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September 12, 2022 – Music Biz Member Linkfire Launches New Bio Link Product
Smart-linking platform, Linkfire has launched its next-generation bio link, making it available now to all Linkfire users. The new link was designed to enhance how users market their music on their social channels, allowing artists to customize their landing page with various color schemes, images, and background effects. The link will guide fans to the artist’s page featuring their latest selected music videos, tour dates, social media profiles and beyond. The new tool also lets artists track their performances and insights in real-time.... Read More
September 12, 2022 – Music Biz Member The Mechanical Licensing Collective Launches New Student Ambassador Program
The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has launched a new Student Ambassador program, open to all students enrolled in college or university courses. Qualified students will be tasked with spreading the word about The MLC and the importance of registering their works to songwriters, composers and lyricists in their communities. In turn, participating students will receive hands-on experience working in the music industry ecosystem, as well as access to digital resources; virtual & in-person events and trainings;... Read More
September 8, 2022 – Music Biz Member FanLabel Officially Launches App, New “Song Signing” Feature
After a successful pre-launch during the summer, the fantasy-meets-music experience app from FanLabel has officially launched for Android and Apple devices. This new app allows users to “sign” a roster of hit songs, akin to a fantasy football team. Throughout each four-week season, users will need to use real-life strategies to manage, promote and sign new tracks to their roster and earn as many plays as possible, based on streaming metrics provided by Luminate. Users with the most streams will land at the top of leaderboards and be eligible for prizes like gift cards and VIP tickets.... Read More
September 8, 2022 – Music Biz Member Exactuals Announces Promotions For Bryan Walley, Mike Hurst And Lindsay Conlin
Global payment software provider, Exactuals has announced the promotions of Bryan Walley to CEO, Mike Hurst to Chairman and Lindsay Conlin to SVP of Revenue. Since joining the company in 2014, Walley has served as the company’s COO and President. In his new role as CEO, he will manage the daily aspects of the company in addition to overseeing PaymentHub, the global payment software platform, for the TV, music, and insurance industries. Hurst, a co-founder of Exactuals,... Read More
September 7, 2022 – Music Biz Member Apple Launches New App Platoon For Artists
Apple has launched a new app, Platoon for Artists, that allows artists to create, promote and manage stats for their song releases. The app was originally founded in 2016 by Denzyl Feigelson and Saul Klien and was acquired by Apple in 2018. The platform is invite-only for now, so only artists with a direct link can download the app. Click here to read more from Music Business Worldwide.... Read More
September 1, 2022 – Music Biz Member Shazam Surpasses 70 Billion Song Recognitions
Shazam has announced it surpassed 70 billion song recognitions earlier this month. This comes as its parent company, Apple has released timeline milestones in celebration of Shazam’s 20th anniversary. Key data points from the company reveal Drake as the most Shazamed artist of all time with more than 350 million Shazams, and “Butter” by BTS as the fastest song to reach 1 million Shazams. Click here to read more from Music Business Worldwide.... Read More
September 1, 2022 – Music Biz Member Republic Records Launches Kids & Family Division With Bree Bowles To Lead
Republic Records has launched its own Kids & Family division that will be led by the company’s VP of Marketing & Strategy, Bree Bowles. Prior to joining the company, Bowles was the previous Head of Marketing & Operations at Dayglo Presents, and has worked with national family brands such as Disney and Nickelodeon. “Our mission is simple: produce world-class music that can be enjoyed by both kids and their parents, creating invaluable moments to connect in what is a distracted world,” said Bowles.... Read More
September 1, 2022 – Music Biz Member Disney Music Group Is Hiring — Director of Business Affairs & Legal Counsel
Disney Music Group (DMG) is part of The Walt Disney Company’s Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) segment. DMG is the music hub for TWDC, encompassing all aspects of music commercialization and marketing: recorded music (Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records), Disney Music Publishing, and Disney Concerts. DMG distributes music both physically and digitally, and also licenses music throughout the world in various forms of media including television, print, gaming, and consumer products. The Director, Business Affairs and Legal Counsel,... Read More
August 31, 2022 – Music Biz Member Warner Records Promotes Sean Stevens To VP, A&R And Head Of Research & Analytics
Warner Records has named Sean Stevens as the company’s new VP, A&R and Head of Research & Analytics. Since joining the company in 2018, Stevens has added multiple talented artists to the company’s roster, including Teddy Swims, Ricky Montgomery and Ezekiel. He will report directly to label Co-Chairman and CEO, Aaron Bay-Schuck. “The last four years have been the most rewarding of my career, and I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together for our artists,” said Stevens.... Read More
August 31, 2022 – Music Biz Member YouTube Launches Dedicated Podcast Page
YouTube has been testing a new page dedicated to podcasts. The launch is currently available to users located in the U.S., and includes channels such as The H3 Podcast, The 85 South Comedy Show and TigerBelly. The new page has been slowly rolling out to users, and is accessible via “Explore” in the Youtube app and by browser, or via youtube.com/podcasts. Click here to read more from The Verge.... Read More