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According to Tech Crunch, during this time, another four members were hired to Spotify as a way to raise corporate profile. Parker brought a lot of progress to Spotify such as helping Spotify negotiate its first deals with different labels to pay for the licensing fees so that listeners have the ability to stream music. Parker also helped Spotify expand…

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With Thriller, Jackson also broke down long-standing racial barriers in the music industry, spanning traditional divides between pop, rock and dance music, and establishing himself as a black star who appealed to audiences of all backgrounds and paving the way for future African-American stars. The ascending King of Pop was pictured at the time in his signature sunglasses and military-style…

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Kenny Rogers set the tone during The Nation We Build Together gala opening at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Rogers performed his song “‘Merica” to a capacity crowd of 600 guests in front of the gallery that houses The Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag that inspired the national anthem. The six-song set…

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It’s 10 years since her debut album Made of Bricks, and that’s made the singer reflect on how industry bosses treated her. That’s part of being an artist, I think, and I’ve had some horrible managers. Kate says she got the call from creator Jenji Kohan (who’s also behind Orange is the New Black) after filming a pilot for another…

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The initiative is aimed at providing UK music companies and representatives primarily coming from independent labels, music publishers and songwriters the chance to learn about sync opportunities in the world’s biggest entertainment media market. Both through panels and targeted networking opportunities, the sync mission opens the door to long-term business relationships with music supervisors and also the chance to strengthen…

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It just so happens his trick was to forge a highly successful record label – no matter its size. Hip-hop and urban music have flowed in the bloodstream of Interscope ever since the label chalked up a deal with Death Row Records back in 1992. To stroll around IGA’s Santa Monica offices today is to imbibe a visual re-telling of…

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Dylan Scott’s hit “My Girl” has earned gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Featured on his self-titled debut album, Scott penned the song about his wife and all the little things he gets to see in her that no one else does. This month, Scott checked another career milestone off by headlining a sold-out show at the Troubadour…

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For a long time, the music industry is in need of a facelift and the advent of big data seems to fulfill this. The musicians might be provided with a more successful revenue model with the emergence of big data. This represents one of the largest industry shifts that music has witnessed in many years. read more at insidebigdata.com Follow @HookBlast…

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Intel and most recently several years at Apple Music.  Along the way, in 2010, Allen was also a digital strategy director at North Inc. Now he’s back at at the branding and ad agency to spearhead a new music division. “I’ve spent more than two decades working in both the music and tech industry, and I want to use what…

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Beloved longtime Nashville industry executive Bob Heatherly has passed away. The well-known industry personality spent years working at various labels in town including positions at Columbia Records and as VP/Sales & Promotion at Atlantic Records prior to joining country legend Charley Pride in launching Music City Records. Prior to retiring, Heatherly served as President and CEO of the indie label. read…

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We’ve seen the trajectory from tapes, to CD’s, to mp3’s to iPods, but now we’re moving into streaming, instead of simply “ownership” of the content, and listeners want on-demand enjoyment. The industry changes typically just meant record labels had to shift their distribution strategy by offering a new type of product. But not, the whole industry is turning on its…

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Robert Horsfall (pictured) is one of the UK’s most respected music lawyers, with clients across both the label and artist communities. He calls for a revolution in the music industry’s approach to recording contracts in order to create truly long-term relationships between artists and labels. I have been a lawyer in the music industry for 35 years, mostly working with…

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Hudson Moore has signed with APA Nashville. “Hudson Moore is the perfect addition to the APA Nashville family,” commented Steve Lassiter, Partner and Head of Concerts, APA Nashville. “His instrumental dexterity and passion for creating music set him apart in this industry, and we’re very excited to have him join our growing roster.”  read more at musicrow.com Follow @HookBlast on…

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Distribution and label services specialist Believe (previously known as Believe Digital) is up for sale – and could be going to a major label. MBW has heard from well-placed sources that Sony Music has shown interest in an acquisition, but that a final deal is likely still some way off. We hear that Believe is seeking a sale price of €400m-€500m…

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Records names award-winning music supervisor of Glee fame PJ Bloom senior vice president, film & television music and soundtracks. — BMI promotes Alison Smith to executive vp of distribution, publisher relations and administration services, and Mike Steinberg to evp of creative and licensing. The promotions come on the heels of the retirement of Phil Graham, BMI’s longtime senior vp of writer/publisher relations. read more at billboard.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the…

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Butler succeeds Andrew Jenkins of Universal Music Publishing in the role. The ICMP Board also elected its new Executive. He was at the helm of ICMP as we battled for key issues for our industry and he is leaving us in excellent shape with a much-enhanced profile across the world.” “I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new chair. read…

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The streaming service is now valued at a cool $8.4 billion Who buys music anymore these days? It’s two thousand and seventeen mate! Record labels who previously relied on album sales now have to generate profits from touring and merchandise as a response to pirating of music and streaming services which have cornered the market. Speaking of, music giant Spotify…

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Swedish independent music company TEN Music Group has officially launched a streaming and singles focused imprint, Tenacity, with Ali Vedadi appointed Lead A&R. The label’s mission is to start the story for young acts on a single by single basis, aiming to utilise streaming and move quickly when launching songs worldwide. read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music…

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