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Ticketmaster expands into Asia by acquiring Tixcraft in Taiwan and launching new Singapore office

Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster will be expanding into Asia by acquiring Tixcraft in Taiwan and launching Ticketmaster Singapore, increasing its global presence to 32 countries. As a result of the move, Chad Phillips, former Managing Director for APACTix has been appointed to the newly created role of Managing Director Ticketmaster Asia, based in Singapore. The launch …

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Dutch rapper Dopebwoy teams with Warner Music to form Forever Lit Records

Dutch rapper and producer Dopebwoy is partnering with Warner Music to establish his own label Forever Lit Records. The label’s name is a reference to his album Forever Lit, which reached No.1 in the official Dutch charts. Dopebwoy has enjoyed success with his hits Cartier and Loco (featuring Yung Felix), and the majority of his …

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Drake inks exclusive deal with social broadcasting platform Caffeine

Live broadcasting platform Caffeine has inked a multi-year exclusive partnership with Drake. As a part of the deal, Caffeine will live stream and co-produce Rap Battles in collaboration with Battle Rap platform, URL. In 2018, 21st Century Fox invested a combined $100 million into Caffeine and a newly formed venture called Caffeine Studios that is jointly owned …

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Amanda Samii named Senior Vice President of A&R for Capitol Records

Amanda Samii named Senior Vice President of A&R for Capitol Records

Creative music industry executive Amanda Samii has been named Senior Vice President of A&R for Capitol Records. The news was announced today (February 12) by Capitol Records President Jeff Vaughn, to whom Samii will report. In her new position, Samii will draw upon her broad experience as an A&R and publishing executive to sign and …

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Scooter Braun joins $22m funding round for cannabis company… but he’s not the first major artist manager to invest in CBD

Scooter Braun’s empire has grown a little wider this week, as it’s confirmed that he has joined a $22m (€20m) financing round in a German cannabis startup. Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, has joined a string of investors in Sanity Group, in what the company’s founders call the largest funding round yet in Europe’s cannabis …

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Primary Wave buys publishing and master royalty stream of Gasoline Alley, including works by Sublime

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music publishing and master royalty stream of Gasoline Alley, Inc., an entity owned by music managers Arnold Stiefel and Randy Phillips. The publishing company purchased all assets from Gasoline Alley, Inc. which encompasses the company’s publishing and master income stream joint venture with UMPG. The acquisition includes works …

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The Great Secret Of The Modern Music Business

The Great Secret Of The Modern Music Business

The following blog comes from music journalist and Popjustice Editor Peter Robinson (pictured inset). Robinson’s article originally appeared in the Q4 2019 edition of quarterly magazine Music Business UK, which is available via subscription through here. A little over a decade ago, when Twitter was still a place where it felt possible to hurl one’s thoughts …

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Streaming and playlisting expert Kieron Donoghue signs up as MBW’s new columnist

Kieron Donoghue, the former global playlisting strategy lead at Warner Music, has become MBW’s latest exclusive columnist. Donoghue launched and founded Warner’s flagship streaming playlist brand, Topsify, after the major acquired his Playlists.net company in 2014. For the next three years, Donoghue led Topsify’s global strategy, in a transformational period for the record industry – …

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A year after trying to cut songwriters’ pay, Spotify boosts writer visibility with launch of pages feature

We’re edging towards a full 12 months since Spotify controversially appealed against a legal decision forcing it to pay songwriters more from its service in the United States. A decision regarding that legal appeal – filed with the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) by Spotify in tandem with Amazon, Google and Sirius/Pandora – is still yet …

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