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Double Dutchess will be the first full-length solo release since her 2006 Multiplatinum debut The Dutchess and new music is expected to begin its rollout towards the end of the summer. Fergie shared this message with fans: “This new era, which includes starting my own label and creating a global partnership with BMG, is a dream come true. It’s an opportunity…

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Webster took up the specially-created role of President in January 2016. He was previously CEO of the MMF for eight years – overseeing a revamp of the organisation, and ensuring it could represent a new generation of artist managers and tackle issues relevant to the digital era. Starting his career as a record shop assistant, Webster spent the bulk of…

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Jay Gilbert spent 18 years at Universal Music, most recently as VP New Media and Online Marketing. He’s been on the cutting edge of digital sales and marketing at Universal, Starbucks Entertainment, Fox and Warner Music. But it’s his unique perspective as a musician, music executive and fan that makes Jay‘s approach to digital strategy and online marketing so artist-friendly. These days, Jay…

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One of the most-discussed ideas in today’s record business is the concept of Spotify ‘becoming a record label’ by signing and developing artists. The programme aims to provide a worldwide platform to independent artists from South Asia, via a distribution deal with The Orchard. The company has all its tracks mastered at Sterling Sound in New York, and offers artists…

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Announced to key leaders at IMS Ibiza, the report outlines the current landscape of the electronic music industry and how it has evolved over the past year. On the DJ circuit the numbers point to promising numbers for underground artists, as the top earning DJs are being paid slightly less, while lower ranking DJs are increasing their revenue. Also, artists…

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At the outset, let’s be clear: artists, as well as all those who helped write, record and produce a song or album are the beating heart of our industry and deserve as much credit and recognition as possible for their talent. That’s exactly what the music labels we represent — who invest billions of dollars into discovering, developing, promoting, and…

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Williams has been a radio and music industry professional, journalist, community activist, and documentarian. She is now finishing her tenure as the president of the Philadelphia Grammy chapter of the Recording Academy. Rolling out spoke with her recently: What role does activism play in music culture for you? read more at rollingout.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music…

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In advance of its release in June we want to give you a sneak peak into a couple of the key areas of focus: streaming app usage and major label streaming revenue. Subscriber numbers only tell part of the streaming story. They are solid indicators of commercial success, but can often obscure how well a service is doing in terms…

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A late ’80s baby, I experienced in my tween years the magic of physically going to a music store and hand-picking a choice record, be it on cassette tape, CD and—yes, even vinyl. There’s a visceral connection that happens when you hear the sounds of an old favorite emerge from the first pivot of a needle; the noises made from scratch, an integral component of the fabric…

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Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi  (VIVHY) would consider an initial public offering for the music label as the music industry continues to rebound thanks to licensing fees from streaming services, CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine told the Wall Street Journal on Monday. “I remember the people a few years ago who explained to us that music was a dying business and would never recover,”…

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Added Platt, “I’d also like to congratulate the amazing Michael Kiwanuka and Dario Marianelli on this wonderful recognition of their gifted songwriting. “It’s well-deserved recognition for an artist and songwriter who spearheaded the development of the grime scene and marks a significant coming of age for the most exciting genre of music in Britain today. According to the latest Music…

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Ever since the referendum in summer 2016, Brexit and the challenges it might create have become obsessions for the British music industry . So while no one, including the politicians, can quite be certain about what it might throw up, there’s plenty to said about the potential issues it may create. It’s a complex, challenging moment for the industry with the…

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I was a journalism major at Boston University’s School Of Communications when I got my first and only internship.  Those two years spent interning at the local branch of A&M Records changed my life, and set me on a path that I’m still gladly following today. The team at Cyber PR shares how you can do the same, even without…

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Pandora has been through the mill of late. It’s being toyed with as an on-then-off-then-on-again acquisition plaything by SiriusXM – after losing more than a third of a billion dollars in 2016. In addition, its active user base shrunk by more than 2.5m people in Q1, despite the launch of its much-heralded new subscription tiers. read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on…

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All night long, Las Vegas fans were quick to show their agreement. They even proved they were ready for more at show’s end when Shinoda — the last man left on the Chelsea stage — held up a small sign warning that the band would be back in September for the official One More Light tour stop. In response, happy…

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In this piece David Emery observes how the music industry has transitioned over time, past the era of downloading and into the streaming age, and why for those able to successfully navigate the streaming economy, there has never been a better time to be an independent musician.  read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music…

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The Grammy Awards are returning to Madison Square Garden in New York for the ceremony’s 60th anniversary in 2018 after 14 years at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. MSG last hosted the annual awards in 2003 and has done so three times in total. Radio City Hall was the Grammy’s previous New York base. read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated…

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Mike Engstrom , an 18-year veteran of Warner Music Group and Rhino Entertainment, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Global Catalog Management at Rhino Entertainment, reporting to Tim Fraser-Harding, WMG President of Global Catalog, and Mark Pinkus, President, U.S. Catalog & Rhino Entertainment. Based in the company’s headquarters in Burbank, Engstrom will continue to work…

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It was the first time digital accounted for more than half its total revenues, which rose 11% to $825m. Steve Cooper, Warner Music chief executive, said streaming revenue was now double that of physical sales and triple that of downloads. Warner was also boosted by the success of Ed Sheeran’s latest album, released in March. read more at bbc.co.uk Follow @HookBlast…

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