July Industry Wrap-Up

France and U.S. See Uptick in Music Streams Across The Board We’re always excited to report on developments and advancements in the music streaming world, and in July, we were not disappointed! Let’s start with France: with recorded music sales numbers from the first half of 2018 in, it’s been announced that the major music […]

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June Industry Wrap-Up

YouTube Rolls Out Channel Memberships & Merchandise Partnership We’re excited for any developments that our friends at YouTube launch when it comes to putting money in the pocket of creators. While YouTube introduced individual channel subscriptions previously (to less fanfare), the video and music streaming platform announced in June that it’ll be expanding its Channel […]

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May Industry Wrap-Up

YouTube: New Charts, ‘Artist On The Rise’, Music Credits Even besides the launch of their new steaming service, YouTube Music, the video streaming platform had a busy month. We’ve always known YouTube to be a place where small-time artists and personalities can become viral superstars overnight, drawing many eyes from social media posts and word-of-mouth. […]

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Introducing YouTube Music – YouTube’s New Streaming Service

YouTube has long been the go-to platform for all things video – whether it’s series, news, music videos, viral user generated content or everything in between. Along the way, it also became a hugely popular destination for just general music streaming and discovery. Meanwhile its parent, Google, established its own streaming and download service Google […]

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April Industry Wrap-Up

Amazon Music Subscriber Rate Soars in 2018 Too often we in the music community focus on the ongoing competition between streaming stalwarts Apple Music and Spotify. Quarterly reports continually result in alarm bells going off on both sides, seeming to suggest to everyone in the States, anyway, that there are really only two household names […]

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March Industry Wrap-Up

U.S. Recorded Music Revenues On The Rise The Recording Industry Association of America released its recorded music figures for 2017 in April. One major takeaway from the report was a 16.5% increase in retail value from 2016, up to $8.72 billion, and a 12.6% overall rise to $5.9 billion in wholesale revenue collection. If you’ve […]

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February Industry Wrap-Up

Our monthly look back at news from the music industry – distribution, streaming, publishing and other topics that matter to the our community of independent music makers.   Apple Music Eyes Eventual Leading Spot With 36 Million Subscribers As music streaming becomes more popular among fans each month, independent artists are seeing the benefits – […]

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January 2018 Industry Wrap-Up

Copyright Royalty Board Approves Increases in Mechanical Rates Good news for songwriters of all stripes: this month,the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) approved a series of graduated increases in mechanical royalty rates. What’s being referred to as the single largest jump in mechanical royalties in history, rates are scheduled to increase 43.8% over the course […]

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INTERVIEW: Fanburst Seeks To Offer Independent Artists More Streaming Options

While it’s known among our artist community that getting your music in stores and streaming platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play has never been easier. But of course there are other platforms that don’t require typical digital distribution, such as Soundcloud and Bandcamp, allowing artists to host and share their music either for […]

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December Industry Wrap-Up

Amazon Music Unlimited Expands to 28 Countries Back when TuneCore got started, Amazon was one of the first stores we helped independent artists get their music into. It was a different digital landscape back then, but over the next decade Amazon would evolve in pretty miraculous ways – bringing us to the age of in-home […]

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