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Universal’s Virgin Music enters global partnership with Australian band Mushroom

The Virgin Music Label & Artist Services (VLMAS) division of Universal Music Group has entered into a global partnership with Australia’s largest group of independent labels, Mushroom, to support and distribute the releases of Mushroom artists worldwide, outside Australia and New Zealand. The Mushroom label division remains 100% independently owned and its established ANZ operations […]

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BMG acquires musical interests of blues icon John Lee Hooker

BMG acquired the musical interests of iconic American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist John Lee Hooker from his estate. The deal includes its entire publishing catalog (Boom Boom, A Bourbon, A Scotch, A Beer, boogie chillinamong others), co-acquired with longtime BMG partner Fujipacific Music. The deal also includes all of John Lee Hooker’s recorded and performance […]

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Songtrust – Business Development Manager: LATAM – (Remote/US)

Songtrust is a global publishing administration service offering the most flexible and fair publishing offering in the industry. We partner with songwriters, reps and companies to build healthy songwriting careers. Songwriters build healthy careers when they take an active role in running their business and owning their music. We empower them by providing them with […]

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Now India.Arie, Graham Nash get their music from Spotify

Over the past week, superstar artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have pulled their catalogs from Spotify in response to what they say is the company’s spread of “misinformation” about Covid-19 vaccines. The catalyst for Young’s removal of his music from the service was recently released open letter of hundreds of medical professionals, calling on […]

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Elvis Costello signs exclusive global music publishing deal with BMG

Legendary British songwriter Elvis Costello has signed an exclusive worldwide music publishing deal with BMG to perform his life’s work. The deal includes his latest album The boy named Si, which entered the Official UK Albums Chart last week at No. 6, its highest position since 1994. Under the agreement, BMG will administer the rights […]

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Anghami set to list on NASDAQ as SPAC shareholders approve merger

Spotify’s prominent rival in the Middle East, Anghami, is set to become a NASDAQ-listed company. In March 2021, Anghami entered into a definitive merger agreement with Vistas Media Acquisition Company, a publicly traded Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), with the agreement expected to result in Anghami listing on NASDAQ in New York. . The way […]

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Sony Music acquires Bob Dylan’s recorded music catalog

Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has acquired Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of recorded music. SME has also acquired the rights to several future new releases, in what the company calls “a major expansion” of its six-decade relationship with the legendary artist. The deal, which SME calls a “historic deal”, reached in July 2021 and includes the […]

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Historic Beatles audio interviews to be auctioned off as NFTs

Historic audio interviews with The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are up for auction as digital NFTs this week. The auction represents the first time rockstar interviews have been sold as NFTs, according to Voices of Classic Rock Archive (VOCR), which mints and auctions NFTs. The four Beatles NFT Interviews, […]

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Listings of NetEase Music Services on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

The music industry’s latest IPO is here. Chinese tech giant NetEase’s subsidiary, Cloud Village – which operates the NetEase Cloud Music music streaming service – officially listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today (December 2). Cloud Village raised HK$3.28 billion (approximately US$421 million at current exchange rates) upon its IPO, with the share price […]

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The 2021 A&R Awards: an evening where everyone won a little

To be honest, we were a little nervous. The A&R Awards, the UK-focused ceremony presented by Music Business Worldwide in association with Abbey Road Studios, took off last year. We don’t need to explain why. You know very well why. This meant that the 2021 incarnation of last night’s event recognized the work of songwriters, […]

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Young Thug signs global publishing deal with Kobalt

Kobalt has signed a worldwide deal with Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and rapper Young Thug. The deal includes publishing administration, including global synchronization and creative services, for all future Young Thug songs. MBW understands the rapper’s current slate remains at Reservoir, where he signed a deal in 2018. Last year, Young Thug achieved fourteen Billboard tracks […]

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Concord sponsors the heavyweight category at the A&R Awards

Concord Music Publishing has joined the growing list of A&R Awards sponsors, supporting the ever-ultra-competitive Pop/R&B category. The list of nominees includes label and publisher executives who have been behind the most successful and successful artists of the past two years. Kim Frankiewicz, EVP Worldwide A&R of Concord Music Publishing, said: “In an artist’s journey, […]

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Billy Porter signs with Island UK and Republic Records

Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright and author Billy Porter has signed a partnership with Island UK and Republic Records. Porter also unveiled a new single titled Children. Porter began his music career in 1997 with the release of his self-titled debut album (aka Untitled) which spawned the Top 10 boiling […]

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Spotify backs hotly contested category at A&R Awards

The big names continue to support next month’s A&R Awards, and stepping forward to sponsor the Contemporary Black Music category is one of the biggest: Spotify. Sulinna Ong, music director of streaming giant UK/IE, said: “Contemporary black music reflects the zeitgeist and the beating heart of British culture, so at Spotify we are incredibly proud […]

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Downtown rallies to sponsor Songwriters Award at A&R Awards

Downtown is the sponsor of the prestigious Songwriter of the Year category at this year’s A&R Awards. It was a year of change for the company, which sold its publishing catalog to Concord in April and transformed itself into a global services company in the process. One constant, however, is his respect for the importance […]

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The 2021 A&R Awards: the finalists revealed!

Britain’s music industry’s finest night is on its way: on the evening of Tuesday 9 November, the A&R Awards 2021 in association with Abbey Road Studios – presented by MBW – will take place in central London. Held at the De Vere Grand Connaught venues in Holborn/Covent Garden, all lounge tables for this year’s event […]

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Reservoir signs global deal with Joni Mitchell

Reservoir Media has signed a new contract with music icon Joni Mitchell, which sees the company become the global administrator of its publishing catalog. The catalog of the singer-songwriter winner of nine Grammy Awards has been previously administered by Sony Music Publishing, following a global agreement hit 24 years ago in 1997. Mitchell’s third studio […]

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How scalable is current music copyright assessment?

This MBW op-ed comes from Ran Geffen, founder of XR connect development agency OMR and CEO of Amusica Song Management in Israel. Here he offers a sober look at the future of the music industry… Recently, the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee spoke loud and clear: the distribution of wealth in […]

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Bryan Adams Signs Global Record Deal With BMG

Multi-platinum superstar, recording artist and songwriter Bryan Adams has signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG to release his next studio album. This is his first contract with a new label in more than 40 years, says BMG. One of Canada’s most decorated singer-songwriters, over four decades, Adams has released 14 studio albums. Her writing […]

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Travis Barker signs global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music

Warner Chappell Music has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with musician, record producer, songwriter and pop-punk icon Travis Barker. Known as the drummer of the hugely influential multi-platinum band Blink-182, Barker has also found success with his Transplants and +44 outfits, alongside a prolific solo career. Crossing multiple musical genres, he co-wrote and produced […]

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Cat Kreidich named chairman of Warner’s ADA

There has been a big change at Warner Music Group (WMG). Cat Kreidich has been promoted to president of ADA Worldwide, the independent label and artist services arm of WMG, just months after joining the company from Sony Music. The respected executive will now oversee a number of operations at Warner that serve the independent […]