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Downtown buys CD Baby owner for $200m

The fierce battle to dominate the independent music distribution sector just got a new major player. Downtown Music Holdings, the parent company of Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust, is acquiring AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of businesses, including CD Baby, AdRev, DashGo and Soundrop. AVL’s client base includes over 900,000 artists, labels and other rightsholders,...

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CD Baby artists earned over $100 million in 2018

Independent artists worldwide are generating serious money for the music industry. According to estimated recently figures published by MIDiA Research, total revenue generated by ‘self-releasing’ artists in 2018 was $643 million – up 35% on 2017, when the equivalent annual number hit $472m. Today, MBW can reveal that a single distribution company, CD Baby, contributed over $100m of...

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CD Baby now publishes over a million songs – and says it’s ‘helping solve the industry’s publishing problem one songwriter at a time’

The music industry has gotten used to describing CD Baby as a “distributor” over the past 20 years, but the Oregon-headquartered business has grown far beyond this core service – as a new milestone handsomely proves. Five years ago, CD Baby partnered with indie tech platform Songtrust to launch a publishing administration service for its...

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CD Baby expands into the UK with new London office

Distribution and services company CD Baby, run by CEO Tracy Maddux (pictured), has expanded its operation into the UK – with its first office east of the Atlantic. The company’s new London HQ is being headed by Rich Orchard, who joins CD Baby as Director of Market Development, EU. Orchard has more than 15 years experience...

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