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November 11, 2021 – Music Biz Member Warner Records Appoints Karen Kwak As Executive VP & Head of A&R

Warner Records has appointed industry veteran Karen Kwak as the label’s Executive VP & Head of A&R; the role sees her reporting to label co-chairman & CEO, Aaron Bay-Schuck. Prior to joining Warner Records, Kwak headed her own company for five years, KK Consulting, working with RCA Records (Britney Spears, Maluma), Epic Records, and Three… Read More

November 11, 2021 – Music Biz Member PlayTreks Launches TREKS Crypto-Token

All-in-one music distribution & marketplace app, PlayTreks has launched the TREKS crypto-token via the Coinsbit.io decentralized exchange. The Treks currency was designed to complement the PlayTreks Marketplace, where users can support their favorite artists and content creators as well as create, buy and sell NFTs. “Musicians, managers, or labels will have a more democratic system to operate… Read More

November 10, 2021 – Music Biz Member Dolby To Offer Dolby Atmos Support For Two Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

Dolby will implement its immersive Dolby Atmos spatial audio technology in two high-end Mercedes-Benz vehicle models, including the first Mercedes Maybach and Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class cars. The feature will also be available into the brand’s optional Burmester high-end 4D and 3D sound systems. Mercedes’ Dolby Atmos Music integration is powered by 31 loudspeakers along with eight… Read More

November 10, 2021 – BMI Is Hiring — Customer Service Associate (Nashville)

BMI is searching for a Customer Service Associate that will be responsible for performing various administrative tasks, resolving counterclaims, administering departmental mailboxes and fulfilling various ad hoc requests in order to achieve departmental goals and provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers.  LOCATION: Nashville, TN office. Effective November 1, this position will report… Read More

November 10, 2021 – Music Biz Member Linkfire Acquires Smart Link Pioneer, smartURL

Music-minded smart linking platform Linkfire has signed an agreement to acquire smartURL. Founded by Gogi Gupta and Jason Frank in 2011, smartURL was the first service to provide a smart-link solution for the global music industry. The acquisition will allow Linkfire to offer its unique features and monetization capabilities to users across the global music… Read More

November 10, 2021 – Six Reasons Why Regionality Still Matters For The Global Music Streaming Business

You’d be forgiven for thinking that music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music have rendered local listening habits and cultures less relevant. After all, music streaming is now available in most parts of the world and allows users to listen to artists from across the globe. In many ways, music has never been more accessible.… Read More

November 9, 2021 – Music Biz Member SoundCloud Partners With Splice To Launch Nova Emerging Artist Program

SoundCloud and Splice have partnered to launch Nova, a contest series for emerging artists. Select Nova artists will have their music promoted on SoundCloud’s Distribution Network, while the top four “SuperNovas” selected by teams at Splice and SoundCloud will get “enhanced marketing and distribution services,” which include distribution support, investment, amplification from SoundCloud on their… Read More

November 9, 2021 – Music Biz Member Pex Launches Platform Guarantee To Provide Insurance-Like Coverage For UGC Platforms

Digital rights technology company Pex has introduced Platform Guarantee, a first-of-its-kind service providing “insurance-like” coverage for user-generated content (UGC) platforms. Pex’s Platform Guarantee will cover up to $50 million of copyright-related damages and legal fees under the European Union’s Copyright Directive (EUCD) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The service will ensure that platforms… Read More

November 8, 2021 – Music Biz Member Songtrust Is Hiring – Business Data Analyst Intern (Sp. 2022)

Songtrust is the world’s largest technology solution for global music publishing royalty collection and administration. The company was founded to simplify music rights management and remove the complexity of the publishing landscape. Songtrust’s core mission is to help musicians, publishers, labels, and distributors easily track and collect global publishing royalties for their music catalogs. Songtrust… Read More

November 7, 2021 – Music Biz Member Utopia Music Acquires Lyric Financial

Music-minded financial tech company, Utopia Music has acquired Nashville-based Lyric Financial, helping the company expand the reach of its services into the United States. The move also assists Utopia’s mission to build a platform that, “brings a completely new approach to serving all music industry needs and to enable accounting, transparency and efficiency, repairing the… Read More