BUSINESS OF INDIE: Swift Goes Major • Glassnote Goes AWAL • Recording Academy Changes • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this 2nd edition of our continously updated Business Of Indie compendium of independent  music news, we share stories on Taylor Swift's exit from indie Big Machine to UMG, Glassnote's switch from UMG to AWAL (Do they cancel each other out?), changes in Recording Academy membership to increase diversity and much more. As always, you'll find it under our INDIE tab here


Big Radio Payments To Artists, Producers, Labels Are Overdue [A2IM's Richard James Burgess]

2While radio stations have provided compensation to songwriters and music publishers, they have never never paid record labels, artists, or producers, something which, Richard James Burgess of A2IM believes, it's high time to change.

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Taylor Swift Exits Big Machine For Universal Music Group

Taylor swiftJust a month after becoming a free agent, Taylor Swift has announced a global deal with Universal Music Group and its Republic Records imprint. The superstar has been with indie label Big Machine since 2006, selling more than 32 million albums in the US alone.  As part of the new deal,  Swift will own her own masters going forward.

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Glassnote Moves Distribution From UMG To Kobalt's AWAL

image from musically.comIndie label Glassnote Music has shifted its digital and physical distribution to Kobalt's AWAL, after years at Universal Music Group.  Glassnote artists include Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Childish Gambino, The Strumbellas, and Jade Bird.

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Latin Music Is Now YouTube's Dominate Genre

YouTube Music logoLatin music and artists have become a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. At the start of 2017 there were 5 videos from Latin artists in YouTube’s Billion Views Club, and as of today, there are 41. More than half of the top 100 most-viewed music videos of 2018 are Latin and 8 of the top 10 most-viewed music videos of 2018 feature Latin artists.

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Will Taylor Swift Exercise Her Nuclear Option?

1Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.

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Pitchfork and Vinyl Me, Please Launch Reissue Series With Slowdive's Pygmalion

image from lh4.googleusercontent.comPitchfork and record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please are partnering to curate and reissue four special edition vinyl albums over the next year. The series will kick off in December with UK shoegaze legends Slowdive and a limited 2,000 record pressing of their 1995 album Pygmalion.

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YouTube Music Charts 11.2-8.18: Ariana Grande Is #1, Linkin Park Passes 1B Views

YouTube Music logoOn the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again  following the release of their biopic

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The Business Of Indie: Daptone Resurrected • New Ole CEO, Acquisitions • Sup Pop Singles Club • More

Business Of IndieToday Hypebot launches The Business Of Indie, an initial step in our effort to give independent labels, publishers and artists the attention they deserve. Much like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie will be nestled under the Indie tab at the top of the page and feature a constantly updated compendium of indie news  from hundreds of global sources.  

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The Business Of Indie Launches Tuesday • Prophecy Expands To US

Business Of IndieIndependent labels, publishers and artists are the heart of the music business. But with media and the trades obsessed with major labels, big hits and the Life Of Kanye, indie music doesn't get the recognition it deserves. So Tuesday, Hypebot is launching The Business Of Indie as a first step to change that.

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Sick Of Being 'Pushed Around By Older Bands' Bad Omens Exits Senses Fail Tour

BOBad Omens has dropped off the Senses Fail / Amity Affliction tour, but the young band is claiming it is not about the size of its name on poster artwork, as previously reported.  Senses Fail tweeted that the “Misery Will Find You” tour will no longer include Bad Omens because they were “unhappy about the size of their name on the artwork and felt the need to pull out the day after we announced the tour.”

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UK Americana Awards Names 2019 Nominees, Graham Nash To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

image from celebrityaccess.comThe UK Americana Awards have announced its shortlist for their 2019 nominees. Iconic singer, songwriter and musician Graham Nash OBE, has been selected by the Americana Music Association UK as its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  U.S. and international artists including Darlingside and Brandi Carlisle were also nominated.

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Pandora Adds Christine Colbert To Indie Relations Team

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has named Christine Colbert as Senior Manager, Industry Relations - Indie. She joins the streamer from Warp Records, where she was North American Project and Communications Manager, working with such artists as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and Grizzly Bear. 

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Sub Pop Relaunches Vinyl Singles Club

Sub-pop-logoLegendary Seattle independent label, Sub Pop has announced that it is relaunching its Singles Club for the fourth time following a 10-year hiatus. The subscription-based service, which is scheduled to kick off in April of 2019, will be valued at $130 and will include 12 exclusive 7-inch singles from a variety of still unannounced artists. 

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CNCO, Daddy Yankees Top Latin American Music Awards 2018

image from celebrityaccess.comCNCO, Ozuna and Daddy Yankee were the big winners at the Latin American Music Awards 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night. CNCO took home Favorite Duo or Group, Favorite Artist – Pop and Favorite Artist – Pop for CNCO. Ozuna won Favorite Artists – Urban, Album of the Year and Favorite Album – Urban for Odisea. Daddy Yankee won Favorite Male Artist and was honored with the ICON award, according to UPI.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiIn this batch of tips for the music industry's scrappiest, do-it-yourselfers, we offer wise council on using marketing platforms, how to diplomatically and effectively approach venues for booking, YouTube's opening up of its channels to more creators, and more!

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Apple Music Ups Latin Game With ¡Dale Play! Playlist

Image1 (2)Apple Music is making a play for the red hot Latin music market with ¡Dale Play!, a newly launched playlist of hot Latin hits globally. Each week, the playlist artwork features a different artist hand selected by Apple Music’s editorial team and will act as its face of Latin music for the week.

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Spotify Playlist Submission Exits Beta, 1 of 6 Scored Official Playlist Placement

Spotify newIn July, Spotify opened the process of submitting music to Official Spotify playlists - 2018's holy grail of music marketing - to all artists and labels.  The submission tool has now exited beta, and the stats from the first few months are impressive.

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INgrooves Joins eMusic Exodus Over Late Payments

INgrooves-logoINgrooves has joined a growing group of distributors and record labels pulling their music from eMusic over continued payment problems, a spokesperson told Hypebot Monday.  Just weeks ago, The Orchard and Naxos separately pulled their extensive catalogs from the struggling subscription music download platform.

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CD Baby, Cosynd Partner For Affordable Copyright Services

Copyright_symbol_9CD Baby has partnered with Cosynd to offer an affordable legal services platform to document ownership of content. Launching next month, the partnership will enable members to create basic copyright ownership agreements and split sheets, and then to register with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Spotify Names 5 Preferred Distributors, What Does That Say About All The Others?

Spotify newHypebot recently uncovered that Spotify had bestowed "preferred" status on just five of the many distributors delivering music to the platform  That news came alongside the shockwaves that Spotify sent through the distribution sector with two recent announcements. 

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