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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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Armed With $500 Million, Saban Music Group Inks a UMG Distribution Deal

The Sabin Music Group has announced that it has reached a global distribution and marketing deal with Universal Music Group (UMG), which comes six months after billionaire Haim Sabin pledged $500 million for the new label. The agreement calls on Caroline International, which is a subsidiary of UMG’s Capitol Music Group, to distribute Sabin Music […]

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Rich Music CEO Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison on Wire Fraud Charges

A judge has sentenced Rich Mendez, who is the CEO of Rich Music, to five years in federal prison for wire fraud. Rich Music is one of the top Latin labels in the United States. Last year, it was No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Latin labels chart. In a 2015 indictment, the federal government said […]

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Warner Music Turkey Officially Sets Sail; Instanbul Offices Opened

Warner Music is opening an office in Istanbul, Turkey, further expanding their partnership with Doğan Music. The new affiliate office will work with Doğan to develop the international careers of the country’s best artists. The office will also help expand the presence of Warner’s catalog in the country. Warner has further named Gülce Özyeşilpınar as […]

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Spinnin’ Records Wins Appeal in Lawsuit with Martin Garrix

In the Netherlands, a Dutch appeals court has ruled against DJ Martin Garrix in an appeal filed by his former label Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllStars Management. In August of 2015, Garrix announced that he was leaving both companies. Soon afterward, he filed a lawsuit against them, alleging that the two had coerced both him and his father […]

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What Taylor Swift Controversy? Big Machine Label Group Signs Sugarland

All the controversy relating to Taylor Swift and Big Machine Records have not stopped the record label from signing the country music duo Sugarland. This is not the first partnership between Big Machine and Sugarland, which consists of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. Last year, the singers teamed up with Big Machine and Universal Music […]

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Warner Music Nashville Joins the Party on Standardized, Complete Music Credits

Full credits have fallen to the wayside since digital downloads and streaming took over. Now, Warner Music is announcing a major step towards standardized music credits during the production phase.  The effort towards standardized credits is part of the Recording Academy’s Behind the Record campaign. The Academy’s social media campaign launched in October to raise […]

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Sony Music Inks Strategic Investment In Podcast Producer Neon Hum

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony Music Entertainment has made what it termed a “strategic investment” in Neon Hum, which is a podcast production company. Sony made the deal, it is said, in the hope of bolstering its lineup of non-music properties. As part of the agreement, Neon Hum will develop a set of new […]

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Geffen Records President Exits to Pursue Indie Management + Label Venture

It is being reported that Neil Jacobson, who is the president of Geffen Records, will be leaving the company to launch his own venture. Jacobson will leave Geffen at the end of the year, and he is expected to be involved in the transition to a new president. Billboard obtained a letter that Jacobson sent […]

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Warner Music, Providence Equity Partners Amass $650 Million to Buy Music Catalogs

Warner Music Group announced that they and Providence Equity Partners had raised $650 million, which they intend to use to purchase music catalogs. The partnership is called Tempo Music Investments. According to the announcement, while Providence is supplying most of the capital in the joint venture, Warner Music is supplying its ability to identify and […]

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