YOUTUBE ISSUES CONTENT BLOCKING THREATS TO INDEPENDENT LABELS

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation that represents the interests of the global independent music community has responded to news that YouTube intends to block the content of members who do not sign a new music streaming agreement describing it as ‘unnecessary and indefensible’
 
WIN was formed in 2006 to represent the global independent industry, which boasts the second largest global market share after Universal. 
 

Danish music company revenue up 5.2% in 2013

Our friends at IFPI Denmark have recently published their annual analysis on the revenue streams of Danish music companies. The results show a staggering 5.2% rise in revenue compared to 2012.
Here's the full report (in Danish): http://www.ifpi.dk/publikationer/Musikselskaber2013.pdf
Keep in mind while reading this that a lot of the sales of smaller record labels isn't a part of the statistics presented by IFPI. 

Iceage & Agnes Obel nominated for Impala Award

Following its successful launch three years ago, the IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award is back for its fourth edition.
 
This European Mercury-style award celebrates the musical talent and diversity of releases by independent European labels. It promotes exceptional artists and the independent sector alike.
 
Voting is now taking place on the 24-album shortlist to decide who will succeed “Coexist” by The xx. The best album will be selected by a jury of IMPALA Board members, with the winner announced next month.