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How CD BABY works



CD Baby is technically a distributor. Technically they can give UPC Barcodes to the albums we are distributing. This is great because to get a traditional BARCODE it normally costs $900. Through CD BABY it is now $40 and itís all legal. Hereís why. CD BABY deals with SoundScan every week anyway, they actually do the reporting of our barcode information to SoundScan for us. Yes - they register it for us. This way we don't need to fill out any forms & send it to SoundScan. When CD Baby assigns someone a barcode, they give SoundScan the information of that album, (Artist Name, Album Title, Release Date, Parent Label, Sub Label, Format, and Selling Price.) We have to put "CD Baby" as "Parent Label" - but everything else is listed there as you. No other ties to CD Baby. The UCC doesn't keep track of what barcode goes to what product. That's not their job. The UCC only tracks what parent company has what 6-digit-code at the beginning of the UPC barcode. Then it's up to the company itself (CD Baby in this case) to keep track of what unique barcode (12 digits) goes to what product. So in music circles, the only One Central Database of all those barcodes is on SoundScan. This means if our unique barcode is listed in SoundScan as Drum Dynasty, then it might as well be your barcode entirely! Nobody really cares which digits belong to whom. They just care that it's a unique number, not assigned to any other product in the world. Only if someone really went and contacted the UCC and dug into their company database would they find that the first 6 digits belong to Hit Media Inc (a.k.a. "CD Baby") - and so what if they do?  Luckily with CD Baby we send checks to artists every week anyway, acting as a distributor anyway, and if someone ever accidentally sent a check to CD Baby for your CDs sold at a chain store anywhere in the world - we would just forward the full amount directly to you. For more information please visit www.cdbaby.com 
















Cyrus Rhodes is President of Seattle based label Katavi Arts Guitarist for local band Seven Against Thebes Executive Producer of Projects Drum Dynasty, Seven Against Thebes, Over the years Rhodes has been a guitarist in a touring band, A&R Representative Chicago (1998 - 2003), Seattle (2003 - Present), Talent Buyer, Band Manager, Booking Agent, and most recently a Syndicated Music Critic. His reviews have been posted on USA Today and Headline News. Rhodes is also Chief Editor and lead critic for several webzines.  In 2009 he  launched www.ndiemusicdigest.com. IMD is dedicated to developing hard working Independent Artists worldwide. IMD only accepts material from unsigned bands and artists.


Cyrus's Record Label  Katavi Arts

Cyrus's band Seven Against Thebes  Seven Against Thebes

Drum Dynasty Project Drum Dynasty


Cyrus Rhodes has written and edited reviews for the following Publications, Labels and Entertainment Agencies:




All What's Rock

Carlito's Music Blog


Headline News

Gas House Radio

Indie Mindy


Indie Artists Alliance

Jan Van Zee

Leicester Bangs

The Mag

The Muse Muse

Music Emissions

Music News Nashville


Rock n' Roll View

SKOPE Magazine

USA Today

Vents Magazine

Victory Music








Entertainment Groups and Agencies


Blonde Entertainment

Boston Punx

Budhha Fubk

Cross Seas Entertainment

Erco Scavenger Entertainment


Freebird Entertainmentc


Golden Harvest Entertainment

Grit PR



Kaos Records

Lazer Marketing

La Famouse Ent

Magna Carta

Miles High Productions


Pop Core Entertainment

Rhymesayers Crushkill

Serge Entertainment

Solid Productions LLC

SOM Entertainment LLC



Working Brilliantly



Arkouse Records

Arythmia Records

AK Jazz

AWB Records

Bag of Bones Records

Bald Freak Music

Blacksail Records

Bloody Mary Records

Blu-Grascal Records

Budhha Funk

Buckin Savior Records

Cakewalk Records

Commune Recordings

DEC Productions

Dharma Records

Do Too Records

Drunk Soul Records

East End Productions

EP Music

Firebelly Music

Flintrock Productions

Global Vortex Records

Good Records

Hush Music

Interscope Records

Intimate Audio

Jetty Records

Kite Stripe Records

The Last Records

Lakeshore Records

Left Ear Records

Lettera "A" Records

Line Drive Records

Lonely Llama Music

Mad Dwarf Productions

Nettwerk Records

Noh Code Records

OmOm Music

One Eyed Turtle Productions

Outstanding Music

Peaceman Music

Post Colonial Records

Prospect Records

Purple Kush

Raven Recordings

Red Rock Music

Round Box Records

Roast Records

Ryder Roo records

Saguaro Road Records

Sauspop Records

Seven Seas Records

Singing Wolf Records

Squidhat Records

Spektrum Productions

Tenth Planet Records

Thin Man Music

Trifonic Records

Waltzing Duck Records

Contact  Professional Inquiries only


Cyrus Rhodes

President, Syndicated Music Critic, Marketing Solutions

Indie Music Media LLC

Katavi Arts LLC

Seattle, WA.


(360) 509-1779 - Office

(360) 394-3631 - Facsimile



















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