The social music website is to offer free streaming of full-length recordings from all 4 major record labels and more than 150,000 independent labels and artists
Unsigned artists are also being given opportunity to earn revenue through revolutionary new “Artist Royalty” service.
Last.fm (www.last.fm) announced Wednesday that it is launching a service to allow anyone to listen to music on the site for free.
In launching this service, Last.fm becomes the first music website to offer free, global, on-demand access to the largest licensed catalogue of music built on partnerships with all four major record labels - Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG, Warner and EMI - as well as CD Baby, IODA, the Orchard, Naxos and more than 150,000 independent labels and artists.
Martin Stiksel, Last.fm co-founder, said: “We’re giving the listener free access to what is basically the best jukebox in the world. The ability to dip into such a uniquely broad catalogue from your laptop, home or office computer, and listen to whatever you want for free represents a new way of consuming music that in turn might change the way you listen to music. In that respect, nobody else can currently offer what Last.fm is offering right now.”
“It is clear to us that communities built around great content are increasingly driving traffic and revenue online,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation who acquired Last.fm on May 30th 2007. “We acquired Last.fm because music is one of the best ways to build communities on the internet. Adding such a tremendous collection of content to Last.fm will help it grow by leaps and bounds. The skill set that we’re learning along the way will be very important as we build additional online communities around our other world-class content as well.”
At the same time, Last.fm is launching an unprecedented “Artist Royalty” arrangement, whereby those artists not signed with a label who choose to upload their music to Last.fm will receive payment, directly from Last.fm, every time one of their tracks is played. This means artists without traditional recording or publishing deals will be able to reach millions of music fans, offer their music for free, while generating revenue.
“We’re building a platform to help redesign the music economy, enabling artists and labels to earn revenue according to how people listen, rather than how they buy,” said Last.fm’s other co-founder, Felix Miller. “Now we can offer the arrangement to unsigned music creators too. For the first time, anyone can upload tracks and get paid when those tracks are played. It’s a whole different model -- one that benefits the artists, labels and advertisers - but most of all the listeners.”
Last.fm’s free-on-demand service will be advertiser supported, allowing clients unique opportunities to reach a highly targeted and engaged audience.
Launching today (Wed 23/1/08) in the US, UK and Germany, Last.fm is scheduled to roll out the free-on-demand service globally in the coming months. All tracks can be streamed for free up to three times each. At that point, the listener has the option to purchase the song for download via any of Last.fm’s affiliate partners including iTunes, Amazon and 7 Digital.
Founded in 2002 in London, Last.fm is the online, social music revolution that connects people with music and artists with listeners. By joining the Last.fm community, music fans can choose to share their music preferences by linking their media player to the Last.fm database. This database is populated continually with over 600 million monthly track submissions from Last.fm music fans. As a result, Last.fm can intelligently recommend songs, artists, local concerts and even other members based on their musical tastes. Thanks to partnerships with Universal, EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, CD Baby, independent aggregators The Orchard and IODA, and more than 150,000 independent artists and labels that upload music directly to the site, Last.fm can draw recommendations from one of the most extensive online music catalogues. Learn more about Last.fm at www.last.fm.
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