Member Updates

Music Biz broadcasts the latest announcements from around our community on our social feeds as our member companies continue to push the industry forward. If you are launching a new product, have been featured in an industry trade publication, or have a major announcement coming soon, we’d love to help spread the word — share it with Henryk Bik, Music Biz’s Communications & Content Manager, at henryk.bik@musicbiz.org.

NEW FOR 2024 Music Biz’s member news will be shared exclusively on our social channels, as the Member Updates section of our website is set to go offline later this year.

November 27, 2023 – Music Biz Member Apple Music For Artists Updates Platform To Showcase Real-Time Listening Information

Apple Music for Artists has unveiled a new real-time listening feature, designed to showcase live data on how an artist’s music is performing on Apple Music. By using the feature’s “Listening Now” widget, artists can access a detailed overview of trends from the past 48 hours, in addition to their maximum listeners, average listeners and top performing songs. The new feature also includes key metrics on total plays, average daily listeners, song purchases, Shazams and location of fans streaming an artist’s music.... Read More

November 27, 2023 – Music Biz Member Syntax Creative Promotes Brandon Musser To COO

Syntax Creative has promoted Brandon Musser to the company’s new role of COO. In his new role, Musser will manage daily business operations while supporting department heads.  “Brandon is a key part of our past,” said Syntax Creative CEO, Timothy Trudeau. “Now he will be a key part of our future. Knowing that someone is at the helm of our daily operations who is as loyal, trustworthy, and experienced as Brandon will free me up to focus on growth like never before.... Read More

November 22, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Joins Deezer’s Artist-Centric Royalties System In France

Warner Music Group has partnered with music streaming service, Deezer to endorse the company’s artist-centric royalty system in France. Deezer’s royalty payment model will focus on a reward system for “Professional” artists, those with at least 1,000 monthly streams & 500 unique listeners, and “Engaging” artists, whose music is actively searched for and played by fans.  “As we’ve consistently said, we’re committed to working with the streaming platforms to evolve business models to better reflect the value and fan engagement driven by artists,... Read More

November 21, 2023 – CD Baby Launches CDB Boost To Help Independent Songwriters Get Paid

Independent music distributor, CD Baby has debuted CDB Boost, a program dedicated to helping independent songwriters acquire royalty collections and gain access to sync opportunities. The new initiative includes mechanical royalty collection via the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), non-interactive digital performance royalty collections from services like Pandora Radio, and inclusion in CD Baby’s sync licensing program. For a one-time fee of $39.99 per single or album, CD Baby will register users’ musical works with The MLC &... Read More

November 21, 2023 – Music Biz Member Orfium Strikes Deal With Bandai Namco Music Live To Expand Presence In Japan

Music rights and metadata management software platform, Orfium has struck an anime music deal with Bandai Namco Music Live to further expand its presence in the Japanese music market. Per the partnership, Orfium will use its AI-powered software to manage, optimize and monetize Bandai’s repertoire.  “Orfium’s partnership with Bandai Namco Music Live cements our position as the frontrunner for UCG monetization in the Japanese market,” said Orfium CEO Rob Wells. “With our move into the rich cultural heritage of anime music,... Read More

November 20, 2023 – Music Biz Member SiriusXM Unveils Rebrand, New App & New Initiatives

American broadcasting corporation, SiriusXM has unveiled a new look version of its app, along with a rebrand and new programming initiatives including channels run by John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and others. The updated app, set to launch on December 14th, will include increased customization, a new playback experience, an audio library, a new home for podcast content and improvements in search & discovery capabilities. SiriusXM will also roll out new channels from Shaggy, Smokey Robinson, Dolly Parton,... Read More

November 20, 2023 – Music Biz Member TikTok Partners With DistroKid To Upload Indie Artists To TikTok Music & CapCut

Short-form video streaming platform, TikTok has struck a global partnership with digital music distribution service, DistroKid to upload music it distributes for use across TikTok Music, CapCut and TikTok’s Commercial Music Library. The deal will enable new opportunities for independent artists to promote their music, build an audience, generate revenue and make their music accessible to the platform’s millions of creators & consumers.  “Independent music from around the world fuels creativity on TikTok in such a powerful way,” said Tracy Gardner,... Read More

November 17, 2023 – Music Biz Member Vevo Releases “DSCVR Artists to Watch” List For 2024

Music video network, Vevo has released the full list of 19 global artists for the 2024 edition of its “DSCVR Artists to Watch” campaign. All selected artists will benefit from showcasing two live performances, as well as being marketed & featured in music video programming via playlist and editorial features across the Vevo network, YouTube and TV platforms.  “For the past decade, we’ve had the privilege of watching the alumni of this program go from talented emerging artists to global superstars,” said JP Evangelista,... Read More

November 16, 2023 – Music Biz Member Kobalt Appoints Dylan Berthier To Chief People & Culture Officer 

Independent rights management company, Kobalt has recruited Dylan Berthier as the company’s Chief People & Culture Officer. In his new role, Berthier will oversee Kobalt’s global P&C team. Prior to joining Kobalt, he served in various leadership roles at Activision Blizzard. Berthier will be based in London and will report to Laurent Hubert.  “Dylan has over 20 years of experience leading HR teams of all shapes and sizes through times of change and expansion, facilitating innovation and ensuring organizations have a culture of excellence and ways of working to enable these transformations,” said Hubert.... Read More

November 15, 2023 – Music Biz Member Empire Promotes Elliott Peters To General Counsel

Independent music company, EMPIRE has promoted Elliot Peters to General Counsel. In this new role, he’ll spearhead the company’s legal & business affairs on a global scale, as well as oversee negotiations with music streaming services & retailers. Prior to his promotion, Peters served as EMPIRE’s SVP of Global Business.  “I am thrilled to continue my journey with EMPIRE working across departments and alongside my incredibly talented colleagues as we continue the great work Ghazi started back in 2010,” said Peters.... Read More