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January 17, 2023 – Music Biz Members Vevo & TikTok To Launch Weekly ‘Trending on TikTok’ Show

Video streaming platforms, Vevo and TikTok have partnered to create & program a new weekly show called “Trending on TikTok.” The show will feature music videos of the top trending songs on TikTok, alongside clips of the creators using these songs in their content. According to Vevo, the show will be, “…a staple TV premiere,” on Vevo’s FAST channels that will consecutively air during peak viewing hours. “Trending on TikTok” will be available in the US,... Read More

January 13, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Partners with Todd Moscowitz to Launch New Artist and Label Services Company, Santa Anna

Sony Music has struck a partnership with Alamo Records’  Founder and CEO, Todd Moscowitz to launch a new artist and label services company called Santa Anna. According to Sony, the new company will, “…support entrepreneurs and assist artists in maximizing their creative potential and build their businesses.” The company will be based in New York and led by Lee L’Heureux in the role of President of Alamo Records. He will report directly to Moscowitz.  “I’ve always admired Todd’s approach to the music industry,... Read More

January 11, 2023 – Music Biz Member SoundCloud Names Platform’s 10 Rising Sub-Genres In 2022

Next-generation music company, SoundCloud has released a list highlighting top 10 music sub-genres during 2022. With over 320 million songs posted to the platform, the emergence of music movements on SoundCloud is common. According to the company’s data, UK Dance is one of the identified genres that accumulated a strong fan following in 2022. In the UK, Dance has surpassed Hip Hop as the most popular genre on the platform. Other sub-genres that grew in popularity last year include Afrobeats,... Read More

January 10, 2023 – Music Biz Member the Orchard Promotes Mary Ashley Johnson to EVP, Sales and Artist & Label Management (U.S./Canada); Names Katie Studley VP, Nashville

Music and entertainment company, The Orchard has promoted and hired two key executives to oversee strategy at their New York and Nashville offices. Mary Ashley Johnson has been elevated to the role of EVP, Sales and Artist & Label Management, U.S. and Canada; Katie Studley has been hired as the company’s VP, Nashville. In their new roles, they’ll be responsible for providing local distribution expertise, release strategy, and regional support to the company’s roster of artist and label clients as well as expanding their reach to global audiences.... Read More

January 9, 2023 – Music Biz Member LyricFind Promotes Roy Hennig as SVP of Sales; Nik Mcleod as VP of Publishing

Lyric licensing and data solutions company, LyricFind has promoted Roy Hennig as their new SVP of sales and Nik McLeod as VP of publishing. In 2009, Hennig joined the LyricFind team in a variety of sales roles. According to the company, Hennig’s leadership led the company to over 40% revenue growth in 2022 alone. As SVP of sales, he will continue to lead the sales team in LyricFind’s core markets in addition to emerging products such as Lyric Videos and LyricIQ. ... Read More

January 9, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Provides Counseling Support Across 12 Countries

Sony Music has recently updated its Artist Forward initiative to provide additional wellbeing measures to their artists. Under the heading ‘It’s okay not to be okay,’ artists have started to make use of a free, confidential counseling service that is available in 70 languages. As part of the Artists Assistance Programme, Sony’s artists have access to professional counseling services for addressing stress, anxiety, depression, grief, family, and relationship matters and more. So far, the initiative has helped more than 100 artists from across more than 12 different countries,... Read More

January 6, 2023 – Music Biz Member TuneCore Names Andile Mbete as Head of TuneCore, Southern Africa

Independent music distributor, TuneCore has appointed Andile Mbete to be their new Head of TuneCore, Southern Africa. He will manage and build the company’s artist roster in the region and support local artists through partnership opportunities and marketing initiatives. Prior to joining TuneCore, Mbete worked for Sony Music’s Columbia and Epic Records, where he oversaw a team responsible for the implementation of marketing and content strategies for both local and international artists. In his new role,... Read More

January 6, 2023 – Music Biz Member FUGA Strikes Deal With Polyvinyl Records

B2B distributor FUGA has announced a new partnership with indie label, Polyvinyl Records. Per the agreement, FUGA will allow the label  to utilize its distribution and marketing services. Polyvinyl will also gain access to a trends and analytics platform, DSP marketing, API access and account management across their releases. According to Matt Lunsford, President & Co-founder of Polyvinyl Record, the partnership with FUGA “…represents Polyvinyl’s continued commitment to our artist-first ethos”. “We are proud to provide our artists a fully independent path to digital distribution and marketing via our partnerships with FUGA and Merlin: both of whom share our passion for empowering independent music,” said Lunsford. ... Read More

January 4, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Strikes Partnership with Virtual Fashion Platform, DRESSX

Warner Music Group has announced its investment in digital fashion retailer, DRESSX. The partnership allows WMG to further venture into the Web3 space by enabling their artists to design and launch their own virtual fashion lines. The artist’s 3D and AR virtual clothing offerings can be collected by fans and used across Instagram, Snapchat and other partner platforms.  “As our digital identities become exponentially more robust and impactful, we are focused on building partnerships that will enable WMG and our artists,” said WMG’s Chief Digital Officer &... Read More

January 3, 2023 – Music Biz Member Republic Records Names Beau Benton as Senior Vice President, Media & Operations

Republic Records has promoted Beau Benton as their new SVP, Media & Operations. In his new role, Benton will oversee operations for Republic Records in Los Angeles along with Co-President, Wendy Goldstien, and serve as the liaison for internal LA team communication during large-scale events. He will also continue to handle media strategy and orchestrate promotional campaigns. An eight-year veteran of the label, Benton joined Republic Records in 2014 as VP of Media. Over the course of his career,... Read More