Ditto Music

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Ditto Music
Private
IndustryMusic
GenreOnline distribution, Record label
Founded2005
FounderLee Parsons, Matt Parsons
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Lee Parsons
Matt Parsons
ProductsRecord Label Services, Online Delivery (Music)
ServicesRecord Label Services and On-demand music distribution
Number of employees
103
WebsiteDitto Music Website

Ditto Music is an online music distribution company. It distributes music to 160 digital music stores, including Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, VEVO, Apple Music, Beatport, Deezer and Shazam[1][2]

Ditto Music currently operates from its head office in Liverpool, England, with other offices based in London, Nashville, New York, Melbourne, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, India, Mexico, Brazil and the Philippines.[3]

The company has been the subject of controversy regarding royalty payments, and the aggressive treatment artists have experienced from Ditto's customer service team [4].

History[edit]

Ditto Music was started by Matt and Lee Parsons who were previously in bands themselves. Ditto's first artist was released on December 25, 2005.

In January 2007 Ditto Music distributed “Blag, Steal & Borrow” by Essex band Koopa, which entered into the UK Top 40, making it the first chart hit by an unsigned band,[5] this achievement is in the Guinness Book Of World Records[6] Ditto Music have achieved 11 UK Top 40 hits with unsigned artists to date [7] and have openly spoken out supporting artists' rights.[8][9][10]

In August 2015, Ditto Music launched Record Label in a Box, a product containing the digital and physical tools needed to set up and run an independent record label.[11][12]

Ditto Music was also nominated for Best Label/Artist Services Company at the Music Week Awards in 2017 and 2018.[13][14]

Services[edit]

Ditto's main distribution service offers unlimited releases to all major online stores on an annual subscription basis starting from £19 per year. The company operates non-exclusive deals with artists keeping 100% of their royalty earnings.[15]

Alongside its core music distribution service, Ditto Music also offers record label services including PR, social media and playlist pitching to independent artists.[16]

Notable musicians[edit]

Ditto Music distributes music for more than 150,000 independent artists globally, working with artists at all stages of their careers and across all genres. Notable artists who have released music through Ditto Music include Ed Sheeran, Dodie Clark, Sam Smith, Royal Blood, Yxng Bane, Stormzy and Chance the Rapper.[17]

Criticisms[edit]

In a 2014 article titled "We Asked Ditto Music If They Pay Mechanical Royalties. This Is What They Said…" published on digitalmusicnews.com,[18] writer and musician Ari Herstand published claims that Ditto Music has failed to pay mechanical royalties owed to artists who have used their online distribution services. The article included excerpts from an email allegedly sent to Ari from Lee Parson's that ignored Ari's inquiry into Ditto Music's failure to pay artists, instead threatening Ari with a libel lawsuit.

Responses to the article included numerous commenters and Ditto artists who had failed to receive payouts from album sales, as well as users who had had bad experience with Ditto's staff and support team and a lack of professionalism. In a matter of months after the article was published, both Parsons brothers had responded to various claims in the comment section with abuse and threats. The company has closed down the accounts of users who have made complaints about the service, and have been known to block users who leave negative feedback via social media. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sell your music at Ditto Music". Ditto Music. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. ^ "How to get your band on Spotify". Wired. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Ditto Music expands with 12 new global offices". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ "We Asked Ditto Music If They Pay Mechanical Royalties. This Is What They Said..." Digital Music News. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Entertainment | Unsigned band make chart history". BBC News. 14 January 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  6. ^ First unsigned band to reach the Top 40 on the UK singles chart. Guinness World Records (2007-01-14). Retrieved on 2015-09-26.
  7. ^ "Ditto Music Artist Box Bottom Signs Record Deal With Ndubz Record Label "All Around The World"". Mi2N.com. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  8. ^ "I'm a Music Industry CEO. And I Think Sonicbids Made Millions by Exploiting Struggling Artists". Digital Music News. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Sick of Free? Spotify Pays 3 Times More on Premium Streams". Digital Music News. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Ditto Music Is Now Offering Free, Emergency Accounts to Tunecore Artists". Digital Music News. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Record Label in a Box hits all the right notes". The Times. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ "You Can Now Buy Your Own Record Label in a Box". Forbes.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  13. ^ "2017 Music Week Awards: And the nominees are..." Music Week. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  14. ^ "2018 Music Week Awards: And the nominees are..." Music Week. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Ditto Music pricing". Ditto Music. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Ditto Music promotional services". Ditto Music. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  17. ^ "A lot of artists end up frustrated if they sign away their independence". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  18. ^ http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/
  19. ^ "We Asked Ditto Music If They Pay Mechanical Royalties. This Is What They Said..." Digital Music News. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2017.