BlackBerry and Zimbalam team up to offer digital music distribution for Indie artists and labels

BlackBerry and Zimbalam offers artists and indie labels a unique opportunity to get their content onto the BlackBerry World storefront

By Bla1ze on 22 Mar 2013 01:38 pm
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There is a lot of talented musicians out there these days and many of them aren't signed to major labels for one reason or another. In those cases, getting music out there and heard is harder and more expensive due to the costs associated with distribution. A new deal announced between BlackBerry and Zimbalam offers artists and indie labels a unique opportunity to get their content onto the BlackBerry World storefront by offering worldwide distribution tools, sales reports and customer support.

“Zimbalam exists in order to allow unsigned artists to get their music on to digital music stores and to find their audience. We are excited to be working with BlackBerry as it will give artists access to a different fan base and help with the discovery of their music,” said Denis Ladegaillerie, CEO of Zimbalam.

 If you're an unsigned artist looking to expand your content, this certainly something to look into. If you're looking for more information, you can jump below to read on through the full press release.

Press Release

BlackBerry and Zimbalam to Bring Digital Music Distribution Service for Independent Artists and Labels to BlackBerry 10

Waterloo, ON, March 22, 2013 – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) and Zimbalam, a leading global digital music distributor for developing and independent artists, announced today that they are working together to offer unsigned musicians an easy and efficient way to bring their music content to the BlackBerry® World™ storefront. Zimbalam and BlackBerry will leverage Zimbalam’s expansive distribution network and custom technologies to give independent artists the ability to sell their music around the world on BlackBerry World.

Artists will enjoy Zimbalam’s clear and simple interface and daily sales reports. Customer support is tailored to the artist’s local language and distribution packs are adapted geographically. Artists also have the opportunity to evolve and move their careers a step forward as currently over 20 artists a month are offered the opportunity to work with A&R and develop their careers. To get started, artists simply visit Zimbalam, create an account with Zimbalam, choose their release dates and the territories they want to sell their music in, pay a small distribution fee, and begin selling their music. Artists remain free and independent and earn 90% of their royalties from sales.

Zimbalam exists in order to allow unsigned artists to get their music on to digital music stores and to find their audience. We are excited to be working with BlackBerry as it will give artists access to a different fan base and help with the discovery of their music,” said Denis Ladegaillerie, CEO of Zimbalam.

Whether you’re an independent artist, label or simply a customer who loves to create music, Zimbalam through BlackBerry World will be a fantastic vehicle to share your music with the world,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry.

About Zimbalam

Launched in Europe in 2009 Europe's largest digital music distributor, Zimbalam, wants to free talent, rejuvenate creativity and promote musical diversitty by giving independent artists a solution to sell their music on the major worldwide digital stores and streaming services. The artist earns 90% of their royalties from sales, keeps their rights, the contract is non-exclusive and they remain totally free and independent. Available for artists all worldwide since 2012, Zimbalam has already helped 80,000 artists. - www.zimbalam.com.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BB). For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

 

23 comments

youjamal

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QuIcKsIlV3r

wow congrats, do you want a Spam cookie for your AWESOME achievement of posting first and not contributing to the post itself?

magoo403

BlackBerries with hipster cred?!

Still, great to see something with indie music as a focus.

QuIcKsIlV3r

I agree, I'm not really a fan of indie music, but this is a good way how to get the word out on indie bands

kill_9

I fear we'll see a flood of garbage in the same view as apps in BlackBerry World. I listen to various independent artists whom I discover primarily via YouTube videos. I doubt Circa Paleo would have been featured on the new music service.

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kasedillz

You do realize that indie is short for independent right?. Its not a genre of music by itself.
"Indie" in this case means ANY type of independent artist in any genre...from rock to hip hop to dubsteb to polka. I'm sure there is an indie artist somewhere out there for your liking.
For you to say youre not a fan of indie music is like saying you LIKE potatoes but you specifically dont like eating organic, locally grown ones.
Just sayin'

hugeberries

Good job!

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Sexy Sadie

Could someone please delete all this first comments?

magsasaka

So can we use it?

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SDTRMG

This is great

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radlink14

Awesome news!!

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BB_luva

This is relevant to my interests.

3_M4N

*There [are] a lot of talented musicians out there these days and many of them aren't signed to major labels for one reason or another.

Cool sounding app. Now I can discover underground dub step from my mobile computing device. 2 sweeet!

Tony Gritts

Awesome app I can't wait to test it out.

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00stryder

This is a very smart idea! It doesn't sound like a stand-alone app, I think their content will be featured in BlackBerry World. I'm assuming though that they'll have it categorized under an "Indie" section or something. Either way, great idea to help get the grassroots promotion of the (new) BlackBerry brand going.

Rootbrian

I should get my music/videos spread out. Thinking of that, I might let the band know.

Look up keys to the studio, or better yet, dasourlemons. People with disabilities can be the best musicians, I am one of them. I'm glad blackberry is partnered! :)

JTVDigital

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