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December 2, 2022 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Japan Appoints Kazuhiro Shimada as Chief Operating Office

Warner Music Japan has appointed Kazuhiro Shimada to the role of Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s daily business operations, including leading key initiatives and implementing organizational-wide strategies and policies. Shimada previously served as the Director and General Manager of Amazon Music Japan. According to Warner, he was, “…instrumental in devising high-impact initiatives that drove the company’s creative and financial growth.” He also worked for companies such as Universal Music Japan,... Read More

December 2, 2022 – Music Biz Member Rimas Publishing Celebrates 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Winners

Music publisher, Rimas Publishing brought home six awards during the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards winners, thanks to tracks and albums from its roster of artists and producers including Bad Bunny, Caleb Calloway, Cheo Legendary, and The Best Soundz.   The 2022 Latin GRAMMY Awards took place on Thursday, November 17th at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The 2022 award winners from Rimas Publishing’s roster are:  Best Pop Vocal Album: Caleb Calloway & The Best Soundz,... Read More

December 1, 2022 – Music Biz Member FUGA Partners With Electronic Label Group Insomniac Music Group 

Amsterdam based B2B distributor FUGA has struck a new deal with US Electronic label group, Insomniac Music Group. Per the agreement, FUGA will provide distribution, marketing and label services to the company’s priority labels such as Insomniac Records HARD Recs, Bassrush Records, Factory 93 Records, and artist-driven imprints like Shiba San’s Basement Leak. Insomniac Music Group and its brands will gain access to over 260 DSPs worldwide, and will also have access to FUGA’s sync and audience engagement services in addition to its extensive trends and analytics platform. ... Read More

December 1, 2022 – Music Biz Member Meta Announces Notorious B.I.G. VR Concert Featuring the Rapper’s ‘Hyper-Realistic Avatar

Meta and the estate for Rap icon, the Notorious B.I.G. have announced “The Notorious B.I.G. Sky’s The Limit: A VR Concert Experience,” a virtual concert experience featuring Biggie Smalls’, “…hyper-realistic avatar.” Named In celebration of what would have been the artist’s 50th birthday, the hour-long event will take place in the “Meta Horizon Worlds,” which will showcase “…a virtual recreation of ‘90s Brooklyn called The Brook.” According to Meta, concert attendees will “…follow a day in Biggie’s life through a narrative journey” along with live performances of classic Biggie tracks.... Read More

November 30, 2022 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Africa Join Audiomack and Afrochella To Support Rising Star Challenge For Emerging African Artists

Sony Music Africa has partnered with Culture Management Group, the parent company of Afrochella and media streaming service, Audiomack, to expand the Rising Star Challenge competition to unsigned and emerging artists in Africa. The grand prize winner of the Rising Star Challenge will win an exclusive recording agreement with Sony Music Africa for a single release, global distribution for their new single, marketing support, a music video, free access to Afrochella’s recording studio, mentoring and training from industry experts,... Read More

November 29, 2022 – Music Biz Member TikTok Hosts #AltMusic LIVE Livestream With Wet Leg

On November 24th, TikTok premiered its first ever #Altmusic LIVE concert livestream with Indie Rock group, Wet Leg on the group’s official TikTok channel. After tickets for Wet Leg’s O2 Kentish Town show sold out within seconds, the TikTok livestream provided fans who couldn’t get a ticket the opportunity to watch the band perform. Alternative music on TikTok has been steadily growing in popularity; since the platform has relaunched its #Altmusic hashtag in October 2022, it has accrued an estimate of 1.2 billion views.... Read More

November 28, 2022 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Appoints Bob Workman As SVP, International Brand Partnerships & General Manager, WMX UK

Warner Music Group has appointed Bob Workman to the dual role of SVP, International Brand Partnerships, WMG and General Manager, WMX UK. In his new role, he will play a key role in WMG’s Global Brand Partnerships Council alongside Camille Hackney, Chief Partnerships Officer and Head of Global Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records US and Claudia Butsky, EVP, Brand Partnerships and Sync at Warner Records US. Workman will also retain his position on the Warner Music UK Senior Management Team,... Read More

November 23, 2022 – Music Biz Member YouTube Releases #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2023 Candidates

YouTube Music has released its annual list of artists, producers, and songwriters who have been chosen for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2023. The program will equip rising Black artists and songwriters with resources that will help them succeed on the platform. With more than 300 grantees since its launch in 2021, The Music Class of 2023 has recruited artists such as Carla Marie, Honey Dijon, Jin JIn, Julys, Kali Claire, Unknown T, and the Nova Twins.... Read More

November 18, 2022 – Music Biz Member Vevo Releases Six New Channels On Hulu Live TV

Music video platform, Vevo has announced the December launch of six new channels on U.S. streaming subscription  network Hulu’s live TV service: Vevo Pop, Vevo Hip Hop, Vevo Country, Vevo ‘80s, Vevo ‘90s, and Vevo Holiday. According to Vevo’s President of Sales and Distribution, Kevin McGurn, the partnership with Hulu “… continues to put music videos back in the living room.” The new channels will be included in a total of 14 new offerings for the 4.4 million subscribers to Hulu’s Live TV service. ... Read More

November 18, 2022 – Music Biz Member Syntax Creative Strikes Partnership with LoweKey Entertainment

Syntax Creative has announced its recent partnership with LoweKey Entertainment, the label home of famed Gospel singer, Debbie Winans. The partnership comes in time for Winans’ new holiday single “Hustle & Bustle,” set for release on November 18th. Winans’ career has spanned many illustrious moments, including for Whitney Houston on the Body Guard Tour and performing as a background vocalist for her siblings, Bebe & Cece Winans.  Click here to read more on the partnership from Syntax’s blog. ... Read More