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Hookblast >> pitchfork.com Nicolas Jaar has launched a mysterious radio network. It’s a “mutation” of his subscription-based “serial label” Other People, which launched in 2013. In a statement, he writes that the label will no longer service weekly releases, and instead “concentrate on a much smaller batch of yearly releases starting in 2017.” Read Jaar’s full statement below, and check…

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Hookblast >> bloomberg.com With Spotify shooting for a public listing next year, it’s time for the leading independent music-streaming service to step up its game. No more blaming the big, bad record labels for everything. No more excuses for why the business remains stubbornly unprofitable despite doubling revenue last year and adding subscribers rapidly. Spotify does suffer from paying 70…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com The MBW Review gives our take on some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we respond to the news that Spotify is ‘punishing’ Apple exclusive artists with our own research and find… it is. The MBW Review is supported by FUGA.The past 72 hours have been especially fun in the…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Rock specialist management house Raw Power Management has signed a deal to represent acclaimed UK band Pulled Apart by Horses on a global basis – but it’s a deal with a difference.Raw Power has worked with finance specialists Amplify Music to secure an ‘innovative new funding package’ for Pulled Apart by Horses, which…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com The only place you’ve been able to find the video for Ariana Grande’s latest song ‘Side By Side’ for the past 24 hours is over on the official homepage of clothing brand Guess.Why? Because the firm has launched a new music project in tandem with UMG’s Republic Records – Guess Music.The first fruits…

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Hookblast >> nytimes.com MEXICO CITY — Juan Gabriel, a superstar Mexican songwriter and singer who was an icon in the Latin music world, died Sunday at his home in California at age 66, his publicist said. Juan Gabriel was Mexico’s leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist. His ballads about love and heartbreak and bouncy mariachi tunes became hymns throughout Latin America…

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This post was originally published at blog.musicxray.com In this video we tell you three things:1. What most people think Music Xray is Vs. What Music Xray really is.2. How to get the most of Music Xray without spending any money3. How to get the most of Music Xray by spending the very least.This video is about 25 minutes long but…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com There’s been another big change at an international office of Universal Music Group.Petter Singsaas has led Universal Music Norway for 22 years, making him the longest-serving label head in Norwegian music history.MBW has learned that Singsaas will leave this role ‘under mutual agreement’ on September 1.After this date, the exec will launch a…

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Hookblast >> pitchfork.com Legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died, the New York Times reports. He was 91. Over the course of a prolific half-century-long career, Van Gelder engineered albums for numerous jazz greats, such as John Coltrane (A Love Supreme), Herbie Hancock (Maiden Voyage), and Miles Davis (Walkin’). Other artists that worked with Van Gelder include Thelonius…

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This post was originally published at musicindustryblog.wordpress.com When Frank Ocean’s latest album ‘Blond’ dropped, it did so like a nuclear bomb, sending shockwaves throughout the music industry. In one of the audacious release strategies of recent years Ocean and his team at 360 fulfilled the final album contractual commitment to Universal Music by ushering his breaking-the-mold visual album ‘Endless’ onto…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com John Dyer has exited his position at Domino Recording Co after more than a decade with the company, MBW has learned.Dyer has been a Director of Domino since 2005, working alongside founder Laurence Bell at the helm of the business.The respected exec left the indie label and publisher yesterday (August 24).Dyer joined Domino…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Did Frank Ocean just leave Universal with egg on its face?As ever in the music business, your answer to this question depends on your motivations.MBW has established with two solid sources that Lucian Grainge did indeed send a memo to Universal label heads this week effectively ‘outlawing’ streaming exclusives. It’s 100% true.However, the…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Ticketing and concert discovery platform Songkick has raised $15m in additional funding from Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.It takes Access’s total investment into the company easily up over $25m.Access led a $16m funding round in the business when Songkick merged with ticketing company Crowdsurge in June last year, then pumped a further $10m into…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Mary Megan represents the third generation of the Peer family’s executive leadership of the company, which has been family-run since it was founded by her grandfather Ralph S. Peer in 1928.She will maintain a direct report to her father Ralph Peer II, who oversees the publisher’s global network of music publishing companies.Based in…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Independent music house Cooking Vinyl has announced plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a range of activity, which includes a new industry fund, a collaboration with PledgeMusic, a series of live events and a new book chronicling the history of the company.Founded in 1986 by Martin Goldschmidt (pictured) and his original business…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Frank Ocean’s Blonde has hit industry headlines this week – for more than its status as the comeback album from one of this generation’s most acclaimed talents.For one thing, the record was self-released by Ocean after a visual album – Endless – was issued a day earlier, fulfilling his contractual obligations to Universal…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Back in March, MBW revealed that French independent label Naive was up for sale.Now, it’s been acquired by Believe Digital, after falling into receivership earlier in the summer.MBW sources tell us that Believe pipped Sony to the deal, and was looked upon favourably by Paris’s Commercial Court because it agreed to take on…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com It’s the number that just keeps creeping up and up.You may remember that back in May, MBW told you that Universal Music Group generated $3.9m a day from streaming services in the first three months of 2016.Now, parent Vivendi has released its fiscal results covering the first half of this year- and streaming’s…

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Hookblast >> pitchfork.com Frank Ocean’s new Endless visual album, available exclusively via Apple Music, may be the last release of its kind for Universal Music Group. Yesterday, a source familiar with the situation told Pitchfork that Endless, which came out on August 19, fulfilled Ocean’s obligation to Universal and Def Jam. Ocean’s other new album, Blonde, which arrived on August…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Pandora has secured a three-hour show curated and produced by Questlove, featuring music and interviews about the global music landscape.Questlove Supreme will premiere on the Roots drummer’s Pandora station on September 1st at 1pm EST., replaying for 48 hours each week.Names set to appear include Saturday Night live alumni Maya Rudolph, Grammy-nominated producer…

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