We Believe in Pop : The winner!

September, 28th 2016 17:58

Pop Montreal’s 15th edition is now (sadly) over and boy did we had a blast. Five days of music conferences, meeting great people and discovering great music – and we’re slowly recovering from it.

In case you’ve missed it, we announced last week that Believe partnered this year with the Montreal festival to reward an indie and emerging artist who blew our minds during the festival for both their music and performance with the “We Believe in Pop” award.

We’re happy to announce that the winner is… drumroll…


The Montreal trio impressed us with their onstage presence and professionalism, but let’s be honest, it’s really the music we fell in love with, somewhere between synth heavy dream pop and groovy beats which reminded us of Robyn. You may have already heard them on MTV’s “Awkward” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and we’re pretty sure this is just the start.

Congratulations to the winner and hope to see you next year at the festival.

To hear more artists already working with Believe Digital, check out our playlist here:

We Believe in Pop!

September, 20th 2016 18:00


For the first time, Believe Digital Canada, leading music digital distribution company for independent labels and artists, partners with Pop Montreal, one of the coolest indie festival, to present the We Believe in Pop award. The award will highlight an indie and emerging artist who blew our minds during the festival for both their music and performance.

But what’s the prize? The winner will be awarded a digital distribution contract, which will allow them to distribute their music on music services, such as Spotify, iTunes and Youtube, all around the world. Through that contract, the winning artist or band will have their own dedicated label manager who will work with them to create a good commercial release strategy, locally and internationally, by providing them advice and expertise regarding all things digital.

The winning project will be announced September 26th, when we’ll somewhat recover from the festival, but until then, here are some of the bands that already caught our ears and who are supported by Believe.


You can find the whole schedule on Pop Montreal’s website at popmontreal.com

And some bands who are on our radar:

Po Lazarus:


Colour Wheel:

Nancy Pants:


Men I Trust:

Radiant Baby:


Gabrielle Shonk:


Believe at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2016

September, 12th 2016 18:37

Last Tuesday, Believe Digital joined a force of independent music industry figures, labels and artists for a night of celebration at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2016.

Proudly sponsoring the category of Independent Label of The Year, Believe Digital also celebrated the nominations of roster acts Protoje featuring Chronixx, Ghetts & Rude Kidd, Flume and label Holy Roar.

Below is a full list of nominations, winners and some photos from the evening. Congratulations to those who picked up an award, see you next year!

BEST SMALL LABEL (in association with Proper Music Distribution)
Beatnik Creative
Earth Recordings
Holy Roar (Believe)
Local Action
Numbers – Winner

BEST DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM (in association with Radio X)
Daughter – Not To Disappear – Winner
Fat White Family – Songs For Our Mothers
Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings On Earth
Money – Suicide Songs
Savages – Adore Life

British Sea Power – The Compleat Illustrated British Sea Power (Vol. 1) (Believe)
Mikael Tariverdiev – Film Music
Slade – When Slade Rocked The World – Winner
Various Artists – Ork Records: New York, New York
Various Artists – Leaf 20 Box Set

Darren Hayman – Winner
Kamasi Washington
Martyn Joseph
Run The Jewels

GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL In association with AIF, voted for via DIYmag.com)
Barn On The Farm
Beat Herder
Brainchild Festival – Winner
Pete The Monkey
Strawberries & Creem Festival

Christine And The Queens – Winner
Father John Misty
Flume (Believe)
Neck Deep

INDIE CHAMPION AWARD (in association with CI)
Chris Bye  – Arts Council England / Liverpool Sound City
Jen Long – DICE
Jess Partridge – London In Stereo
Jon Tolley – Banquet Records – Winner
Mary Anne Hobbs – BBC 6Music

INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR (in association with Vevo)
Darwin Deez – The Mess She Made
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Oscar – Sometimes – Winner
Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

BEST LIVE ACT (voted for by visitors to Songkick)
Babymetal – Winner
Caravan Palace
Sunset Sons
Wolf Alice

Adele – Hello – Winner
Christine And The Queens – Tilted
Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over
Flume – Never Be Like You (Believe)
Ghetts x Rude Kid – One Take (Believe)
Major Lazer ft Nyla & Fuse ODG – Light It Up [remix]
Protoje Ft Chronixx – Who Knows (Believe)
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Skepta – Man
Roots Manuva – Don’t Breathe Out

Sigala – Winner
Wolf Alice

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR (In association with The Orchard)
ARCA – Mutant
Brian Eno – The Ship
Field Music – Commontime
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom
Lapsley – Long Way Home
Little Simz – A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons – Winner
Press To Meco – Good Intent
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Roots Manuva – Bleeds
Skepta – Konnichiwa

INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR (In association with Believe Digital)
Because Music
Bella Union
Epitaph/ANTI – Winner
Moshi Moshi
Ninja Tune

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC (in association with Amazon Music)
Roisin Murphy

Richard Russell, XL Recordings

INNOVATOR AWARD (in association with FUGA)


AIM Awards 2016

Ghetts presenting the 'Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival'

Ghetts presenting the ‘Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival’


Ghetts, Senior Label Manager Craig Evans & Head of Video Laurence James


Noddy Holder accepting his ‘Special Catalogue Release Of The Year (In association with MODO)’ award


The Brewery set up for the event


Nick Parry, Digital Marketing & Communications UK

BPI Council: Independent Representative

August, 31st 2016 13:16



Believe Digital’s UK MD & Chief International Officer Stephen King is one of seven electoral candidates to be a Designated Independent Representative of the BPI Council. To be successful in being elected for one of the two vacancies, Stephen needs your vote. It would be great if you could show your support by taking two minutes to complete the voting process.

If elected to the BPI council, Stephen would like to achieve the following:

  • Ensure that independent labels are properly represented and properly utilising all BPI services & resources.
  • That the voice of the independent community is heard.
  • Help provide better communication and links across global trade bodies.
  • Addressing issues around digital transparency and the Fair Digital Deal Declaration.
  • Help streamline the process across the industry of resolving conflicts for rights-holders.
  • Propagate ideas around education for the music business.

Members can watch and read more about Stephen’s manifesto here.

If you would like to vote for Stephen you can do so in two ways. Firstly, if you are attending the BPI AGM on Wednesday 7th September you will be given voting forms upon arrival. Secondly, you can vote via Proxy by filling in this form and returning it to the given address by 2pm Monday 5th September, this will allow someone to vote on your behalf.

All votes will be greatly appreciated by Stephen and Believe.

Tradiio: New Features

August, 5th 2016 11:33

Tradiio is a music app which enables fans to discover and subscribe directly to their favourite artists with small monthly payments. In exchange, artists provide exclusive releases, behind the scenes content and experiences to bring their fans inside their creative process and journey as an artist.

In exchange, artists provide exclusive releases, behind the scenes content and experiences to bring their fans inside their creative process and journey as an artist.Whilst boasting all the features of a conventional streaming service (playlisting, curation etc.), the platform looks to provide all the tools needed to maximise artist revenues. These include ‘subscriber only’ options for track streaming, locked content sharing as well as each artist being assigned a personal manager to educate them on current best practices.

Recently Tradiio have made some changes to their platform, improving their user interface and functionality.

Check out their website to see more!

Copyrights on YouTube: I received a notification, what should I do ?

July, 19th 2016 10:26

You have uploaded a video on YouTube and received a « copyright notification ». Your video is not monetized for you anymore, or it doesn’t have sound now, or it is simply blocked. Why? What should you do? These are the questions we will try and answer.

Your videos & your rights on YouTube.

If you have uploaded personal videos on YouTube, you may have used a song from an artist to illustrate your purpose. If that is the case, you probably received a notification/content ID claim on YouTube from Believe Digital or another recording label/distributor. This notification warns you that this video is using an audio track in which you don’t own the rights. This is normal! This is because of YouTube’s robot: Content ID. It permanently scans all the videos posted on the platform to detect uses of these songs to then pay back the royalties generated to the rights owner.

The video underneath explains the Content ID in details.

What does this notification imply?

This message informs you that the content from the right owner, whether it is audio or video, is distributed by Believe Digital. In most of the cases, your video will not be blocked (except in specific countries where the rights owner’s strategy is to block the video using this audio). But most of the time, your video will be monetized for the rights owner’s account, via ads on your video.

Which solution is for you?

If you don’t want ads on your YouTube videos, or if you want to monetize your videos for your own account, make sure you have 100% of the audio AND video rights! Because even if you post an original video with some third-party content in it, you will receive the notification from Believe Digital (or from another rights owner).

However, if you previously discussed an agreement with the label/artist from which you want to use the audio recording for your video, the label will inform us about it and we will release our claim.

If you still get a notification and you are absolutely sure you own all of the rights on your video, you can contest this claim directly via your Creator Studio on YouTube. You can find this option by clicking on the blue message “Includes copyrighted content” just near your video in the video manager. This option will inform us directly and we will take further action to solve this conflict as soon as possible.

Finally, if you want to use some musical content in your videos without having to deal with labels and artists, you can choose music from the numerous copyright-free databases on the internet. There is a also free YouTube audio library available right here. You can monetize your videos by using these audio files as long as you comply with the library’s CGUs.

For more detailed information about this topic, you can find the official explanations from YouTube about copyrights management right here.

Believe Digital win big at Music Managers Forum rounders tournament!

July, 15th 2016 14:46

Last night, Team Believe (Team Noel) absolutely smashed it at the Music Managers Forum sports day in Stratford! This came after their MMF X BT Sport ‘Finding Sync Success’ panel at BT Sports Studios. The head of our brilliant Sync UK department, Pete Beck took part in the panel.

You can see some photos from the event and the aftermath of the rounders tournament below… (mostly of Leigh Morgan doing a well deserved victory lap on behalf of Believe).


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Sexy Zebras on Vagabundos Records

June, 15th 2016 16:02

sexy zebras

Sexy Zebras (Vagabundos Records) are a crushing rock n roll band from Madrid that captured the attention from companies such as Live Nation. After they received the award for the Best Spanish band in Mexico at the Los Indie-O Music Awards 2016 , they are ready to conquer Mexico and the US Latin market with a powerful collaboration with Randy of Molotov in the song “Hijo de Puta” . In parallel they’ll be on different festivals in the U.S like LAMC in NY or the Ruido Fest in Chicago. Now they’ll be receiving support from iTunes USA with a banner which is definitely a good sign for an independent Spanish artist.

Their latest release The Culeras K-Caras Wey Barbecue is out on 17th June collaborating with latin artists such as Randy (Molotov), AJ Davila (Davila 666), Yokozuna y Apolo, including new songs.



Believe Digital Summit: Mexico 2016

May, 18th 2016 17:39

Summit MX

Believe Digital Summit: Mexico 2016

Believe Digital will be hosting a conference training session on the 24th May 2016 at the Bajo Circuito forum in the heart of La Condesa, Ciudad de Mexico, which will be run by members of Believe’s European team.

Believe will be welcoming their clients and other guests along to participate in the event. The summit goal is to share industry developments, global and local practices, as well as to train clients on Believe’s Trade Marketing and Video tools and processes.

Raquel Martins, Believe’s Video Manager for the region, will be leading a presentation which explores video management strategies, channel & SEO optimization, rights management, best practices and how to increase views with a series of case studies.

Ismael Comas, Head of Sales for Latam and Spain, and Ariel Etbul, Country Manager in Mexico, will also be attending the event in order to meet with clients and guests ,

For more information, please contact: ariel-hernan.etbul@believedigital.com

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Believe New Releases 13/5/2016

May, 13th 2016 09:00

Artist: Modern Baseball

Release: Holy Ghost
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Genre: Alternative

In just a few short years, Modern Baseball have gone from college freshman self-recording their first record to a worldwide phenomenon. Somehow, it feels like just the beginning. In 2016, Modern Baseball will release their new album Holy Ghost through Run For Cover Records. The first album recorded by someone other than the band themselves, Modern Baseball enlisted Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia to help refine their sound. Holy Ghost shows off the band’s sonic growth, adding in new influences ranging from The Killers to Pedro The Lion.




Release: Warning Call
Label: E.A.R.S
Genre: Alternative

CHVRCHES, an electronic trio from Scotland, turned the theme of Mirrror’s Edge Catalyst into an explosive pop tune. Their signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, creates their own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic. Front-woman, Lauren Mayberry, wrote lyrics from the perspective of the game’s heroine, Faith, and perfectly depicts her world, struggles and strength. “Warning Call” is one of the band’s best work to date.




Release: Rock And Roll Bye Bye
Label: 25 Hour Convenience Store
Genre: Indie Rock

The transatlantic relationship that is the Skaters has brought Rock and Roll Bye Bye to the worlds attention and we should sit up and pay attention. Having garnished the praise of the likes of Annie Mac (radio 1) and Zane Lowe (beats) prior to release – coupled with a Ratboy support tour the future seems bright for the three boys from Boston, LA and Hull, this coupled with the recent affiliation with 25 hour convenience store, the futures bright, the futures Skaters.





Artist: Family Atlantica
Release: Cosmic Unity
Label: Soundway Records
Genre:  World

Award-winning, London-based Family Atlantica are back with their far-reaching 2nd album ‘Cosmic Unity’, which follows on from their 2013 eponymous debut – an album that won the band a range of awards including Songlines Magazine’s Best Newcomers 2015.

‘Cosmic Unity’, like the band itself, mirrors the mixed-up, intercontinental terrain of their home town. Moving through genres as diverse as psychedelic highlife, steel- pan Ethio-funk, calypso, biao and scorching equatorial jazz underpinned by deep afro-Atlantic dance rhythms, they have created a cohesive, forward-looking sound that echoes classic tropical recordings of the past whilst still sounding fresh and contemporary. Lush string and horn arrangements give way to acidic commentary on the immigration system and slavery as well as incantations of unity.