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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Last month, MBW asked: ‘Is Rag ‘N’ Bone Man the UK’s breakthrough artist of 2017?’It was a question – and article – that was discussed far and wide.Now, further evidence to support the theory: the artist, aka Rory Graham, has been named as the winner of the influential 2017 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award.The…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Video subscription service YouTube Red (and sister app YouTube Music) has launched in South Korea – meaning that it is now fully available in five countries.The service first arrived in the US in October last year, but has since attracted criticism for slow subscriber uptake from music business sources.The Verge claimed earlier this…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com SoundCloud has launched its €9.99-per-month subscription service, SoundCloud Go, in Germany.SoundCloud pitches the service as “giving music fans access to the largest music catalogue in the world” – blending, as it does, premium music releases with amateur uploads.In total, more than 135 million tracks are available to play on the platform.SoundCloud launched SoundCloud…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Irving Azoff thinks too many people are under-paying artists and songwriters, and he ain’t taking it lying down.Earlier this year, the legendary manager spearheaded a petition from 186 artists against YouTube’s safe harbor protections in the US market – signed by everyone from Taylor Swift to Sir Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Beck and…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Apple Music officially has more than 20 million paying subscribers.The Cupertino company just confirmed the milestone to MBW – and it comes less than 18 months after the streaming service launched on June 30 last year.The next obvious question: how does Apple’s latest subscriber count compare to Spotify’s?Daniel Ek announced in September that…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), on behalf of music publishers and songwriters, has negotiated an agreement with YouTube to distribute royalties for musical works used on the platform where ownership was previously unknown.Any unclaimed works which appeared from August 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015 are potentially covered by the settlement.As a…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Len Blavatnik just enjoyed his biggest year as Warner Music Group owner – by some distance.According to SEC filings released today, WMG saw total revenue of $3.25bn in the 12 months to end of September – increasing 9.4%, or 13.1% at constant currency.That’s Warner’s highest revenue figure for eight years, and by far…

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Hookblast >> pitchfork.com One year after acquiring the streaming service Rdio, Pandora have revealed Pandora Premium—the company’s new on-demand streaming subscription service, The Verge reports. The Spotify and Apple Music competitor is set for a 2017 release at $10 per month. The big perks are on-demand, ad-free streaming with the ability to save music offline. The new service also touts…

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Hookblast >> businessinsider.com The Californian tech giant gave interviews to Billboard and the BBC announcing the milestone — which means it is now half the size of rival Spotify. The subscription music service launched in June 2015, and it has grown steadily since then. Apple has aggressively courted deals with artists and labels to carry exclusive music on its platform…

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Hookblast >> pitchfork.com YouTube has announced that in the last 12 months it has paid out $1 billion dollars in ad revenue to the music industry, “demonstrating that multiple experiences and models are succeeding alongside each other,” according to a press release from Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl. The company predicts even more growth in the near future, as online…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Jeff Temske has been promoted to head a newly-created department as Senior Vice President, Streaming Strategy and Research, for Capitol Music Group (CMG).Temske (pictured) will report to the Universal company’s Chief Operating Officer Michelle Jubelirer, in his new position.He will oversee the company’s global efforts to launch and expand the growth of its…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Universal Music UK has promoted Nickie Owen to Director of International Marketing – a role in which she is primarily tasked with raising the profile of UK-signed talent around the globe.Owen has worked closely with all Universal Music’s UK labels since joining the international team as senior marketing manager in 2014, playing a…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Liz Morentin has been appointed Executive Vice President of Communications and Media, Warner Bros. Records.As a member of the company’s senior management team, Morentin will oversee all communications and media efforts for Warner Bros.’s roster of artists and corporate initiatives.She will be based in the company’s headquarters in Burbank, California and will report…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com When all’s said and done, who’s the most powerful company in the music business?Obvious candidates would include rights-holders like Universal Music Group – the owner of the biggest recorded music company in the world.Then there’s Sony, which now owns 100% of the globe’s dominant publishing business, Sony/ATV, as well as Universal’s Music’s biggest…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Rumblings out of Nashville: Broken Bow Records, the label home of Jason Aldean, is in discussions about a sale, according to MBW’s sources.The company is one of Music City’s most respected independents and was founded in 1997 by President/CEO Benny Brown.Its catalogue includes seven albums and 18 No.1 US country hits from superstar…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com The Offspring’s post-1997 catalogue is to be distributed by Universal’s UMe worldwide after the major reached a multi-year deal with independent Round Hill Records.The multi-year agreement includes six studio albums: Ixnay on the Hombre (1997); Americana (1998); Conspiracy of One (2000); Splinter (2003); Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008); Days Go By…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com The following MBW blog comes from respected veteran music biz journalist Larry LeBlanc with X-Ray Touring agent Beckie Sugden. The duo joined five other senior industry figures – Martin Goldschmidt (Cooking Vinyl) Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury), Malcolm Haynes (Glastonbury), Mark Meharry (Music Glue) and Scott Cohen (The Orchard) – last month in Ramallah, Palestine.…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Napster is becoming one of the most intriguing – and unorthodox – streaming services in existence.For one thing, it turned a profit in its last quarter.According to a quarterly filing from RealNetworks, Napster posted a $1.63m net profit in the three months to end of September – following some rigorous staff cutbacks under…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Apple Music’s Student Membership plan has been be rolled out to 25 new territories including Brazil, France, India and Mexico.The move takes the availability of the student discount to 32 countries.In May, Apple launched its student offer in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland and Denmark.In that initial launch run, it…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com In September, we discovered that Facebook was hiring for a Director of Global Music Rights – a sure sign that the social media behemoth was aiming to shore up its relationships with the entertainment industry.Now, we get another clue about its intentions.MBW has spotted that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is hiring for a Product…

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