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Sony Music France boss Stéphane le Tavernier exits role after 10 years

Sony Music France President Stéphane le Tavernier has left the company, MBW has learnt. In an internal note sent to Sony Music France staff today (January 20) and obtained by MBW, Daniel Lieberberg, President, Continental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment said that the exec has “decided to step down”, effective immediately. Lieberberg writes that …

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Ariana Grande faces copyright infringement lawsuit over 7 Rings

Ariana Grande was sued last week for allegedly ripping off the chorus to her single, 7 Rings, as first reported by TMZ. In a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on Thursday, an artist called Josh Stone, aka DOT, claims that he shopped his own song You Need It, I Got It around …

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Primary Wave acquires majority stake in music publishing catalog of The Cranberries’ Noel Hogan

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired a majority stake in the music publishing catalog of Noel Hogan, co-songwriter and lead guitarist for the Grammy-nominated group The Cranberries. Included in the deal are some of the group’s biggest hits such as Linger, Salvation, Dreams, and Ode to My Family, as well as a number of songs on …

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Concord Music Publishing partners with Ron André Elvis Telford and his Creative Titans business

Concord Music Publishing partners with Ron André Elvis Telford and his Creative Titans business

Concord Music Publishing has inked a creative partnership with Guyanese-American music executive Ron André Elvis Telford (pictured) and his Creative Titans business. The partnership will see Ron Telford work with Concord’s A&R team, led by EVP Worldwide A&R, Kim Frankiewicz. Colombian songwriter and producer, Sebastian “Bassto” Zapata, is the first signing under this new venture. …

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Ayla Owen named Vice President, Sync & Creative Services for Europe at Warner Chappell Music

Ayla Owen named Vice President, Sync & Creative Services for Europe at Warner Chappell Music

Ayla Owen has been appointed Vice President, Sync & Creative Services for Europe at Warner Chappell Music. Coordinating the company’s Sync and Creative Services operations in Europe, she will be based in London and report to Rich Robinson, the publisher’s EVP and Global Head of Sync. Owen joins after 15 years at global advertising agency …

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Elicia Felix-Hughey joins Sony/ATV as SVP, Global Human Resources

Beyoncé signs global deal with Sony/ATV

Beyoncé and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed a global agreement covering her entire song catalog. The deal includes hits from Destiny’s Child, through to her collection of solo works written throughout her career. The agreement with the publishing company reunites the artist with long-term ally Jon Platt, who joined Sony/ATV as Chairman and CEO last …

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'You have to be understanding of the multiple pressures artists are under.'

‘You have to be understanding of the multiple pressures artists are under.’

Ed Howard has been at Asylum for over a decade, rising through the ranks to Managing Director – before being appointed co-President of Atlantic Records UK at the close of last year. Asylum is a record company, he says, that prides itself on some of the guiding principles of Asylum’s original co-founder, David Geffen: (i) …

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The Estate of Michael Jackson and BMI extend catalog representation

BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and The Estate of Michael Jackson have inked a renewal agreement for BMI to continue to represent the performing rights in his songwriting catalog. This new deal continues an uninterrupted 41-year long relationship between Jackson and the performance rights organization, which began in 1979 when he first signed with BMI. The …

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‘We are not just a digital utensil for listening to music.’

‘We are not just a digital utensil for listening to music.’

Launched in 2011, with a £5,000 budget and a pair of CDJs from a Littlewoods catalog, London-born music platform NTS now attracts over 1.5 million monthly unique listeners, and is currently growing between 3-10% a month. Tune in to any NTS show at any time of the day via its two live channels – broadcast …

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