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October 11, 2019 – Music Biz Member Epitaph Joins AMPED Distribution for Physical Distribution in the U.S.

In a press release this week, Music Biz member Epitaph announced that the label, along with its sister label Anti-, have tapped AMPED Distribution, the indie arm of member Alliance Entertainment, as their new distribution partner in the U.S. “We’re thrilled to be joining AMPED and look forward to many successful years together,” commented Epitaph/Anti- CEO Brett Gurewitz. “AMPED’s ability to quickly and continually supply brick and click outlets large and small with Epitaph Records and Anti- Records impressively diverse roster will help fans find their artist wherever they shop,” offered Dean Tabaac,... Read More

October 9, 2019 – Music Biz Partner DDEX Details New MEAD Metadata Standard

DDEX’s Mark Isherwood and Niels Rump to discuss the format in a Music Biz Webinar tomorrow In a press announcement late last week, international standards-setting organization DDEX detailed its Media Enrichment and Description (MEAD) standard, set to provide a new level of music metadata capabilities. The MEAD standard enables support for additional types of metadata that do not appear in Electronic Release Notification (ERN) messages from labels and distributors. MEAD will allow for over 30 types of additional data — including lyrics,... Read More

October 2, 2019 – Music Biz Member Symphonic Distribution Appoints Brandon Hixon as Head of New Black Music Division

Music Biz member Symphonic Distribution has announced that industry veteran Brandon Hixon will lead the company’s newly formed Black Music Division, based out of their Brooklyn office. Hixon brings more than 20 years of experience in the global Hip-Hop business, with experience in bolstering Black music from regions overseas. “I’m proud to join a 100% independent company with a rich history in developing artists, founded by a Latin American,” Hixon commented, referring to Symphonic founder Jorge Brea.... Read More

September 16, 2019 – Music Biz Member Brian Penick Pens Billboard Op-Ed, Set to Host November 7 Webinar

Music Biz member Brian Penick, Managing Partner of Legacy Entertainment Ventures, has penned an op-ed for Billboard in which he highlights five areas in the music tech sector that investors should pay attention to. Citing the strong growth the recorded music business has experienced in recent years, Penick highlights artificial intelligence, metadata and blockchain technologies, direct-to-consumer solutions, brand empowerment, and celebrity investment vehicles as areas of growth that will be of major importance in the music business going forward. ... Read More

September 12, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Sweet

Join us in welcoming Sweet to the Music Biz member community! Sweet has developed an innovative platform that bolsters value creation for artists by rewarding their fans with loyalty tokens called “Sugar.” Fans can earn Sugar through over 100 actions including streaming music, watching videos, sharing favorite social, attending concerts or events, and visiting stores. Sugar can then be redeemed in Sweet’s Rewards Marketplace for access to exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences with artists, such as attending a sound check with LeAnn Rimes,... Read More

September 9, 2019 – Music Biz Member Symphonic Distribution Launches New In-House Record Label

Congratulations to Music Biz member Symphonic Distribution, who earlier this month launched their new in-house record label, sleev3s! Every release on the sleev3s imprint will be curated by a “genre expert” from within the company, and will be paired with a charity that will receive a portion of the streaming royalties for each track.  The label’s first compilation will be curated by Symphonic’s Senior Electronic A&R Manager, Jakub Alexander, who has paired the release with the charity Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.... Read More

September 4, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Truflow Hub

Please welcome Truflow Hub to the Music Business Association! The company offers international artists visa, booking, and tour management services to provide a hassle-free touring experience in the United States. Currently, Truflow Hub is in the planning phase for the Overflow Tour, which will be headlined by Sinach, one of the biggest Christian artists in the world. Truflow Hub chose to join Music Biz to access the resources and connections that will help them best meet the needs of the international touring artist community.... Read More

September 3, 2019 – Music Biz Member Qobuz Featured In Forbes Interview, Set to Host Oct. 3 Webinar

Forbes Magazine recently posted an interview with Qobuz USA Managing Director Dan Mackta, commemorating the high-res streaming service’s stateside launch six months ago. The article covers what sets Qobuz apart from other streaming platforms, and how Mackta believes the hi-res music market will evolve in the near future. Click here to read the full Forbes interview. In other Qobuz-related news, Mackta will host a Music Biz Webinar entitled “What is Hi-Res Audio and Why Does It Matter in 2019?,” set for Thursday,... Read More

August 20, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Nashville Label Group

Please welcome Nashville Label Group, the newest member of the Music Biz community! Nashville Label Group was founded in 2018 by Seventh Day Slumber frontman Joseph Rojas, who sought to establish a company that supported artists who shared his passion for serving Christ through music. The group has three genre labels: Rockfest Records for Rock, True Breed Records for Rap and Hip-Hop, and Burtonwood Records for Worship. In addition to Seventh Day Slumber, NLG’s artist roster includes Random Hero,... Read More

August 13, 2019 – Music Biz Member Single Music Launches New Marketing Tool BoostLinks

Music Biz member Single Music has announced the debut of their new marketing tool, BoostLinks, touting it as “Bundling For The Streaming Age.” The tool allows artists to create a customizable landing page that combines their physical merch with pre-adds, saves and streaming links to increase fan engagement, follows and subscribes. With every purchase, the fan receives an email that further ‘boosts’ whichever various channels the artist choose to promote.   BoostLinks will help Single Music build upon its mission of empowering artists and labels to directly sell their merch and music with ease while making the most revenue.... Read More