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Downtown Music Starts Laying Off Employees After Selling 145,000 Song Catalog

Photo Credit: Downtown Music Downtown Music layoffs have begun after selling its 145,000 song catalog. Here’s what we know. A ‘number’ of its Nashville employees have been let go, including Executive VP A&R Steve Markland. He was the highest-ranking staffer in the Nashville office and is pictured above in a press release photo from 2019. […]

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Sony Music Publishing Unveils Partnership With Stockholm-Based The Very Good

Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Credit: Yoko Correia Nishimiya Sony Music Publishing has officially partnered with the publishing division of music-management firm The Very Good “to provide further support for its catalogue and expand international opportunities for its roster of songwriters.” Sony Music Publishing (formerly Sony/ATV) unveiled its partnership with The Very Good’s publishing unit today, in […]

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LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Imprint Raises $8 Million In Funding

Photo Credit: Adrian Martin / CC by 3.0 LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells has raised $8 million in Series A funding to expand its direct-to-consumer business. San Francisco-based Raine Ventures led the funding round, with participation from M13, Willoughby Capital Holdings, and Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang. Previous investors in the imprint include Irving Azoff, […]

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As Streaming Takes Over, Music Metadata Is Becoming More Critical for Musicians. How Critical, You Ask?

photo: Werner Gmünder Music metadata: it’s the oft-overlooked chore that can make a music career successful – or doom it to obscurity. But just how critical is it to get your music metadata in order? In order to explain the extreme importance of creating and maintaining proper metadata in the streaming era, we teamed up […]

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Gibson Inks Massive Brand Partnership with Universal Music Publishing in China

Universal Music Publishing Group China’s songwriting camp contestants complete a writing session. Photo Credit: Gibson Gibson has inked a massive brand partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group in China. The 127-year-old Gibson and Universal Music Publishing Group (the number-two music publisher in China and in the world) recently unveiled their “full-scale partnership” via a formal […]

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Round Hill Music Acquires Collective Soul’s Catalog, Closes Futures Deal with Ed Roland

Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland, who closed a futures deal with Round Hill Music. Photo Credit: John Colden Round Hill Music has acquired the back catalog of Atlanta-based rock band Collective Soul, in addition to inking a futures agreement with the group’s founder, lead singer, and chief songwriter, Ed Roland. Round Hill Music recently unveiled […]

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Shakira Becomes the Latest to Sell Her Publishing Rights to Hipgnosis

Shakira performing live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Credit: Andres.Arranz UK-based song-investment fund Hipgnosis has continued its catalog-acquisition spree by closing a deal with “Hips Don’t Lie” singer and songwriter Shakira. Hipgnosis unveiled the high-profile purchase – one of several that it’s finalized to this point in 2021 – today, in a formal announcement […]