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Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Robbie Williams

On November 4, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced that it had completed a global administration agreement with Farrell Music, which is the publishing company of British pop star Robbie Williams. The agreement covers not just Williams’ current music catalog but also any future songs he may write. It comes just prior to the release […]

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TuneIn Downplays Its Major Label Legal Defeat — “The Judgment Will Have Very Little Impact”

Last week, TuneIn suffered a legal defeat against two of the major labels on copyright infringement grounds. In the UK-based decision, TuneIn was found liable for streaming stations based outside of the country.  In his decision, judge Colin Birss in London found in favor of Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, while also issuing a […]

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The Latest Music Industry Gigs: Kobalt, Fat Possum, Downtown Music, BMG, UTA, Warner

Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry. If you have a job listing to share, we’re all ears.  Send us a note to news@digitalmusicnews.com. If you’d like to post a job on our Job Board, just send us a request to noah@digitalmusicnews.com. After just […]

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Sam Taylor Abruptly Exits Kobalt — Four Months After Getting Promoted

After only 4 months on the job, leading hip-hop executive Sam Taylor has left Kobalt Music. Neither Taylor nor Kobalt themselves would comment on the departure or the reasons for it, which was first reported by Variety. Though his name and photograph have already been removed from the company’s website. In 2016, Sam Taylor joined […]

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Live Nation Misses Q3 Earnings Estimates as Concert Revenue Slips

On October 31, Live Nation reported its 3rd quarter financials, with its numbers disappointing many on Wall Street. In the period ending September 30, the ticket seller and concert promoter recorded an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.71, which was more than 10% lower than the consensus estimate of $0.79. While its EPS was considerably […]

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The NFL Is Opening ‘Official Hubs’ on Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Tidal

As further indication that music streaming services have gone fully mainstream, the National Football League (NFL) announced that it is opening official hubs on leading streaming platforms. Recently, the NFL has been looking for ways to better connect with potentially alienated demographics, especially as the league became a warzone for social issues and debate. That motivated […]

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SiriusXM Adds 210,000 Subscribers This Quarter ⁠— Pandora Subscribers Plunge

SiriusXM’s financials reveal the company added roughly 210,000 net subscribers, while earnings slipped substantially.  The story at Pandora wasn’t rosy. The company’s third-quarter 2019 total revenue was $2.0 billion, which increased by 37% compared to last year. That boost comes from the completion of the acquisition of Pandora Media in February this year. SiriusXM reported net […]

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Global Anti-Piracy Coalition Battles an Overlooked Enemy ⁠— Password Sharing

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) is turning its attention to password sharing among streamers. The organization hasn’t announced any concrete measures, but they are looking into best practices for tackling the issue. ACE was founded to combat torrent piracy, but password sharing is a new hot-button issue. ACE consists of several high profile […]

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EU Study Reveals a Dramatic Decline in Music Piracy Among Young People

A study by the European Union (EU) Intellectual Property Office indicates that only 49% of people between the ages of 15 and 24 accessed pirated digital content over the past year. This represents a decline in piracy of 22% since 2016 when 60% of people used pirated content. The news is even better for the […]

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Apple Reports Record Services Revenue, Tops Earnings Estimates

Apple just released its 4th quarter financials for the period ending September 30, in which services such as Apple Music generated a record $12.5 billion in revenue. Services revenue at the company increased a whopping 18% over the same period in 2018. These services include the following: Apple Music App Store Apple Pay iCloud On […]

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