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January 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member FUGA Strikes Partnership With Marathon Music Group

B2B distributor, FUGA has partnered with Marathon Music Group to provide its global digital and physical distribution services to the label’s diverse roster of talent.  As part of the deal, Marathon will also receive access to FUGA’s wider slate of marketing, enhanced trends,analytics, sync, brand partnerships, and YouTube services, as well as the distributor’s audience strategy offering.  “We are thrilled to welcome Marathon Artists to the Fuga fold,” said FUGA’s General Manager, UK, Liz Northeast. “Marathon’s dedication to championing diverse,... Read More

January 27, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sound Royalties’ Business Nearly Doubled In 2022

Based on Sound Royalties’ year-end results for 2022, the company reports that their volume of fundings to music creatives grew more than 90% last year. According to company Founder and CEO, Alex Heiche, “…for thousands of creatives, this means more resources to invest, launch projects, tour, build, or manage their financial lives under the best terms in the industry.” Sound Royalties tailors its funding models to creatives by letting them keep full ownership of their copyrights,while providing ongoing cash flow during the term of the advance. ... Read More

January 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Spotify Adds 10,000+ New Arabic Songs Following Licensing Deal With Rotana Music

Spotify has struck a licensing deal with Middle Eastern record label, Rotana Music. Per the agreement, more than 10,000 Arabic songs will be uploaded to the music streaming platform. The songs span from Rotana’s extensive catalog of artists including Amr Diab, Elissa, Mohamad Abdo, Abdulmajeed Abdullah, Tamer Hosny and Najwa Karam.  “I am incredibly proud to announce our partnership with Rotana which will allow us to expand our Arabic music library tremendously and give our users access to over 10,000 songs,” said Mark Abou Jaoude,... Read More

January 25, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Appoint Tim Matusch As EVP, Strategy & Operations

Robert Kyncl, the new CEO of Warner Music Group, has recruited his former YouTube colleague, Tim Matusch as WMG’s EVP of Strategy & Operations. In his newly created role, Kyncl states that Matusch will be working closely with him, “…the wider leadership team, and many of you, to help define, facilitate, and execute our 5-10 year vision.” Over the span of his career, Matusch held executive roles at companies such as YouTube, Boston Consulting Group and AOL.... Read More

January 24, 2023 – Music Biz Member Youtube Renews Livestream Deal With Coachella Through 2026

Video sharing platform, Youtube and AEG-owned promotor, Goldenvoice have renewed their longtime agreement to continue live streaming the Coachella festival through the year of 2026. Acts including Bad Bunny, Blackpink, and Frack Ocean will take the stage at this year’s Coachella, set to take place in-person and air live on Youtube April 14-16 and April 21-23. According to the two companies, fans will be able to enjoy, “…even more exclusive and enhanced access” to the festival moving forward.... Read More

January 24, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Nashville Names Cindy Mabe CEO & Chair

Universal Music Group Nashville has appointed Cindy Mabe as its next chair and CEO,upon the retirement of Mike Dungan. In 2012, Mabe joined UMGN as SVP of Marketing, a role which saw her lead marketing across Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Over the course of her career, she has helped guide and grow the careers of many Country artists including Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood.... Read More

January 23, 2023 – Music Biz Member Apple Releases Catalog of AI-Narrated Audiobooks

Apple has launched a catalog of AI-narrated audiobooks, carving out its place in the growing audiobook market. Users can find the new offerings by searching for “AI narration” on the company’s Books app, allowing them to listen to content that Apple describes as “…narrated by digital voice based on a human narrator.”Click here to read more from Digital Music News.... Read More

January 23, 2023 – Music Biz Member TikTok Strikes Licensing Deal With Rotana Music Group

Short form video platform, TikTok has signed a licensing deal with Saudi Arabia’s Rotana Music Group. Per the agreement, the platform now has access to Rotana’s Arab music catalog. As the largest record label and music repertoire holder in the Arab world, the company’s roster includes many prominent Arab artists such as Mohammed Abdu, Amr Diab, Adulmajeed Abdullah, Rabeh Saper and Rashed Al Majed.  “We at Rotana are very thrilled with this licensing agreement, which will facilitate Arab Music reach into the MENA music industry and young communities,” said Rotana Music Group CEO,... Read More

January 20, 2023 – Music Biz Member Amazon Music Releases 2023 Breakthrough UK: Artists to Watch List

Amazon Music has announced its “Breakthrough UK: Artists To Watch”” lineup for 2023. The curated list of up-and-coming UK-signed artists includes Anish Kumar, Caity Baser, Cassyette, Dylan, Flo, Flowerovlove, Henry Moodie, Jeshi Nemzzz, Nia Archives, Venbee and Wesley Joseph. Over the course of the year, Amazon will support each artist with playlist, editorial and social support by providing professional press images and placements across the company’s playlists & stations, as well as focus on new releases &... Read More

January 20, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sound Royalties’ Allison Portlock Joins Muscle Shoals Songwriters Foundation Board

Sound Royalties’ Director of Marketing, Allison Portlock, has been recruited to the Board of the Muscle Shoals Songwriter Foundation. In this new role, she will be responsible for advising the organization and its songwriter-focused festival in marketing, partnerships, attendee experience, and the curation & expansion of songwriter & performance lineups.  In her role at Sound Royalties, she has helped target and engage established music professionals by overseeing all components of the company’s integrated marketing activities. Portlock’s expertise spans several music business areas,... Read More