Listen-dot-com has signed a content licensing agreement with TVT Records, the #1 independent label in the United States, according to Billboard and Soundscan, for its Rhapsody digital music subscription service. Listen.com's agreement with TVT Records will expand the range of music available to music fans through Rhapsody, adding music from a number of popular artists, including Naughty By Nature, Default, Nine Inch Nails, Sevendust, XTC, Underworld, and C.M.C. featuring Ja Rule. Naughty By Nature's "Iicons" album and Default's "The Fallout" album currently hold the #1 and #2 spots on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart, and are #52 and #56 respectively on the Billboard Top 200.
"TVT recognized early on that digital music can help us build stronger relationships with our fans," said Steve Gottlieb, founder and President, TVT Records. "Services like Rhapsody are helping deliver on digital music's early promise. We're glad to be working with Listen.com, and pleased to be giving fans another exciting channel for hearing our artists' music."
Rhapsody gives music fans unlimited access to one of the world's largest libraries of legally available digital music, spanning more than 150,000 tracks from many of the world's best known recording artists. Rhapsody is the only service to offer consumers legal access to music from four of the five major music companies, including BMG, EMI Recorded Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. Listen.com has also signed licensing agreements with more than 50 independent labels.
"Since Rhapsody's launch last year, Listen has continued to license music from the best independent labels for Rhapsody," said Sean Ryan, chief executive officer, Listen.com. "Adding TVT's music will enable us to satisfy Rhapsody subscribers with a much more diverse mix of music, and we're excited that Rhapsody subscribers can now enjoy listening to songs from TVT's top-selling artists."