Presenting an exciting new paradigm for direct-to-consumer music sales,SINGLE MUSIC announces its official arrival today after a soft launch this past Spring. The brand-new industry app is exclusively aligned with Shopify to enable and empower artists and labels to directly sell music via their official web sites with instant reporting to Nielsen for official Billboard chart tallying. Watch a trailer for SINGLE MUSIC here and see artist endorsement quotes below.
As a result of this innovation, each artist store can now become a one-stop shop for both physical and digital music, streamlining the respective methods of sale under one roof for the very first time. Additionally, by selling direct to the consumer, artists and labels receive fan demographics for future marketing efforts and release news. Moreover, it remains Nielsen-compliantin regard to official rules for popular “Bundled” package sales (i.e. physical product accompanied by a digital download).
Artists are also able to release and sell music instantly, without the multi-week waiting periods typically required by other platforms. With SINGLE, artists can run their own album presales and sell individual tracks alongside an album or bundle digital with any physical product–all reporting to SoundScan. Thanks to Shopify’s social integrations, artists can even sell on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Since the Spring, the platform has been building steadily, with over 300 stores installing SINGLE. Furthermore, SINGLE has reported 52,000-plus albumsto SoundScan and 31,000 digital albums sold fulfilled.
Among a string of early success stories, SINGLE MUSIC notably stands out as the reporting partner or direct-to-fan digital solution for a total of five number one albums this year. These include the below:
Thirty Seconds to Mars – America – #1 Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Alternative Album Sales, Rock Album Sales
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour – #1 Top Country Albums, Country Album Sales
Peter Hollens – Legendary Folk Songs – #1 Classical Albums, Classical Crossover Albums
For King & Country – Burn the Ships – #1 Christian Album Sales, Top Christian Albums
John Prine – Tree of Forgiveness – #1 Americana/Folk Album, Americana/Folk Album Sales