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October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member RCA Records Promotes Jamie Abzug to Senior Vice President & Head of Publicity

RCA Records has announced the appointment of Jamie Abzug to the roles of Senior Vice President & Head of Publicity. Abzug started her career with RCA in 2004 as an assistant in the company’s publicity department; most recently, she served as RCA’s VP of Publicity. Abzug has led publicity campaigns in television, print and web for artists including Khalid, Doja Cat, Christina Aguilera, Kesha, Becky G, Kygo, Bleachers, Wolf Alice and WALK THE MOON, among many more.... Read More

October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member Qobuz Acquires e-onkyo Music To Expand Into the Asian Music Market

Hi-res music streaming & download platform, Qobuz has acquired Japanese music download platform, e-onkyo music, as part of the company’s plan to expand into the Asian music market. Since the launch of Qobuz in several European countries as well as in Australia and New Zealand, the acquisition is a major step in Qobuz’s strategy for international expansion. “Thanks to the acquisition of e-onkyo music, Qobuz has taken a new step in its international development and is successfully pursuing its growth ambitions in the Asian market,” said Qobuz deputy CEO,... Read More

October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Creates Artist Assistance Program To Promote Wellness Among Signed Talent

Sony Music has launched the ‘Artist Assistance’ wellness program, an extension of the company’s Artist Forward initiative. Through the program, Sony’s artists can access free and confidential counseling services related to mental & emotional wellbeing and family & relationship matters. In addition, many artists signed in the U.S. are also eligible for qualifying health care and retirement services available through Sony Music’s affiliations with artist organizations. Sony Music has also appointed Susan Moultrie as SVP of Artist Initiatives and Business Administration,... Read More

October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member The Orchard Launches Ad Sales Division for Global Video Network

The Orchard has launched a new ad sales division, giving brands and advertisers access to the distributor’s extensive YouTube portfolio. Additionally, the company has recruited Eric Tjahyadi to lead the new department in the role of VP of Ad Sales. Tjahyadi will report to Mathew Reiffe, The Orchard’s SVP, Global Business & Partner Development. The ad sales division has already generated successful campaigns with brands including Toyota, Universal Pictures, Jack in the Box and Wells Fargo,... Read More

October 13, 2021 – Music Biz Member Capitol Music Group Names Mike Sherwood EVP of Global Commercial Marketing & Strategy

Capitol Music Group has tapped Mike Sherwood to join the company as its EVP of global Commercial Marketing and Strategy. In this new role, he will take the helm of CMG’s commercial and D2C marketing strategies, interact with the company’s digital & physical partners for new releases, and assist Universal Music Enterprises on catalog releases. Sherwood joins Capitol after a long stint with Warner Records, where as SVP of Streaming & Revenue he played a major role in breaking artists including Dua Lipa,... Read More

October 12, 2021 – Music Biz Members Warner Music Group and Twitch Enter “First of Its Kind” Content Partnership

Warner Music Group and livestreaming platform Twitch have entered a new partnership that will lead to the creation of artist-specific Twitch channels, as well as original, premium music content from WMG. Warner Records artists Bella Poarch and Saweetie, as well as Atlantic Records singer/producer Sueco, are included in the first round of creator-focused channels, which will house exclusive content and behind-the-scenes material. The creation of these channels opens up brand-new revenue streams for Warner and its artists,... Read More

October 7, 2021 – Music Biz Member Pex Partners With WIPO Center to Launch New Copyright Dispute Resolution Service

Digital rights technology company, Pex is launching a neutral, third-party copyright resolution service with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center. The impartial human review system is available within Pex’s Attribution Engine–a real-time marketplace that identifies, attributes, and licenses copyrighted content before it’s published. “Creating this innovative procedure for copyright disputes solves an incredibly technical and legal challenge that has long impacted creators, rightsholders, and platforms,” said Pex CEO and founder, Rasty Turek.... Read More

October 7, 2021 – Music Biz Member Vydia is Hiring — Label & Agency Partnership Manager

The Label & Agency Partnership Manager is a key role in Vydia’s B2B market initiative, and covers new business sales, installed client base sales, marketing, and channel distribution strategy. The position is responsible for driving the effort to promote Vydia as a PaaS provider and expanding the number of clients that use our white-labeled service. They must maintain an excellent communication framework across the Creator Relations team as well as the Product and Marketing departments. About Vydia:Vydia is an end-to-end music technology platform that provides labels with the infrastructure and tools to power their business.... Read More

October 6, 2021 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Partners With Marketing Platform, Community

Warner Music has partnered with text message marketing platform Community so that select artists can personally engage with fans via text message. Artists are assigned a 10-digit Community phone number and can share about upcoming releases, tickets to shows, merch, and more. Community’s average open rates for messages are upwards of 95% within the first three minutes of receiving a text with a 59% average click through rate. “Community’s model helps us cut through the noise and gives us an authentic,... Read More

October 4, 2021 – Music Biz Member Linkfire Launches New Email Capture Feature

Digital marketing platform, Linkfire has released a new email capture feature to improve email marketing campaigns for artists and creators. Linkfire users can now set up a one-click email signup option on their landing pages for fans to subscribe. The platform collects those submitted addresses so users can export them to third-party email services for future marketing messages. Click here to read the full blog post from Linkfire.... Read More