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Indie record label Rich Music and reggaetón up-and-comer Justin Quiles have signed a record deal with Warner Music Latina, Billboard can announce exclusively. Quiles is one of the three artists signed under the Florida-based label, which is looking to expand its roster. “We are blessed to have Warner Music Latina believe in what we have being believing for the past three years, when…

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RPM Management has rebranded to RPM Entertainment with April Rider named as President. Rider joined RPM in 2012. RPM’s founder and former President, Scott Siman, currently serves as President of Em.Co. RPM Entertainment has hired Channing Wisz, formally with Miles High Productions in LA, to oversee the digital marketing, play listing, and streaming side of RPME.  read more at musicrow.com…

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Universal is putting a lot of faith in Alex Da Kid (aka. Alexander Grant). The major recently spent big bucks on signing a ‘unique and innovative’ multifaceted deal with the Grammy-winning Brit’s KIDinaKORNER – a combined record label, publisher, production house and marketing agency. The agreement appears to be akin to a label services set-up, where Grant (pictured) keeps hold of his copyrights…

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Barbara Carole Coppersmith was born on Jan. 25, 1925, in Worcester, Mass., and began playing piano at age 5. Although she studied classical technique, she was irresistibly drawn to jazz on the radio. Her early piano idols included Nat King Cole, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum. Ms. Carroll became a fixture on 52nd Street during its final years as a…

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BET’s recent airing of The New Edition Story reopened old wounds for many in the African American community. The music industry’s maltreatment of Black musicians is historic. Through New Edition’s story, viewers saw a glimpse of the ways in which lack of knowledge in the entertainment industry can result in devastating consequences for Black musicians. read more at huffingtonpost.com Follow @HookBlast…

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Bobby Freeman, whose ” Do You Want to Dance” climbed the pop charts in 1958 and endured long afterward in covers by the Beach Boys, the Ramones, Bette Midler and others, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Daly City, Calif. He was 76. The cause was a heart attack, his son Robert Freeman Jr. said on Monday. The…

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Apple Music has gone “well past” the 20 million paid subscriber mark that it announced late last year, but senior vp Eddy Cue wants more. Speaking at the Code Media conference on Monday night, Cue said the company was “thrilled” with subscriber growth, but that the “world has less than 100 million people subscribing to music, and there’s billions of people…

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Music Xray announced today that it made changes to the way the site compensates industry professionals who post opportunities for songwriters, bands, producers, and performers on the site. The changes went into effect on February 1st, 2017. “As Music Xray has evolved and our filtering for the industry become more sophisticated, we’ve seen the need to have a compensation program…

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The solutions and visions carried by startups are no longer just a source of curiosity, but a serious matter for music professionals and artists themselves. Does this mean the music industry has lost its capacity to innovate? Technology has been part of music’s DNA since the advent of recorded music and radio broadcasting in the early 20th century. read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter…

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The news comes five weeks after the Berlin-based company filed a fiscal report for 2015 showing annual revenues up 21.6% to €21.1m ($22m), but net losses accelerating 30.9% to €51.22m ($52m). SoundCloud’s co-founder Alexander Ljung noted in the filing that the company may “run out of cash” before the end of 2017 if it cannot secure further financing. The FT then quotes…

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If Mr. Jarreau’s highly accessible, intensely personal style defied easy classification, that very accessibility – and, perhaps, the mere fact of his considerable commercial success – left some jazz purists skeptical. But critics’ reservations never deterred Mr. Jarreau, who prided himself, as he told The Los Angeles Times in 1986, on his “jazz attitude,” which he defined as “the idea…

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WMG also announced a slate of reissues and 2 new releases. The entire 27 album collection of Prince’s Warner Bros. “Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince’s music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly on music’s biggest night.” Would Prince Be Proud? read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the…

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Fans of pop star Katy Perry woke up Friday to an e-mail on their smartphones: Her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” is available for streaming. They got another reminder when they logged on to Facebook, where Perry is liked by more than 70 million people. As if that weren’t enough, Los Angeles and London fans on their daily commutes…

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For Adele and Beyoncé, the finish line will take the same form: a prime seat at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where each is nominated for several of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, including album, record and song of the year. Both singers command vast, loyal audiences; enjoy the universal esteem of critics and tastemakers; and generally work with whomever they…

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Music video’s two power players are both in the news for strategic resets. These are both important developments in their own rights but together form part of a changing narrative for music video. Music video is streaming music’s killer app. read more at ajournalofmusicalthings.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry news feed on the web. See vetted…

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In book publishing, he would be the undisputed No. 1 for 10 years running. A 2005 internal experiment with music streaming at Amazon was scuttled before it launched, creating a opening that’s now filled by Spotify, with 40 million subscribers, and Apple Music, with 20 million. The company’s latest bid for more eardrums is Amazon Music Unlimited, a subscription-based streaming service launched…

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The perfect mix of brand messaging and a well chosen piece of music can result in powerful advertisement that potential customers can connect with. It can also provide significant value to the artist, as it broadens their and audience and earns revenue from sync licensing. With the proper packaging, advertising can provide significant value to the artist(s) involved as well. read…

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When this segment of the industry first emerged in the 1920’s and 30’s, very few companies existed in the space, and each followed a very basic business model. Instead of utilizing talented musicians to create catalogs of original music, these niche production houses would simply replicate the top songs of the time, altering just enough of the sound to avoid…

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Elton John is among the curators for a new vinyl subscription service based around the favourite records of the stars. For a fee of around $30 a month, subscribers will receive one of the curator’s favourite albums by another artist, along with personal commentary, the artist’s Top 10 albums list, access to the service’s store and other rewards. Billboard reports…

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Spotify is in with a fighting chance of topping 50m subscribers in the first quarter of this year. The New York Times today announced that new digital subscribers to its publication – who sign up for a one-year commitment – will ‘receive free, unlimited access to Spotify Premium’. That offer, whose website remains live, enabled users to purchase a ‘Digital Pack’…

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