Saturday, October 23, 2004

CD Baby pays $10 million to musicians for CDs sold

Independent online music retailer CD Baby has now paid over $10
million directly to musicians for CDs sold worldwide through their
online store at

CD Baby's easy consignment system has given every musician access to
worldwide sales and distribution, without having to sign away their
music to a record label.

While record labels are blaming piracy for a lack of sales, music
sold through CD Baby has almost doubled every year for the past six

"It's easier than ever for music fans to find great non-mainstream
music," says CD Baby founder Derek Sivers. "So what's reported as a
sales decline for a huge pop star is actually a sales boost for the
less-famous but more-talented musicians of the world. We sell
thousands of CDs a day by artists you've never heard, but will love
when you do."

Now, as one of the primary suppliers of music to digital download
services such as Apple iTunes, MSN Music, Napster, Rhapsody, Sony
Connect, MusicMatch, and more, CD Baby is helping artists everywhere
get their music out into even wider distribution.

CD Baby has been a launching pad for later-famous acts such as
O.A.R., Jack Johnson and Gary Jules. Other already-famous artists
such as Thomas Dolby, George Clinton, Grant-Lee Phillips, and Beach
Boy Al Jardine have chosen to use CD Baby's unique distribution
service to release smaller projects directly to their fans.

CD Baby now represents over 75,000 artists and labels, making them
the largest seller of independent music on the web.

For more information, interview requests, etc., please contact Alex
Steininger at CD Baby or 503-595-3000.

About CD Baby:
CD Baby handles online sales and distribution for independent artists
and labels. Founder and musician Derek Sivers was selling his own CD
online in 1998, and as a hobby offered to let a few friends use his
system. Friends told friends and now over 75,000 artists sell their
music through CD Baby, making it the largest seller of independent
music on the web. CD Baby has sold over one million CDs sold to
customers worldwide, and paid over $10 million directly to the
musicians. CD Baby's Digital Distribution program has deals with all
major digital outlets such as Apple iTunes, MSN Music, Rhapsody,
Napster, and Sony Connect, making CD Baby one of the leaders in the
aggregation of digital content. For more information visit


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