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Universal Music Starts an In-House Data Division to ‘Gain an Edge’

Universal Music UK has announced that it is launching a new division that will focus on data science, research, and strategy. The new division is being called The Square, and will operate out of the company’s London headquarters. Its managing director will be Jack Fryer. Previously, Fryer was the senior director of strategic planning at Universal Music […]

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TikTok Superstar Chase Hudson Inks Representation Deal with WME

TikTok star Chase Hudson and the content creation collective Hype House have signed a representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME). According to The Hollywood Reporter, WME will provide representation in the following areas: digital fashion modeling music touring commercials film and television licensing Hudson is only 17, and he already has over nine […]

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Warner Chappell Settles Long-Running Licensing Dispute with Spotify

Warner Chappell and Spotify have resolved their long-running licensing dispute in India by signing a global licensing deal. Since February of 2019, Spotify had been operating its music streaming service in India without a proper license from Warner Chappell, which is the publishing division of Warner Music Group. At issue was Spotify’s belief that it […]

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Justin Bieber’s Chart-Gaming Attempts Are Falling a Little Short

The controversial attempts of singer Justin Bieber and/or his team to game the charts and make “Yummy” a No. 1 song seem to be coming up a little short. For the moment, Bieber’s fans have been unable to bring his new song to the top of the charts. Some are speculating that the reason might […]

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Composer Discovers His Music Is All Over Chinese TV, Can’t Get Paid

In a collection of 37 Twitter posts, composer Kerry Muzzey described his odyssey of trying to get paid for music of his that has appeared on Chinese TV. Muzzey alleges that the culprit is China Central Television (CCTV). He insists that, for many years, the television network has been using his songs in their shows. […]

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Deezer Inks a Bundled Carrier Deal with Mondia for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE

Deezer announced that it has signed an agreement with a mobile technology company called Mondia that will allow for direct carrier billing services in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE. The announcement comes in the wake of news that Deezer’s competitor in the region Anghami may be for sale. With Mondia Pay, people in the […]

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LiveXLive Says It Has 820,000 Paying Subscribers

LiveXLive announced that it has reached 820,000 paid subscribers, which is up 140,000 in the past nine months. The achievement came within the context of the company releasing certain operational metrics for the first nine months of their fiscal year, which ends in March of this year. Among the other interesting metrics that the company […]

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Is Anghami for Sale? $400 Million Price Tag Rumored

According to a report from Bloomberg, Anghami is considering selling the company to a pay television network in Dubai called Orbit Showtime Network (OSN). Sources have told Bloomberg that the Middle East music streaming service — whose name means “my tunes” in Arabic — is currently weighing various business options, with a sale prominent among these. […]

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Bernstein Initiates Coverage of Spotify, Starts at ‘Underperform’

Bernstein Bank has begun covering Spotify as a stock, and they are very bearish at the moment, believing that the stock is significantly underperforming. Todd Juenger, who is an analyst at Bernstein, has set a target price of $127. This means that he believes that the stock will eventually fall about 20% from its current […]

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Finally: SiriusXM Is Testing Bundled Pandora Subscriptions

A little more than a year after it acquired Pandora, SiriusXM is finally considering bundling it with its satellite radio service. At the moment, there are scant details about how the company might package the two services. All the company is saying is that it is testing various cross-promotions aimed at those who are either […]

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