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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Adrian Strain is stepping down as Global Director of Communications at the end of this year, following 21 years with the organisation.He will set up a consultancy practice working in and outside the music industry.Strain was first named Director of Comms at IFPI – the global recorded music trade body – in 1998,…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Tom ‘Grover’ Biery has been appointed Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing, Strategy and D2C at Concord Music Group.In this position, Biery will oversee Concord’s global digital strategy and will manage streaming, marketing, social media, and D2C business initiatives for the group’s myriad of label imprints.Biery began his music company career as a…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com iHeartMedia has inked deals with at least two major labels for its upcoming Spotify rival, MBW can reveal – with the aim to launch a duo of new streaming products in Q1 2017.Rock solid sources tell us that iHeart has two brand names locked and loaded for the services.iHeartRadio Plus will be its…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Say hello to the latest music streaming app to be licensed by all three majors.Playster bills itself as ‘the world’s first all-in-one entertainment streaming service’. More daringly, it also bills itself as ‘the Netflix of everything’.The iOS and Android platform offers ‘all you can eat’ access to a range of subscription options at…

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Hookblast >> variety.com Oakland, Calif.-based digital music service Pandora thinks it has found an offer that music fans can’t refuse: streaming music for half the price. Pandora Plus, launched last week as a $4.99-per-month premium tier, is similar to Pandora’s existing free, personalized radio offering, but paying subscribers won’t hear ads and will gain offline listening, instant song replays, and…

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Hookblast >> allaccess.com Playlists have now surpassed albums as a format for music listening, according to a new study conducted by LOOP (LOTS OF ONLINE PEOPLE) and provided to members of the MUSIC BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (MUSIC BIZ). The insight comes from “Music Consumption: The Overall Landscape,” the third in-depth report to be issued via MUSIC BIZ CONSUMER INSIGHTS, the interactive,…

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Hookblast >> businessinsider.com The rise of music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify has been a boon to music lovers, but there’s still one major pain point: Exclusive releases. Companies like Apple and Tidal have been aggressively pursuing deals to land albums and content exclusively (for a period of time) on their platforms to entice new users. But if…

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Hookblast >> musictimes.com The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has released its 2016 mid-year report. The overall numbers are up thanks to streaming, but that is largely offset by the continued decline in physical sales and digital downloads. Overall revenue was up 8.1 percent during the first half of 2016. The overall market is now worth 3.43 billion, up…

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Hookblast >> musicbusinessworldwide.com Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has promoted David Kokakis to Executive Vice President/Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Business Development and Digital. The promotion was announced by Marc Cimino, Chief Operating Officer of UMPG, to whom Kokakis reports. Previously Senior Vice President / Head of Business & Legal Affairs and Business Development, Kokakis has led UMPG’s business…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, has announced its internal Digital Team – hiring two new senior execs to run it who both report into Alice Kim, ASCAP’s Chief Strategy & Digital Officer.The Digital Team is comprised of the Digital Product & User Experience Group, led by Dena Fletcher, as…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Warner/Chappell Music has promoted Eric Mackay to Vice President, Digital, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia-Pacific, with immediate effect.Mackay joined Warner/Chappell in April 2015 as Head of Digital, Europe. He will continue to be based in London and report to Warner/Chappell Chairman and CEO Jon Platt.In his new post, Mackay is responsible…

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This post was originally published at musicindustryblog.wordpress.com Pandora continued its steady path towards subscriptions today with the announcement of a revamp of its premium radio offering Pandora One and confirmation of a forthcoming 9.99 tier. These of course have been in the works since its acquisition of Rdio’s assets back in November 2015. In the update Pandora One becomes Pandora…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com The ad-supported tier of Pandora, long defined as a lean-back, ‘non-interactive’ service, has undergone a significant transformation.All users now have to do to skip more tracks and replay songs on the free radio platform is agree to watch certain video advertisements.The company now appears to be running a trial with fast food company…

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This post was originally published at musicindustryblog.wordpress.com The EU today announced a raft of reform proposals for copyright, encompassing news, video and of course music. Among the proposals is the recommendation that sites like YouTube that currently operate under safe harbour proposals would have to proactively scan their services for copyright infringing material. This is music to the ears of…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Chen comes to the Warner label from XL Recordings, where he served as head of the company’s U.S. operations for the past 11 years.The exec (pictured) was responsible for signing and/or working closely with artists such as Vampire Weekend, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Sigur Ros, Tyler the Creator, Ratatat, and The xx.In his new…

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This post was originally published at musicbusinessworldwide.com Who’d be an independent publisher in 2016?The number of threats hitting these businesses seems to grow by the day.Obviously, there’s streaming revenue. Whether it’s on-demand services like Spotify or ‘lean-back’ stations like Pandora/Sirius, publisher income famously pales into comparison to that received by record labels.The suspicion is that, with greater profit margins on…

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Hookblast >> businessinsider.com Music streaming service Tidal has reportedly failed to pay over 100 outstanding bills, according to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. The newspaper obtained documents from credit reference companies that show the three companies that form Tidal have 107 default notices on unpaid bills between them. Dagens Næringsliv says that over 100 of the default notices have been incurred…

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Hookblast >> businessinsider.com Pandora is readying the launch of an on-demand music service to compete with the like of Spotify, and is currently trying to lock down deals with the major music labels. But if the company can’t get those deals done, or if the new service is a flop, there will be big pressure on Pandora to sell itself.…

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Hookblast >> musicbusinessworldwide.com Pandora has signed US-only direct licensing agreements for recorded music with Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Merlin and The Orchard, in addition to ‘over 30 other independent labels and distributors’. You may have noticed a big omission there: no Warner. MBW understands the major is close to striking a direct deal with Pandora, with the main sticking…

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