CANNES, FRANCE (Top40 Charts/ IODA) - IODA, the global leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music and film industry, today announced that labels Som Livre, Munich Records, Scorpio and the Caribbean Music
Group have selected IODA to power digital distribution for their releases. These leading labels expand IODA's diverse catalog of music from independents in over 50 countries. Using its proven technology platform, IODA will bring this quality music to the virtual shelves of more than 400 digital retailers, mobile outlets and subscription services that make up IODA's global distribution network. The announcement was made at the MIDEM conference this week in Cannes, France where IODA's CEO, Kevin
Arnold, will be speaking on Tuesday, January 20 at 3:30 pm on the panel 'How are indies positioned in today's digital landscape?' and on Wednesday, January 21 at 11:00 am on the panel "How to leverage the new distribution deals for artists and labels."
"These are extraordinarily high quality releases we are bringing into our global distribution network," commented Erik Gilbert, vice president, content for IODA. "Som Livre seals our presence as the leading digital distributor of Brazilian music while Munich and Scorpio significantly enhance our catalog from Europe. We are particularly excited about the unique Reggae and Caribbean artists that Caribbean Music Group brings to our roster with its growing fan base worldwide. These established and emerging artists will now be available to fans around the world."
"Our decision to choose IODA for digital distribution was made only after very careful consideration of many factors including strength and scalability of technology, global reach, and quality of client services," said Luciana Paiva, marketing and digital manager, Som Livre. "We are delighted with the IODA/Som Livre partnership and look forward to excellent results."
"Partnering with IODA is an important strategic step for us as it expands our reach to fans that we otherwise would not have access to," commented Sandy Herder, digital operations and neighboring rights manager, Munich Records. "The centerpiece of IODA's highly scalable platform is its Rightsholder Dashboard, which provides an easy-to-use system whereby our labels can track sales, edit metadata, and choose how content will be distributed and marketed. This was particularly attractive for us as we believe it will make our labels more productive, better informed and far more successful."
Som Livre is a Brazilian record label owned by Globo Group, the fourth largest media conglomerate in the world, with TV stations watched by more than 120 million people daily. Som Livre is one of the three largest record labels in the Brazilian market and was founded in 1969 to commercialize soap opera sound tracks. Som Livre soon expanded to record national Brazilian artists and bands, including Tim Maia, Rita Lee, Barao Vermelho, Cazuza, Xuxa, Marina Elali and others. For more information, go to www.somlivre.com.
Munich Records, based in the Netherlands, was created in 1946 and for many years specialized in producing, licensing and distributing Roots music and representing independent labels such as World Circuit, Greensleeves and Rounder. In recent years Munich Records also attracted independent labels such as Domino, Drag City and Saddle Creek. On its own label, Munich Records has signed European licensing agreements direct with artists such as Tony Joe White, Mary Gauthier, Dayna Kurtz and Kate & Anna McGarrigle as well as independent darlings Death Cab For Cutie and Centro-Matic/South San Gabriel. For more information, go to https://www.munichrecords.com.
Scorpio Music was founded in 1976 by Henri Belolo, also the founder of the Village People and the Ritchie Family. Thirty-two years later, Scorpio Music is one of the leading independent record companies in France with tracks like 2 Unlimited, Haddaway, Gala, 20 Fingers, Blue, Lorna, Outwork, Sharam, Alex Gaudino, Enur feat and Natasja. Artists in Scorpio Music's catalog include the Village People, Ritchie Family, Break Machine, Najoua Belyzel, DJ Assad and Eartha Kitt. For more information, go to https://www.scorpiomusic.fr.
Caribbean Music Group (CMG), based out of Trinidad, is the major operator involved with Caribbean Music, having dedicated the last 15 years to pushing it high on the worldwide map of the music industry. Its labels include legendary Ritualsmusic, a Trinidadian label with Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Zouk, Caribbean World, Steelband, Rapso and Parang with artists such as 3Canal, Brother Resistance, Mungal Patasar, Kindred, Superblue, Pamberi Steel Orchestra, and Chris Combette, among others. For more information, go to https://www.caribbeanmusicgroup.com.
IODA, the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, is the industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music community. IODA provides comprehensive services to record labels, physical distributors, and artists, including license negotiations; media encoding and metadata management; and royalty payment administration and reporting. The company also offers promotional support through a dedicated marketing division and through the IODA Promonet (www.iodapromonet.com), a promotional distribution network that provides qualified podcasts, blogs, and other promotional sites with access to pre-cleared, legal music and other promotional assets from IODA's labels. Founded in 2003, IODA represents a rapidly expanding roster of over a million and a half tracks from artists around the globe. The company's website is www.iodalliance.com.