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Jay Frank, Universal streaming and digital marketing expert, dies aged 47

Jay Frank, widely regarded as one of the most influential streaming focused execs in the modern record industry, has died aged 47. The digital music pioneer passed away on Sunday (October 13). The cause of death was cancer. Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman/CEO of UMG, said in a statement: “Jay leaves an immense legacy. He was …

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K-pop supergroup SuperM’s first EP debuts at No.1 in the US

K-pop all-star group SuperM’s first EP, The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’ has debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The group has become the first debut K-pop artist to launch at No.1 in the US. Selling 168,000 equivalent album units in the first week of release, SuperM has also set the record for …

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Katy Perry appeals Dark Horse copyright infringement judgment

Katy Perry, Capitol Records and her collaborators on the 2013 hit Dark Horse have filed an appeal against the copyright infringement judgment made about the song earlier this year, calling the decision “a grave miscarriage of justice”. In late July, a Los Angeles jury decided that Dark Horse infringed the copyright of 2008 Christian Rap …

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Spotify inks podcast deal with VICE Media

Vice Media has inked an exclusive deal with Spotify for three original podcast series. According to Variety, the three Vice News-produced podcast series will combine “long-form narrative, talk, and investigative journalism”. The first new podcast is launching on November 12 and is a 12-episode series called Uncommitted: Iowa 2020, which will explore the ‘process and …

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Sony Music hires IMAX executive Amanda Collins as EVP and Global Head of Corporate Communications

‘Record labels amplify and magnify the best bits of what artists are already doing.’

Ted Cockle was an ‘80s teenager, a home counties kid, and a huge music fan. Such a combination may conjure a well-worn showreel in your internal idiot-box – that of the insular small town boy, studiously piping The Queen Is Dead into his ears in bedroomdwelling solitude. The truth, in this case, is the polar …

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Jessica Hiromoto promoted to Senior Director, Rhythm Promotion for Atlantic Records

Jessica Hiromoto has been promoted to Senior Director, Rhythm Promotion for Atlantic Records. Hiromoto was previously West Coast Regional Promotion Manager. Rounding out the department, Randy “DJ RaiZe” Reyes has also promoted to Director, Rhythmic & National Director, Mixshow. Reyes was previously National Director of Pop/Rhythm Mixshow. “Jessica (aka Mo) has been at Atlantic as …

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'Think Billie Eilish meets Lil Nas X, but more organic...'

What will a music company look like in 2025?

The following MBW op-ed comes from Reservoir CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi (pictured). Reservoir is an independent music company based in New York City and with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto and London. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, the firm has grown to represent over 110,000 copyrights and 20,000 master recordings with titles …

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My Manifesto: Merck Mecuriadis - Music Business Worldwide

My Manifesto: Merck Mecuriadis – Music Business Worldwide

Was anyone in the industry talking about Merck Mercuriadis a couple of years ago? Well, yes, of course they were, albeit in a comparatively genteel, low-level kind of way. “There goes Merck Mercuriadis,” they’d whisper in the Soho House bar. “He’s managed both Morrissey and Axl Rose, and he ran Sanctuary – must be a …

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UMG content strategist: Podcasts ‘could potentially rival share of ear for music consumption’

The rapid growth of podcasting on Spotify over the past 12 months, fuelled by a mega-resource allocation to the format, has seen significant changes to the platform and its original USP, music listening. With the millions of dollars the world’s leading music streaming platform is investing in podcast companies (plus original podcast content, and executives) will …

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