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BREAKING: Believe Digital Is About To Screw 100k Musicians

BREAKING: Believe Digital Is About To Screw 100k Musicians | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Artists will receive an email from TuneCore in “a few days” with a promo code to re-distribute their releases “for free” for the first year.

Sounds reasonable right? Except, it’s not at all.

For one, Zimbalam artists were promised when they signed up that there would be “no annual fees” and “no hidden charges.” Except, now there are. $50 a year PER ALBUM and $10 a year per single. You distributed 4 albums with Zimbalam over the years? Well, now you owe $200 A YEAR if you want to go with TuneCore. Been putting out a single a week for the past year? It will now cost you $520 a year on TuneCore.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Acquisitions & market consolidation will bring no good to indie + self released artists.
If you're currently tied with Zimbalam/Tunecore, you should be considering other options (CDBaby would be on top of my list)

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Spotify's $250m backer leads $60m investment in Believe Digital - Music Business Worldwide

Spotify's $250m backer leads $60m investment in Believe Digital - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Believe Digital has received $60m growth capital investment from Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and XAnge.

TCV is a serial investor in digital and content companies, whose previous bets include Vice Media, for whom it led a $250m round of funding in September 2014.

Its most notorious investment, though, came in November 2013, when it led another $250m round of funding – this time in Spotify.

Well, not just ‘led': reports suggest it was entirely responsible for the cash injection, used to fuel Spotify’s crucial global expansion in its quest for dominance.

TCV General Partner John Rosenberg (pictured) will now join Believe Digital’s Board of Directors.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Beware America! Believe Digital is coming to get you!

The french digital distro is aiming to a much wider market.

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Ex-TuneCore CEO Jeff Price: The End Of The New Music Industry Transformation - hypebot

Ex-TuneCore CEO Jeff Price: The End Of The New Music Industry Transformation - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
How Technology Destroyed The Traditional Music Industry In 2006, Jeff Price (@TuneCoreJeff) launched TuneCore, for the first time allowing all artists onto the shelves of the digital music services whithout giving up rights or revenue.
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Comment Believe Digital veut court-circuiter les majors de la musique | FrenchWeb.fr

Comment Believe Digital veut court-circuiter les majors de la musique | FrenchWeb.fr | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Cette plateforme de distribution de musique en ligne revendique 150 000 artistes utilisant ses services. Entretien avec Denis Ladegaillerie, PDG et fondateur.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Believe Digital claims to offer self released artists better deals that most traditional/major labels. B/D has recently acquired its US competitor Tunecore.

[french read, sorry]

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Prediction: Major Label Will Aquire DIY Distributor - hypebot

Prediction: Major Label Will Aquire DIY Distributor - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
By Frank Woodworth (@GlacialConcepts), Director of Business Development at Thrillcall, a concert discovery and ticketing platform for web and mobile applications. A major label is going to buy a DIY distributor, such as TuneCore or CD Baby.
Pierre Priot's insight:

What will happen of today's DIY distributors? Let's hope they won't turn into merger game for major companies.

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