New York, NY – April 11, 2018 – Today marks the global launch of Tracklib, the world's first and only music service that enables music creators to discover, sample and license original recordings.
The origin of music sampling dates back decades and has steadily gained popularity throughout the years with sampled songs frequently sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts and out-performing the songs they’ve sampled. In many cases the samples are not legally cleared, often leading to major lawsuits like the infamous Robin Thicke/ Pharrell “Blurred Lines” dispute. This can be attributed to the complicated, slow, and expensive process of legally sampling a piece of music.
Tracklib has simplified the process of sampling music, and now for the first time in music history, music can be licensed legally and affordably in minutes – directly on Tracklib.com.
Starting today, music creators all over the world can register for Tracklib where they can start searching the catalog of almost 60,000 tracks to use in creating new music. Tracklib’s rapidly growing vault of music includes all genres recorded as far back as the 1940s. The service already boasts one of the most sampled songs in music history, “Impeach the President” by the Honeydrippers. High-quality music tracks are available starting at just $1.99, with complete sample clearance for as little as $50.
The service has been beta tested for the last few months by some of the world’s most established producers, including Questlove, Statik Selektah, Mr. Green, Hank Shocklee, and more than 25 Grammy Award winners. Legendary producers, Prince Paul and Erick Sermon are also avid users of the service and sit on Tracklib’s Advisory Board.
Headquartered in Sweden, Tracklib is the next Swedish tech startup to take on the music industry, following in the footsteps of Spotify, Soundcloud, and Kobalt—also founded in Sweden.
Tracklib’s global reach includes the U.S., where they have partnered with respected executives in the music industry. Music mogul, Tom Silverman, the founder of groundbreaking hip-hop label, Tommy Boy, is Tracklib’s U.S. partner. Tommy Boy’s artists pioneered sampling with songs like Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” and De La Soul’s “3Ft. High and Rising.”
A sample clearance leader, Deborah Mannis-Gardner of DMG Clearances, is also part of the team that will help Tracklib engineer the future of music sampling. Deborah brings with her 25 years of music clearance experience, having worked to clear music for artists including Jay-Z, Macklemore, DJ Khaled, and Kendrick Lamar. Artist and producer manager, Steve Lobel has also teamed up with Tracklib. Lobel is a well-known player in the U.S. music industry that has managed and worked with artists including RUN DMC, Fat Joe, Scott Storch, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Nipsey Hussle to name a few.
“Tracklib is like digging for samples digitally, a whole new experience.” —Vic Mensa
“Yo, this is incredible. They're trying to put creativity back into music again. By having samples, you can actually pay for and afford.”—Erick Sermon
“The sample clearing game has gotten way out of hand, and Tracklib is doing a great job to restore some order and fairness back to the producer! Love the concept, use it often!” —Elite (Dreamville)
“I know this is gonna cost me X, so I’m willing to pay that. Now we’re talking about opening up possibilities that haven’t existed before." —Hank Shocklee
“The ability to sample music easily, legally and affordably has been a dream for many music creators for a long time,” said Pär Almqvist, CEO and Co-founder of Tracklib. “We are proud to finally make it possible and humbled by the response we have already received. This is truly the start of a music making revolution.”
"The nightmare of music sampling is finally over,” said Tom Silverman, Founder of Tommy Boy Records. “We have emerged from the dark ages of the music industry and instead of discouraging and suppressing sampling, we can now encourage new creators to quickly and easily use parts of original recordings to make exciting new music."