CD Baby Artists Earned More than $100 Million Last Year

CD Baby artists earned greater than $100 million in 2018, seemingly resulting from its unique offers with Spotify and Apple Music.

Several months in the past, Spotify revealed its listing most well-liked artist distributors.

Listing Distrokid in daring, the listing additionally consists of CD Baby, EmuBands, The Orchard, and FUBA.

These 5 firms will assist impartial artists and labels rapidly get their music onto the service.  Spotify’s take care of every distributor additionally permits them to distribute music onto rival streaming music platforms.

Then, just some weeks later, Apple Music quietly unveiled its personal most well-liked artist distributors.  Dubbed the ‘Apple Preferred Distribution Program,’ the corporate named simply three music distributors as its ‘Preferred Plus’ companions – CD Baby, The Orchard, and Kontor New Media.

Now, one digital distributor has reaped the advantages.

In 2018, artists on CD Baby earned effectively over $100 million.

The 20-year-old firm claims it’s constantly paid artists “each single week with out fail, it doesn’t matter what.”

The determine has come from the next sources:

  • Streaming and obtain income.
  • CD and vinyl gross sales.
  • Social video monetization on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and so on.
  • Sync licensing.
  • Publishing administration (for each efficiency and mechanical royalties).
  • The “label” share licensed, non-interactive streaming royalties.
  • Other sources.

Speaking concerning the determine, CD Baby’s Chris Robley added,

This determine represents a 25% enhance over 2017.  CD Baby had paid out $80.1 million, up 33% from 2016.

The firm distributes 750,000 artists and over 9 million tracks.  CD Baby additionally publishes 170,000 songwriters and greater than 1 million songs.  The firm represents artists in over 200 territories worldwide.

Early final 12 months, CD Baby claimed it distributed 650,000 artists, 140,000 songwriters, and 875,000 songs.

The big bump almost definitely got here from its unique distribution offers with Spotify and Apple Music.


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