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Last year when CD Baby aquired Show.co, it said that it had “big plans” for the digital music marketing platform. Now we know what they are – free integration into the CD Baby artists dashboard. Indie music distributor and royalty administration service CD Baby, is integrating the marketing services of its latest acquisition, Show.co, into its artist dashboard. Show.co offers digital tools…

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The move was supported by $12.1m in funding from Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance – a package consisting of  term loans and acquisition facilities. This cash includes funding to support further acquisitions. Outside of music, James Grant Group services entertainment clients in sport, TV, literature and beyond.  read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry…

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The company has pumped initial funding of £3m ($3.7m) into Sentric, to help accelerate the Liverpool-born publisher’s international expansion plans, as well as forming a strategic partnership to fund future acquisitions. Liverpool-headquartered Sentric Music works with more than 90,000 songwriters, providing music publishing, licensing opportunities and royalty collection services. Their long-term investment and minority partnership means that we can continue to…

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And so we had another giant bombshell over the weekend.  Chance the Rapper received $500,000 from Apple for making Coloring Book an iTunes and Apple Music exclusive.  We know that because the rapper told us that. “I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with [Apple] but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence,” Chance…

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The program aims to close the information gap that can hamstring kids, especially those from low-income backgrounds, when it comes to music industry jobs outside of performing. Last year, the rapper helped put a recording studio in his former high school, Cass Technical, and donated $25,000 to Wayne State University to assist students in need of shelter, childcare or food.…

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The news comes three months after MelodyVR signed a similar agreement with Warner Music Group. MelodyVR says it will be creating experiences with UMG artists including sell-out concerts, live performances, immersive music videos and intimate behind-the- scenes content. The interactive experiences will be available on all major virtual reality and mobile devices through MelodyVR’s platform, which launches later this year.  read…

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Apple Music paid very handsomely to lock down some major exclusive releases last year. First came Drake’s Views – a two-week streaming exclusive on the service, and a key part of a deal rumored to be worth $19m. He was also rumored to have picked up a multi-million cheque from Apple to secure his (controversially) self-released effort, Blonde – as well…

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A very interesting stat: Spotify says Drake’s music has been streamed more than 10bn times on its platform. However, that payout stat was announced by Spotify over three years ago, and has since been removed from its Spotify Artists website. Industry pundits tell MBW that a more realistic per-stream rate on Spotify today – across both its free and subscription…

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In the latest sign that the music industry is mounting a comeback, one of the most powerful men in the business is snapping up some of its least flashy assets: trade publications. Music mogul Irving Azoff and a business partner, Tim Leiweke, recently purchased Venues Today, and are in talks to buy Pollstar, people familiar with the matter said. Both…

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In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ‘n’ roll was a music of joyful…

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The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s…

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In 2015, Canadians purchased more than half-a-million vinyl records —  nearly a third more from the year before, according to Nielsen Music. And the Ontario-based Sunrise Records is banking on that trend continuing. The chain is taking over 70 closing HMV stores across Canada and is featuring vinyl front and centre for a plan to succeed where HMV failed. “People…

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Digital specialist Sammy Andrews has launched a new company, Deviate Digital, aimed at providing a full 360 digital service for the music industry. The new operation will look to offer a wide range of creative digital services, from social marketing campaigns, media buying, fan base establishment and engagement, streaming strategies and asset creation. One of the industry’s most prominent evangelists…

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By actually doing the things he writes about—creating original music, booking his own tours, making videos and utilizing all forms of social media—he has come to understand how artists can take command of their career and make smart, successful moves. Your friends aren’t going to tell you if they hate your music. To make sure your music is ready for…

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The MBW Review gives our take on some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we take a look at Live Nation’s latest annual financials – and the role of its huge artist management operation. Live Nation’s subsidiaries are now managing more than 500 artists – over double the number they were looking after just three years ago. read…

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The music business got quite excited when Facebook started advertising for a head of music licensing last year. The signals seem clear: the world’s biggest social network, with its 1.9bn active users, is finally ready to pay something for the use of music on its platform. Hrivnak has solid history in both publishing (at Warner/Chappell) and records (at Warner Music)…

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Nordström has served as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland since 2007. In 2016, Warner Music Finland had the No. 1 album for 24 weeks of the year, the No. 1 single for 23 weeks of the year, and enjoyed an average weekly airplay share of 42%. Stu Bergen commented: “For the past decade, Niko has led Warner Music Finland,…

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Mike Smith said: “At Warner/Chappell, it’s our mission to provide best-in-class service to our songwriters, and that means having the best people in every genre on our team. Anna’s fantastic knowledge and deep experience in the electronic and dance arena make her a tremendous addition to our A&R crew. She began her career in her native Sweden, working for national…

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A new public-voted awards event conceived to celebrate rock and metal, christened the Heavy Music Awards, has been launched today (March 1). Curated by a collective of music industry professionals – all of them without exception fans of music first and foremost – the Heavy Music Awards will provide an entirely independent vehicle to democratically crown the best of the…

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MARK FRY has been named as the new Managing Director of WARNER MUSIC FINLAND, reporting to WARNER MUSIC NORDICS Pres. JONAS SILJEMARK. FRY will assume the role after serving as GM/Marketing Dir. of WARNER MUSIC FINLAND. His appointment follows the departure of NIKO NORDSTRÖM (NET NEWS 2/28), who is moving to head up WARNER MUSIC AUSTRALASIA.  read more at allaccess.com…

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