The sunny days of summer to the crispness of early fall…. also known as “Q3”. So what happened with PledgeMusic beyond the staff stealing some holiday time to travel, catch some rays, and prepare for “back to school”? To start, PledgeMusic turned eight! To celebrate, we happened to have had our second biggest month in the HISTORY of the company in August (second only to March of this year!). Both sides of the pond contributed to some massive chart successes, including Gary Numan (#2, Gary’s highest UK album chart position since 1980’s Telekon) and Thomas Rhett (#1 US. debut!), driving four of the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the US, helping to land OMD (#4, their highest placing since 1991), Reverend & The Makers, and Newton Faulkner all Top 20 in the UK charts, and much more!
The US launched Amplify, its dedicated developing artist initiative, shining a light on five artists that were hand-picked to be in the program and sponsored by Epiphone, FYE, Guitar Center, Austin Eastciders, and Health-Ade Kombucha. Look for the next wave of artists accepted to be announced in December (submission announcement coming soon as well as the addition of some more sponsors!).
In addition to supporting the career development of new artists, we’ve had some of the biggest and most exciting names in music on the platform through Q3 including David Gray, Kevin Godley, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Joe Satriani, RED, Carla Bruni, Dustin Lynch, Wanda Jackson (autobiography), John Lodge of the Moody Blues, U.N.K.L.E, Nerina Pallot, Phoebe Bridgers, Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Book, Bob Dylan, the return of Lindsey Stirling with a holiday album, and Sixx:A.M. with the 10th anniversary of The Heroin Diaries which includes a newly created GRAPHIC NOVEL of the book created in partnership with Heavy Metal Magazine!
As we continue to grow as a business, our team expands accordingly; new staff joining the US company including Nate Baker (Artist & Label Relations) and Kevin Kiernan (Artist Solutions), and in the UK Ben James (Acquisitions), Thom Debaere (Head Of Manufacturing & Fulfilment UK/EU) and Molly Bolton (Campaign Support). We have also re-birthed the NoiseTrade platform. In addition to downloads, we now offer full-on streaming access to content. The impact on engagement was immediate as, through us, fans now can discover and access content in just about any way they would like.
What will Q4 bring? We have quite a few surprises up our sleeve including holiday albums by some amazing artists. Stay tuned at pledgemusic.com to see what will be revealed!