Talent Is Timeless, the premier platform for songwriters over 50, is proud to announce its partnership with Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software. Universal Audio will sponsor the 2023 Talent Is Timeless songwriting competition with three of their Volt 2 Studio Packages, providing winningContinue Reading

Boomplay And Merlin

Boomplay, Africa’s popular music streaming service, and Merlin expand their licencing deal to include 47 new African countries. Phil Choi from Boomplay said: “As our user base and service grows rapidly across the continent, it’s important that we have the right partners to continue on this journey with us, andContinue Reading

CD Baby

Since its founding in 1998, CD Baby, the music distributor owned by Downtown Music Holdings, has reportedly paid out more than $1 billion to musicians. Andrew Bergman from, Downtown said: “As business partners since 2014, we appreciated the depth of CD Baby’s organization and its incredibly loyal client base, twoContinue Reading

Bruce Springsteen

The purchase of music catalogues is becoming the equivalent of premier league clubs purchasing the world’s best footballers; the money spent is out of this planet! Furthermore, Sony Music Entertainment has purchased Bruce Springsteen’s music rights for a whopping 550 million dollars! Although we do not know the ins andContinue Reading

Warner Pay $400 Million

Warner Music Group recently purchased 300 Entertainment from Kevin Liles, and it has emerged that the record company paid $400 million in cash for the label. Kevin Liles founded 300 Entertainment in 2021, with former Warner Music staffer Lyor Cohen working alongside him.Continue Reading

Apple Staff

In February, Apple employees, including those who work in Apple Music, will no longer be expected to return to the office. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, indicated that staff would be permitted to work from home ‘indefinitely,’ with a ‘yet-to-be-determined’ return date. Also, all of its corporate employees will receive $1,000Continue Reading

TikTok

In 2021, TikTok was a breakthrough year for music, with over 430 songs surpassing 1 billion video views. TikTok’s Global Head of Music, Ole Obermann, said: “TikTok opens the door to new artists, new sounds, underground and DIY scenes as well as the classic hits, connecting them with a globalContinue Reading

The Music Industry

The world’s most well-known record companies, such as Sony, Universal, and Warner, are joining independents in signing climate schemes that will allow for a more sustainable future by 2050. There are presently two schemes, the Science-Based Targets and the SME Climate Community, and large corporations are signing on to them.Continue Reading

Universal Music Group

With their latest announcement that they will develop ‘Virtual Identities,’ Universal is paving the road forward in the NFT space. The flagship label will team up with Genies, the avatar tech company, for their project, and they also state they will create NFTs for their artists. Celine Joshua from UniversalContinue Reading

Symphonic Distribution

According to recent reports, Ali Lieberman will join Symphonic Distribution as Vice President of Product. Speaking about the new appointment, Ali said: I’m thrilled to join the team at Symphonic and am very impressed with the high-quality services they offer creators. I can’t wait to build some really cool productsContinue Reading

The Beatles

The Beatles’ vintage audio interviews will head to auction this week as NFTs. The interviews, which are separate interviews with each member, have not seen the light of day in decades. Speaking about the revelation, Jonathan Firstenberg said: “The owners of VOCR acquired this remarkable archive from its creator, KathleenContinue Reading

Brennan Bill

The ‘Brennan Bill’, which would have likely removed income from labels, failed to pass through the UK Government. Kevin Brennan introduced the new law that allowed artists to receive direct payments from streaming sites, circumventing labels. Many labels were not pleased, even though many artists thought it was the properContinue Reading

Warner Music Taiwan

Jasmine Hsiao is the new managing director of Warner Music Taiwan. Jasmine will report to Warner Music Asia co-presidents Chris Gobalakrishna and Jonathan Serbin. The new hire has over 20 years of expertise in the music industry and will begin working in the position immediately. Hsiao said: “I’m excited toContinue Reading

Warner Music Asia

Chris Gobalakrishna and Jonathan Serbin have been named co-presidents of Warner Music Asia. Both presidents will be based in Hong Kong and report directly to Simon Robson, Warner’s president of international recorded music. Chris Gobalakrishna said: “I’m honoured to be working with Jonathan to lead our Asian operations. Asia isContinue Reading

UMP China

After deciding to extend its operations in China, UMP China has launched a new office in Shangai. Mo LiangJin spoke about the opening and said: “UMP’s new office opening is a strong support for Jing’an District to continuously promote the development of a multi-dimensional, high-level cultural and creative industry. Jing’anContinue Reading

Apple Music

The streaming provider Apple Music is launching a new subscription called ‘The Apple Music Voice Plan.’ The new membership will be $4.99 and will use Siri, Apple’s built-in voice recognition capability. Oliver Schusser from Apple said: Apple Music and Siri are natural partners and already work seamlessly together. With SiriContinue Reading

ANote Music

According to a close source, Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, will join ANote Music as a senior advisor. The future growth of the marketplace for investing in music royalties will receive guidance from the music industry veteran. Knowles said: “Since first meeting ANote at an industry event in 2019, I’ve been thoroughly impressedContinue Reading

British Government Music

The House of Commons in London calls for a watchdog to investigate the UK music industry’s structure. Why? Because there are concerns that the large labels have too much clout, forcing the competition to grow too “ferocious.” The BPI said: “Supporting further market growth and preserving UK music’s dynamism, investmentContinue Reading

Twitch

Amazon-owned Twitch has reached an agreement with music publishers to work together to develop new productive collaborations. The new agreement will allow Twitch to open up new opportunities for music publishers and strengthen the link between gaming and music. CEO of the national music publishers association, David Israelite, recently spokeContinue Reading

US Record Music IndustryUS Record Music Industry

In the first half of 2021, the recording music industry in the United States grew. Furthermore, new data shows that revenue from recorded sales increased by $1.5 billion in the first quarter of this year, compared to $7.1 billion in 2020. The increase is due to a rise in musicContinue Reading

Apple Music

Apple Music, the music streaming service, is now integrating Shazam’s technology into its platform to ensure all rightsholders get paid. Apple, which owns Shazam, uses the song finding tool to ensure that owners of the music that appear in mixes get their share of royalty payments, and it is partContinue Reading

Australian Music Industry

The Australian music business supports the national vaccination drive by encouraging music fans to get vaccinated. Key industry figures have been bolstering the campaign with one statement saying: “Help us stop the interruptions and get vaxxed as soon as you can. Every jab makes a difference, and every Australian canContinue Reading

Warner Music Leaders

Warner Music has recently changed several senior executives, leaving many people perplexed as to why. When asked about the strategy, Warner’s Simon Robson said: “In an environment where the music business is both more globalised than ever and hyper-localised at the same time, our international leadership team positions us brilliantlyContinue Reading

Linktree Music

With its music link capability, Linktree will integrate with Songlink/Odesli. The new feature will give musicians more chances to grow on streaming platforms and provide music lovers with additional options to discover new songs. CEO of Linktree, Alex Zaccaria, said: “Before co-founding Linktree, my brother Anthony and I spent aContinue Reading