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November 24, 2021 – Music Biz Member Spotify Relaunches Spotify Charts Site With Expanded Charts & Resources

Spotify has relaunched its Spotify Charts website to include additional resources for artists and listeners. New features on the site include weekly charts, chart data, and songwriter credits. New charts such as Artist Charts track the global performance of the top 200 artists, while Genre Charts follow the weekly top 200 songs across 17 genres. Local Pulse Charts highlight uniquely popular songs in individual cities. Artists and listeners can utilize Chart Data to view chart entry dates,... Read More

November 24, 2021 – Music Biz Members Twitch and UnitedMasters Launch The Collective Livestream Incubator

Twitch and UnitedMasters have partnered to launch The Collective, a livestream incubator for music creators. This invite-only program will focus on growth, networking and education by offering resources from the Twitch music team, Discord, and industry mentors. Upon completion of the program, creators will have learned how to build engaged communities and monetize their reach on Twitch. Artists will also be eligible for prioritized discovery, promotion, and activations from Twitch, Rolling Stone, and Amazon Music. Applicants will be selected by the Twitch Music team for the program launching in January 2022.... Read More

November 23, 2021 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Launches WMX Next-Gen Services Division

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the launch of WMX — a centralized, next-generation services division that will establish creative ways of connecting artists with their fans and bolstering new brand opportunities. The division will specialize in creating cross-channel, “always on” marketing campaigns designed to grow global fan bases through all available avenues: merch & vinyl sales, music streaming, ticketing, gaming & tech collaborations, and beyond. WMX also encompasses WMG’s media & creative arm, as well as a rebranded WEA commercial services &... Read More

November 22, 2021 – Music Biz Member The Orchard Names Priya Dewan VP of Int’l Marketing, APAC; MD of SE Asia/Korea

The Orchard has promoted Priya Dewan to the dual roles of VP of International Marketing, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Managing Director, Southeast Asia & Korea. The VP appointment specifically also marks the company’s first manager in the Pan-Asian region. Prior to her promotion, Dewan served as The Orchard’s VP of Southeast Asia and South Korea. This role saw her lead and support the regional team, as well as provide release strategies and a pipeline to expand local artists’... Read More

November 22, 2021 – Music Biz Member Ingrooves Expands Operations Into India, Appoints Amit Sharma as Country Manager

Ingrooves is expanding into the Indian music market, signing global distribution deals for local artists Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh. To further the expansion, Ingrooves has named Amit Sharma as the company’s Country Manager of India. Sharma’s music industry experience includes serving as the AVP of Content Acquisitions at Gaana, India’s largest commercial music streaming service. “The independent music market in India is more vibrant and important than ever with an incredible amount of creativity and true artistry being developed here,” said Sharma.... Read More

November 19, 2021 – Music Biz Member Revelator Integrates Original Works With Flow Blockchain

Creator rights management company, Revelator has launched a new integration for Original Works, the company’s Web3 Protocol which converts & helps monetize music IP as a digital asset, into the Flow blockchain. Dapper Labs, who created the Flow blockchain as well as popular NFT brands NBA Top Shot and CryptoKitties, has also made an investment in Revelator as part of the partnership. “Original Works is not only the first music IP solution to be up and running and paying artists on the blockchain,... Read More

November 18, 2021 – Music Biz Member CD Baby Provides Video Editing Tools For Artists Through Rotor

Independent music distributor, CD Baby has partnered with video editing platform Rotor to provide artists tools to create visuals for Spotify’s Canvas feature. The video editor allows artists to upload their music videos and select an 8-second clip, which can be enhanced with filters, visual effects, and looping styles. Artists can then preview the loop as it would appear on Spotify. For artists without music videos, the platform’s video library includes real-life footage, animations, and visualizers at no extra cost.... Read More

November 18, 2021 – Music Biz Member Utopia Music Appoints Rachel Kelly as Vice President for Australia

Utopia Music has appointed Rachel Kelly as the company’s Vice President for Australia. The role sees her leading activities in the country as well as in New Zealand and other Australasian key territories, and reporting to COO Roberto Neri. Kelly holds 20 years of experience in music publishing, serving in executive roles at both major and independent publishers including Downtown, BMG Rights Management, J Albert & Son (Alberts) and Warner/Chappell. Prior to joining Utopia, she was invited as a founding board member for MODA DAO,... Read More

November 17, 2021 – Music Biz Member EMPIRE Pays $1 Million Artist Advance Entirely in Bitcoin

EMPIRE has made history as the first record label to pay an artist advance entirely in Bitcoin. The $1M transaction was paid via Cash App to Atlanta-based artist and cryptocurrency investor, Money Man, ahead of the release of his latest album, Blockchain. “From my perspective, it was about the efficiency, the speed, [and] the transparency,” said EMPIRE’s Founder & CEO, Ghazi while speaking on the use of Bitcoin in the music industry at the Bitcoin Conference this past June.... Read More

November 17, 2021 – ​​Music Biz Member Session Receives Grant From Spotify and YouTube To Help Empower Creators

Music collaboration tool, Session has announced that the company has received a £1 million grant funded by Spotify and YouTube, to support its mission of accurate crediting and royalty distribution for creators. The Session ecosystem exists across mobile, desktop and web apps which allow songwriters & collaborators to work together seamlessly, log who contributed what to each musical work, and distribute that information across the global music data pipeline. “Creators should be allowed to make music together without having to worry about the administration around metadata,” said Session founder,... Read More