By Jeff Price

For those of you who don’t know Topspin, you should. It’s a great company, actually the best in the world at what it does.

Topspin allows artists to sell their music, merchandise and tickets directly to their fans. It also has a killer software application that artists can use to acquire new fans while learning what works/does not work to gain them.

The people who run it are good people.  The artists that use Topspin are the who’s who of credibility—Nine Inch Nails, The Pixies, The Doors, the Beastie Boys and many, many more.

They’re good, very good, at what they do.

I thought a lot about building this same functionality at TuneCore, and then asked myself why?  Someone I like and respect has already done it; why not just partner with them and have the entire music industry under one roof?

We offer their customers something special; they offer TuneCore artists something special; and we technically integrate.

It’s now happened…

Go here to get started.

Or read the official press release below:

Artists get: services for audience growth, fan communication, direct music & merch sales, global distribution and publishing administration

May 2, 2012 – TuneCore and Topspin, two leaders of the music industry, today announced a late-summer technical integration to provide a complete suite of services under one umbrella.

The product integration will enable both independent and established artists to:

-Acquire more fans and communicate with them directly.
-Sell/give away music directly to fans on their Facebook page, blog, webpage and via mobile.
-Distribute worldwide to iTunes, AmazonMP3, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, Rhapsody, eMusic, simfy and more.
-Earn more money from music sales, merchandise and tickets.
-Collect their separate songwriter royalties with global publishing administration.
-Get more information on their fans to improve marketing including what their city/zipe code is and why they’re buying.
-Keep 100% of their rights.

Artists using Topspin will receive up to a 30% discount on TuneCore distribution.  Artists using TuneCore will receive a free month of Topspin Plus – a $49.99 value. In celebration of the announcement, these discounts are effective immediately.

When the technical integration is complete in late summer, artists will be able to have their music and information auto-delivered from Topspin to TuneCore, or from TuneCore to Topspin, without having to re-upload.  Topspin Direct to fan sales information will appear on the TuneCore artist dashboard along with all other sales data.

Artists can go to or to learn more.

About Topspin
Topspin is the leading direct-to-fan marketing and retail software platform for musicians, filmmakers and authors. Topspin is easy to use software that helps your grow your audience, connect with fans and sell more music and merch. Topspin is used by Trent Reznor, Arcade Fire, Kevin Smith, David Lynch, PIXIES, Paul McCartney, Eminem and tens of thousands of other content creators including bands, filmmakers, authors, marketers, record labels, and distributors. Topspin’s Direct-To-Fan Marketing and Distribution tools currently help filmmakers connect with fans and create new channels as part of the Sundance Institute’s Artist Services program.

About TuneCore
TuneCore distributes artist’s music to iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, eMusic, AmazonMP3, Deezer, Simfy and many other major download and streaming sites for a simple flat fee while taking no rights and no revenue from the sale of the music. Since its launch in 2006, TuneCore has more than 700,000 artist and label account holders, including TuneCore artists: Nine Inch Nails, Drake, Civil Wars, Sonic Youth, Beck, Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Blood On The Dance Floor, Public Enemy, Willie Nelson, They Might Be Giants, Donna Summer, MGM Studios, Bjork, Moby, Girl Talk, Brian Eno, and hundreds of thousands more.

TuneCore ( is the largest distributor and has one of the highest revenue-generating music catalogs in the world. In the past two years, TuneCore Artists have sold over 600 million units and generated over $300 million dollars in gross music sales and songwriter revenue.

In fall 2011, TuneCore launched its separate groundbreaking Global Songwriter Publishing Administration Service (, providing any songwriter global songwriter publishing administration to register their copyrights, collect money that is rightfully theirs, protect and police their copyrights and songs, and issue licenses.

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