critical for Musicians. How Critical, You Ask?

photo: Werner Gmünder Music metadata: it’s the oft-overlooked chore that can make a music career successful – or doom it to obscurity. But just how critical is it to get your music metadata in order? In order to explain the extreme importance of creating and maintaining proper metadata in the streaming era, we teamed up […]

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K-Pop Returns to Spotify After Licensing Row Settled With Korean Label Kakao M

K-pop returns to Spotify after a global licensing deal was struck between Spotify and Kakao Entertainment. Representatives from both companies confirmed an agreement allows Kakao M content on Spotify again. “We are pleased that Kakao Entertainment’s content and artists are back on Spotify, allowing 345+ million global listeners across 170 countries to once again enjoy […]

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Distrokid Now Offers Snapchat Distribution for Independent Artists

Photo Credit: Alexander Shatov DistroKid now offers independent artists distribution on Snapchat, to be featured in users’ Snaps. Snapchat has more than 265 million daily active users, with five billion Snaps every day. The platform recently announced its ‘Sounds on Snapchat‘ feature in October 2020. It offers users a curated catalog of emerging and established […]

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Distrokid Adds Twitch to Its Distribution Menu – Complete With Artist Attribution

Photo Credit: Caspar Camille Rubin DistroKid supports Twitch’s new music licensing platform called Soundtrack – with artist attribution. Amazon-owned Twitch is refusing to license music from rightsholders for streamers. A massive DMCA takedown notice hit Twitch last year, and streamers are pissed. Twitch warned that three copyright violations could cause streamers to be banned entirely. […]

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Distrokid Launches a ‘Matchmaking Service’ for Artists Seeking Label Deals

DistroKid has launched a “matchmaking service,” Upstream, for artists who are seeking record-label deals. DistroKid founder Philip Kaplan recently unveiled this artist-label “matchmaking service.” The “free, optional, 100% artist-friendly” service is currently available to creators who use the eight-year-old distribution platform, which is also accepting applications from record labels (indie and major) that’re interested in […]

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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 […]