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SiriusXM appoints Denise Karkos as Chief Marketing Officer

SiriusXM has hired Denise Karkos as Chief Marketing Officer. Karkos will be responsible for brand and digital marketing of both the SiriusXM and Pandora brands, helping support and drive the growth of SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners. She will report to Jennifer Witz, SiriusXM’s President, Sales, Marketing and Operations. Karkos joins SiriusXM from TD Ameritrade, where …

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AI in the music industry is nothing to be scared of – it’s a step towards an exciting new future.

Artificial Intelligence is becoming big news in the music business, a fact which was recently amplified by TikTok owner Bytedance acquiring UK-based AI Music company, JukeDeck. Like Jukedeck, Mubert is a player in the AI music space which has also raised significant investment (circa $1m) – in Mubert’s case, from the likes of GVA Capital …

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Shazam had 478m active annual users in 2018

Shazam had 478m active annual users in 2018

Music recognition platform Shazam has posted its financial results through Companies House in the UK for the year ended December 31, 2018 and revealed that it had 478 million active annual users, up 78m from 400m the previous year. As first reported by Music Ally, the company also posted a profit of £124 million for …

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Mark ‘Spike’ Stent: ‘What really keeps me going is when someone tells me the music means something to them.’

Mark ‘Spike’ Stent remains one of the world’s most in demand mixer/ producers. The Los Angeles-based Brit has worked with everyone from Oasis to Madonna, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. He has won four Grammys – for his work on Beyoncé’s I am Sacha Fierce, Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor, Muse’s The Resistance and Ed Sheeran’s …

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Music for gaming start-up Five Vectors, co-founded by former UMG exec, raises $1m in seed funding

Five Vectors Inc, a music start-up that works with emerging artists and produces new music for gaming audiences has raised $1 million in seed funding, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. The company was co-founded by Wasae Imran, former Global Head of Video Network at ESL, and Andres Lauer, former Head of Digital Strategy and advisor …

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David Bowie's Space Oddity turns 50 this year - here's the story behind the iconic track

David Bowie’s Space Oddity turns 50 this year – here’s the story behind the iconic track

The below MBW blog comes from Simon Platz, Managing Director of Bucks Music Group – one of the world’s longest-running independent music publishers, with a catalogue that includes works written by the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Professor Green, Rudimental, Beyonce and more. Platz (pictured) is also a founding member of …

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Mr Eazi on the global success of Afrobeats and his mission to empower the next generation of artists

Mr Eazi on the global success of Afrobeats and his mission to empower the next generation of artists

Mr Eazi never planned on being an artist. “When I finished high school, I just wanted to be rich,” he jokes, speaking to Music Business Worldwide over the phone from Dubai. “I thought I would either be a pilot or an engineer.” And so, explains the Nigeria-born star, he proceeded to study Mechanical Engineering at …

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Andy Daniell hired to lead Parlophone dance imprint FFRR Records

FFRR Records, the dance label at UK-based Parlophone Records, has appointed music executive Andy Daniell to lead the label. Daniell reports into Elias Christidis, Head of A&R, Parlophone Records. Daniell joins from Defected Records, where he’s built a reputation as one of the best A&Rs and most respected executives in the dance community. He signed …

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How AURORA got over 3,000 people on TikTok to hold hands for her song, The River

How AURORA got over 3,000 people on TikTok to hold hands for her song, The River

“You can cry / Drinking your eyes / Do you miss the sadness when it’s gone?” The River, by Norwegian artist AURORA, encourages its audience not to keep their emotions buried within. And that proposition, nay instruction, formed the basis of a viral TikTok campaign that recently took the track to new heights. AURORA’s UK …

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