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Ian Cripps has been promoted to vp of A&R at Atlantic Records, where he’ll continue to work with a label roster that includes D.R.A.M., Sturgill Simpson and “iSpy” breakout star Kyle. Cripps join Atlantic in 2014 (from Laffitte Management Group) and was most recently senior director of A&R at the storied Warner Music imprint. read more at billboard.com Follow @HookBlast on…

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Martin Lau, President at Tencent, said: “We are delighted to facilitate this strategic collaboration between the two largest digital music platforms in the world. Both of us share the same commitment to bringing music and superior entertainment experiences to music lovers, and to expanding the global digital music market for artists and content partners.” read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on…

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UPDATED: Songs Music Publishing, home to the publishing interests of The Weeknd, Lorde and Diplo, among others, will sell its catalog to Kobalt Capital’s fund, the companies announced today. The price tag is believed to be in the vicinity of $150 million, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. At the same time, Songs president and cofounder Ron Perry…

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Apple may be planning to acquire music recognition service Shazam, reports TechCrunch, which would be one of the most high-profile acquisitions Apple has made since it purchased Beats in 2014. Shazam is a well-known music service that uses machine learning techniques to identify short audio clips from songs, television shows, and more. Shazam operates a standalone app for iOS, macOS,…

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As with every other aspect of marketing yourself in the music industry, when you choose to release your music can make all the difference. In this article we break down the best months in which to drop your new record as well as those months which will ensure a flop. read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the…

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Unlike the three major music companies (Universal, Sony and Warner), Kobalt has taken a different path in the key emerging territory. The company’s publishing division and its AWAL recorded music operation have signed a deal with NetEase Cloud Music to license and distribute its music catalogue.  read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry news…

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While achieving success in the music industry can be a challenge no matter what, trying to do so without following any kind of formula makes building a career in the music business even harder. Here we look at the proper formula to follow in order gain traction in the industry as quickly as possible.  read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on…

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MIKE CURB has announced the formation of CURB/WORD ENTERTAINMENT and the elevation of several key staffers. BENSON CURB has been promoted to SVP/Revenue & Marketing, JEFF TUERFF segues to SVP/Marketing, and RYAN DOKKE is upped to SVP/Promotion, all for the newly-formed CURB/WORD ENTERTAINMENT. The three executives will oversee the 12-member CURB/WORD ENTERTAINMENT Marketing & Promotion department. Longtime CURB executive BRYAN…

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Ian Cripps has been promoted to Vice President, A&R at Atlantic Records. “Ian is the consummate A&R person, with the rare ability to identify and nurture great artists across a diversity of styles,” said Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman and President of A&R Pete Ganbarg in a joint statement. read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best…

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It’s no secret that YouTube is a disruptive factor in the music industry. It provides incredible opportunities for every type of artist to reach fans all over the world with their music, plus enables new and unsigned artists to compete with popular artists and the mainstream music industry on a more level playing field thanks to its technology. Those once-rare…

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Exactuals has spent the past few years transforming a chaotic residual payments process involving studios and unions.  In short, Exactuals is effectively eradicating paper checks and millions in unnecessary overhead.  Now, they’re focusing on music, with the goal of dramatically reducing hassle and overhead.  Accordingly, we’ve teamed up with Exactuals to break down the core components of streamlined accounts payable…

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WMA has launched a new U.S. publicity division, the British-born music and entertainment digital agency announced on Monday (Dec. 4). Senior publicist Chrissy Borsellino has joined the WMA New York office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She will be developing the new stateside press department with global publicity director Heather Swaine. read more at billboard.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music…

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Last.fm was born shortly after the start of the millennium as the union of two projects. The first was an idea by Richard Jones, an Englishman who developed, for his Bachelor’s thesis in Computer Science, a project called Audioscrobbler: A plug-in that tracked all the songs you listened to on your computer once installed. The information gathered-the songs scrobbled- was…

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“Stephanie brings a wealth of experience driving revenue growth and negotiating multifaceted licensing agreements, which is vitally important to the execution of our strategic plan of transformation and modernization in an increasingly complex and evolving media environment,” Matthews said in a release. “Her deep understanding of content strategy, distribution, sales and affiliate marketing across media platforms will prove incredibly valuable…

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Tickets Cloud founder Katerina Kirillova highlights some of the companies hoping to revolutionise the music business using blockchain technology. A number of blockchain-related projects have emerged in the entertainment industry. Each seeks to address the industry’s challenges in its own way, and has developed services to address the needs of the whole event industry: organisers, ticket distributors, customers and musicians.…

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Record labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no one “buys” music. So today that requires being a technology company, combining analytics with hyper-targeted advertising. And the…

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Rummaging through the records of offshore havens turns up a fairly predictable list of assets — real estate, cash, multinational companies shifting earnings to low tax jurisdictions, hidden masterpieces by Picasso and other artists, antique cars, yachts and planes. They’re there for the same reason as other assets — tax advantages. Skipping taxes helps increase earnings from intellectual property — patents, copyrights, trademarks…

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