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September 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Downtown Music Holdings Appoints Pieter van Rijn As Board Member

Downtown Music Holdings has appointed Pieter van Rijn, President of the business and professional services division, to the group’s board of directors. Rijn joins Downtown’s existing board which includes independent directors Alison Moore and Kelli Turner. “Pieter is an exceptional executive who has played a key role in transforming Downtown Music into the market leader for business and professional services,” said Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown’s Founder and Executive Chairman. “We are looking forward to welcoming Pieter to the board as we continue to chart the future of the company.”  Click here to read more from Music Week.... Read More

September 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Cosynd Partners With Too Lost To Enhance IP Protection Offerings

Copyright management service, Cosynd has partnered with music distribution & publishing firm, Too Lost to offer its Copyright Registration API protection service to the firm’s global community of over 250,000 independent artists & labels. Per the partnership, subscribers of the Too Lost platform will be able to seamlessly safeguard their compositions, lyrics and sound recordings with the U.S. Copyright Office, in addition to uploading their work for distribution. Users can manage the entire process on Too Lost’s platform. ... Read More

September 25, 2023 – Music Biz Member Concord Acquires MOJO Music & Media’s Song Catalog

Independent music company, Concord has acquired the publishing catalog of over 30,000 works from Mojo Music & Media. The label’s portfolio of catalogs includes Horipro Entertainment, Emerald Forest, Rick Nielson, Warren Cuccurullo, Bob Morrison, Sharon Vaughn, Larry Gatlin, D.L. Byron, Jeffrey Cohen, Earth Wind & Fire’s Al Mckay, Jordan Reynolds and more.  “With Mojo, Mark, Pete, and Alan have assembled a stellar collection of incredible hits spanning genres, eras, and territories,” said Steve Salm, Concord’s Chief Business Development Officer.... Read More

September 25, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Appoints Bryan Castellani As Next CFO

Warner Music Group has recruited Bryan Castellani as the label’s next EVP and CFO, effective October 16th. Prior to joining WMG, Castellani served nearly 30 years in executive roles at The Walt Disney Company. In his new role, he will succeed longtime CFO Eric Levin and will report directly to Warner Music’s CEO, Robert Kyncl.  “Bryan has wide-ranging experience helping one of the world’s most impactful creative enterprises build long-term value and unlock new global possibilities,” said Kyncl.... Read More

September 22, 2023 – Music Biz Member Moises Appoints Seth Goldstein To Manage AI Legal Complexities

AI-powered music platform, Moises has appointed music business attorney, Seth Goldstein to serve as in-house legal counsel managing all legal complexities of emerging AI business opportunities. Prior to his new role, Goldstein held executive positions at MediaNet, Dataclef, Audible Magic and Utopia Music.  “Moises is serious about approaching AI the right way and that’s why we’ve hired Seth,” said Geraldo Ramos,Co-founder and CEO of Moises. “With his extensive work in the music industry, his expertise is exactly what we need to offer the best support to the music industry and all of its stakeholders.” Click here to read more from Creative Industries News.... Read More

September 21, 2023 – Music Biz Member Orfium Signs YouTube Management Deal With Japanese Entertainment Company Avex

Music tech company, Orfium has struck a YouTube management deal with Japanese entertainment powerhouse, Avex Inc. Per the partnership, Orfium will offer its AI-powered matching technology to ensure Avex’s repertoire of rightsholders, artists, writers and composers are maximizing the monetization of their music on YouTube.  “We’re on a mission to bridge the value gap that exists across UGC platforms for creators and rightsholders in Japan,” said Alan Swarts, CEO, Orfium Japan. “Orfium’s AI-based technology, combined with our deep local industry knowledge,... Read More

September 20, 2023 – Music Biz Member TikTok & Billboard Partner To Launch TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart

Short-form video streaming platform, TikTok and music & entertainment magazine, Billboard have partnered to debut the TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart, a new weekly chart highlighting the most popular songs on the platform in the U.S. The chart’s stats will be based on a combination of creations, video views, and user engagement by the U.S. TikTok community. TikTok users can access the chart via the TikTok app and on, updated weekly each Thursday.  “We are thrilled to partner on the first Billboard chart on TikTok,” said Mike Van,... Read More

September 20, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Launches Desi Trill Label With Ty-Ty Smith & Shabz Naqvi

Universal Music Group has launched Desi Trill Music, a new label venture which will be led by Ty-Ty Smith and Shabz Naqvi. The label will be dedicated to the emerging genre of Desi Trill, which combines the musical style of South Asian artists with modern genres. Desi Trill’s first releases will be available in October. “As the home for artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship in music, we’re so pleased that Ty-Ty and Shabz have chosen UMG as the global partner for Desi Trill,” said UMG chairman &... Read More

September 19, 2023 – Music Biz Member Spotify Launches AI-Powered ‘Daylist’ Playlist

Music streaming platform, Spotify has debuted Daylist, an AI-powered playlist which updates multiple times a day based upon users’ listening habits. The “hyper personalized” playlist refreshes hourly with a new title to complement each iteration. Users can manually save their favorite Daylist iterations before the playlist expires.  Spotify has also made three Daylist sharecard options for users to share on social media, including a screenshot of the individualized playlist, a social media sticker that captures the vibe of the song collection,... Read More

September 19, 2023 – Music Biz Member BMG Signs Global Publishing Deal With Jennifer Lopez

International music company, BMG has signed a global recording and publishing partnership with Jennifer Lopez to release her upcoming ninth album.  Per the deal, Nuyorican/BMG will release “This Is Me…Now,”  Lopez’s first album in nine years and the sequel to her 2002 album, “This Is Me…Then.”  “Jennifer Lopez is a global superstar artist, entertainer… a phenomenon,” said Thomas Coesfeld, BMG CEO. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her and her team to release her first album in nearly a decade.”  Click here to read more from Music Week.... Read More