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Indie Artists Score Big on iTunes in August; Fred Stobaugh Hits #2

Without digital distribution and access to iTunes, Fred’s tribute to his 'sweet Lorraine' would have gone unsung and millions of people would have missed out on experiencing this heartfelt song.

Regardless of genre, years in the business or who an artist knows (or doesn’t know), TuneCore Distribution keeps the door wide open for access to digital stores and streaming sites for anyone who wants to get their music heard around the world. August was another strong month for TuneCore Artists ranking high on iTunes charts.

TuneCore Artists dominated the iTunes Christian/Gospel chart with the #3, #4, #8, #13, #22, #24, #27, #28, #31, #34, #35, and #36 releases in the Top 50 during August. Congratulations to Bethel Music, Anthem Lights, Jesus Culture, Ellie Holcomb, Audrey Assad, Kim Walker Smith, Skyler Smith and the other Christian/Gospel TuneCore Artists.

The Lacs new release “Keep It Redneck” out on Average Joe's Records was a Top 5 album for weeks on iTunes Country charts. The third release by this group shows their continuous growth; they’re considered the next big thing in the country music world.

When you think iTunes you think music, but comedians have embraced digital distribution to get their comedy albums out to fans. Moving between the #1 and #3 spots on the iTunes Comedy chart is a collection of previously unreleased material from the late great Patrice O'Neal.

Anything but mainstream, 63-year-old Lonnie Holley, musician and eccentric visual artist, just released his newest album Keeping a Record of It on iTunes on September 3rd in collaboration with Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Black Lips' Cole Alexander. Pitchfork.com recently previewed the new release.

TuneCore had the privilege to work with Green Shoe Studios on the release “Oh, Sweet Lorraine” with music by Jacob Colligan and lyrics by Fred Stobaugh. Fred is a 95-year-old man who admittedly isn't a musician but has one of the most talked about songs on the planet right now. As a tribute to his recently passed wife of 73 years, Fred submitted his lyrics to Green Shoe Studio's songwriting contest. The story touched Jacob Colligan of Green Shoe and he collaborated with Fred, writing the music and providing the vocals and final recording.

The song has been on the iTunes Top Song chart, getting as high as #2. “It’s a story like Fred’s that hits the core for why TuneCore was founded and why we continue to give any person the opportunity to be heard,” says Scott Ackerman, TuneCore COO. “Without digital distribution and access to iTunes, Fred’s tribute to his 'sweet Lorraine' would have gone unsung and millions of people would have missed out on experiencing this heartfelt song,” continues Ackerman.

TuneCore was founded to provide the opportunity for all artists to get their music heard around the world. TuneCore congratulates the many TuneCore Artists who are gaining widespread visibility and recognition on iTunes.

About TuneCore
TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor with one of the largest music catalogs in the world. Since its launch in 2006, over 3 billion TuneCore Artists’ music units have been downloaded or streamed, generating over $300 million in revenue earned by TuneCore Artists, ranging from indie artists to high-profile performers.

For an annual flat fee, TuneCore Distribution provides an easy-to-use, affordable digital solution for artists to get their music distributed worldwide to iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Rdio, Google Play, and other major download and streaming sites. Artists keep 100% of their sales revenue and all their rights.

TuneCore Music Publishing Administration gives songwriters worldwide the ability for TuneCore to license and register their compositions globally, collect royalties from over 60 countries and deposit the royalty revenue directly into their TuneCore account. Driven by in-house Creative, TuneCore actively markets compositions for synch licensing agreements for music placements in TV, Film, Commercials, Video Games, and more. The exclusive Synch & Master Licensing Database provides Music Supervisors access to TuneCore Artists’ music for commercial use.

TuneCore continues to support the international artist community with the launch of TuneCore Canada in 2011 and TuneCore Japan in 2012.

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