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September 14, 2023 – Music Biz Member Exceleration Music Acquires Redeye Worldwide
Independent music company, Exceleration Music has acquired global distribution and music services company, Redeye Worldwide, marking the company’s entry into the distribution space. Per the deal, Exceleration will establish a new distribution division which will operate under the Redeye name. The acquisition also includes Redeye’s in-house labels, Yep Roc and Sundazed in addition to its publishing company, Riff City Sounds. Redeye founders, Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen will continue to lead the company with its existing staff,... Read More
September 13, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Chappell Music Signs Publishing Deal With Rapper Kaliii
Warner Chappell Music has signed a global administration deal with American rapper, Kaliii. With over 130 million streams, Kaliii’s accolades include her single “Area Codes” hitting No. 1 on Mediabase’s Rhythmic Airplay chart, a MTV Video Music Awards Nomination for Best New Artist, and a feature on “Barbie Dreams” by Fifty Fifty as part of “Barbie: The Album.” “There’s a new generation of talented lyricists making waves in the industry right now, and Kaliii is a clear standout above the rest,” said Ryan Press,... Read More
September 12, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Strikes Distribution Deal With Chinese Superstar Lay Zhang
Warner Music China has struck a distribution deal with Chinese superstar, Lay Zhang. The new deal will cover the distribution of the EXO member’s next album. Zhang previously released prominent solo projects such as “Lit” and “Producer” via SM Entertainment. “We are delighted to work with Lay on this strategic partnership,” said Sherry Tan, Managing Director, Warner Music China. “Leveraging our extensive global network and expertise, we are committed to bringing his music to fans across the globe,... Read More
September 12, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Acquires Distribution Company, Chabaka
Universal Music Group has acquired the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)-based distribution business, Chabaka. The company provides digital distribution, marketing, publishing and label & artist services to more than 150 independent artists and regional labels across the MENA region.. Per the acquisition, the business will become part of UMG’s Virgin Music Group and work to support local Virgin and UMG teams in the MENA region. Chabaka CEO, Ala’a Makki will continue to lead the company,... Read More
September 11, 2023 – NEW MEMBER ROUNDUP: Summer 2023
The Music Biz member community is home to more than 400 global companies, all working to collaborate to support the financial growth of our industry at large and create a more equitable, inclusive place to work! See below for the latest companies to join our Association since the start of the summer: Backstage Musica LLCLocation: Houston, TXYears In Business: 5Website: www.backstagemusica.com Backstage Musica supports artists by offering them tools to distribute their music and reach more potential fans.... Read More
September 11, 2023 – Music Biz Member Exceleration Music Partners With Azadi Records
Exceleration Music has struck a new partnership with India-based label, Azadi Records, the company’s first such deal in Asia. Per the partnership, Exceleration will financially support the label’s growth across the region. Exceleration partner, Chales Caldas will oversee the strategy, performance and development of Azadi Records. “Our mission at Exceleration is to work with remarkable, culturally meaningful labels and entrepreneurs, and Azadi definitely fits that mold,” said Caldas. “Fearless, innovative, and socially aware, Azadi has the hallmarks of a great independent label,... Read More
September 11, 2023 – Music Biz Member BandLab Technologies Unveils New Comprehensive Rebrand
Singapore-based music tech company, BandLab Technologies has unveiled a comprehensive rebrand, as well as a new corporate website serving as a central hub for its portfolio of platforms including BandLab, Cakewalk, ReverbNation and Airbit. In a press release, the company stated that the branding is “…rooted in the flagship product BandLab, and reflects BandLab Technologies’ commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and the boundless potential of music.” “At BandLab Technologies we are on a mission to empower everyone to create music through transformative tools,” said Meng Ru Kuok,... Read More
September 8, 2023 – Music Biz Member SymphonyOS Raises $1M in Funding From Strategic Investors
AI-powered marketing platform, SymphonyOS has closedraised a $1 million pre-seed fundraising round with contributions from music and tech investors including Spice Capital, GoldHouse Ventures, LVRN Records and, Guin Records. The company also received investments from former Motown Records CEO, Ethiopia Habtemariam and a roster of artists including 21 Savage and 24kGoldn. “The next million creators deserve technology that helps them build on their own terms, with tools that actually empower them to own their data and grow their careers – from their first release to superstardom,” said SymphonyOS CEO,... Read More
September 7, 2023 – Music Biz Member Apple Partners With LinkFire For Podcast Data Analytics
Apple Podcasts has partnered with marketing platform, LinkFire to expand the platform’s analytics capabilities for podcasters with a new creator tool integration set to launch later this year. The new update will include a Subscription Analytics dashboard for creators to monitor their audience engagement, as well as detailed metrics on subscription-related activities including how many listeners initiated free trials, the percentage that converted to paid subscriptions, the types of subscription plans they have, and geographical distribution.... Read More
September 6, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music China Signs R&B Star Elva Hsiao
Warner Music China has signed a global publishing deal with China’s R&B star & pioneer, Elva Hsiao. Per the new deal, Warner Music China will work to strengthen Hsiao’s domestic fanbase, as well as expand the global reach of her music through the company’s international network. Hsiao is the first native Mandarin-speaking artist to release a R&B album into the Chinese market, leading her to become the region’s highest-selling artist with 16 record-breaking albums. “Elva Hsiao is a unique talent who has made a significant cultural impact.... Read More