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October 18, 2023 – Music Biz Member BandLab Technologies Appoints Drew Silverstein, Kevin Breuner & Jessica Strassman To Key Leadership Roles

Singapore-based music tech company, BandLab Technologies has appointed Kevin Breuner, Jessica Strassman and Drew Silverstein to senior leadership roles at the company. Former CD Baby executive, Kevin Breuner will serve as the Head of Artist Development & Education. In this new role, he will develop and oversee strategies to support artist growth while helping the next generation of artists navigate the complexities of the industry.  Breuner will work closely with the newly appointed Head of Industry Relations &... Read More

October 17, 2023 – Music Biz Member RIAA Adds Voice Cloning Category To Notorious Markets Report

The RIAA will be adding a Voice Cloning watch to its Notorious Markets reports. As generative AI tech gains more widespread use, the RIAA’s reports will include insight on the latest unauthorized AI vocal clone services., a subscription-based service authorizing users the ability to replicate public figures and artists through AI technology, is the first platform to attract the attention of the RIAA.  “An explosion of unauthorized derivative works of our members’ sound recordings harm sound recording artists and copyright owners,” the RIAA says.... Read More

October 17, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Names Carletta Higginson EVP, Chief Digital Officer 

Warner Music Group has recruited Carletta Higginson as the label’s newest EVP, Chief Digital Officer. In her new role, she will oversee WMG’s global digital partnerships while exploring commercial innovation and developing new digital partnerships. Prior to joining Warner Music, Higginson served in business development and legal roles  for over a decade at Google. She will report directly to WMG CEO, Robert Kyncl.  “It’s rare to find someone of Carletta’s multifaceted expertise – who understands the full scope of the music publishing and recorded music businesses as well as the dynamics of streaming,... Read More

October 16, 2023 – Music Biz Member Downtown Signs Global Deal With Outer Voice Music Publishing

Independent music services company, Downtown Music Publishing has struck a global music publishing agreement with Outer Voice Music Publishing to drive exposure and promotion for South Asian songwriters. Per the deal, both companies will oversee global administration, secure sync placements and create original composition opportunities for a roster of songwriters in the South Asian region. The partnership also covers the global administration of Outer Voice’s Founder’s JAM & Philly’s singles, ”Photographs” and “Blind,”  under the Outer Voice label with songwriter credits inked within the two-year term. ... Read More

October 16, 2023 – Music Biz Member Exceleration Music Strikes Partnership with New Label Down The Road 

Global independent music company, Exceleration Music has struck a strategic partnership with Down The Road, a new label venture from the founders of Rounder Records. Per the partnership, label founders Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy, Bill Nowlin and longstanding President/CEO John Virant will extend their expertise to Exceleration Music’s partners and leadership team. The new label will focus on the historic depth and breadth of Americana, including releases from Tony Trischk, Blue Highway, and Dervish. Down The Road will also reissue 14 catalog titles produced by the Rounder co-founders from recent years. ... Read More

October 13, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Finland Acquires The Fried Music, Recruits Jukka Immonen

Warner Music Finland has acquired The Fried Music, a recorded music business founded by the company’s newly appointed Head of A&R, Jukka Immonen. In his new role, Immonen will sign and nurture the next generation of Finnish artists for the label, in addition to helping The Fried Music’s roster of artists including Anna Puu, Knipi and Viivi connect to a wider international audience via Warner’s global reach. “Jukka is the best choice to lead Warner Music Finland’s A&R team into the future,” said Niko Nordström,... Read More

October 13, 2023 – Music Biz Member YouTube Music Adds Podcasts For UK Subscribers

Music streaming platform, YouTube Music has launched a podcasts destination page on its platform, available now in the UK. The platform will include dedicated podcast discovery pages, search & filter capabilities, and the option to create a library of episodes. Users will be able to watch and listen to podcasts with the ability to background listen, all without a paid membership. “We’re thrilled to be launching podcasts in the UK on YouTube Music,” said Alison Lomax,... Read More

October 12, 2023 – Music Biz Member Amazon Announces Return Of Amazon Music Live Series

Amazon Prime Video has announced the return of its Amazon Music Live, a weekly concert series hosted by GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, 2 Chainz. During the month of October, artists including Metro Broomin, Peso Pluma, Latto and Lil Durk will perform live from Los Angeles every Thursday night at 9 PM PDT. The new season will also feature live American Sign Language performance interpretations by Deaf and hard-of-hearing interpreters. This feature will be available during the broadcast and on-demand for all upcoming Amazon Music Live Broadcasts on Prime Video. ... Read More

October 12, 2023 – Music Biz Member Primary Wave Strikes Partnership With The Estate Of Issac Hayes

Independent music publisher, Primary Wave has partnered with the estate of singer-songwriter and composer, Isaac Hayes to oversee various publishing interests for the estate. Per the partnership, the publisher will be granted the opportunity to market Isaac Hayes’ name, image and likeness. Issac Hayes’ estate will also gain access to Primary Waves’ marketing and publishing infrastructure including digital strategy, licensing, sync opportunities, and film & TV production. “We thank the Hayes family for entrusting us as a partner to continue the great work they have done to uplift the legacy and artistry of Isaac Hayes,” said Ramon Villa,... Read More

October 11, 2023 – Music Biz Member Spotify Adds 150,000 Audiobooks To Premium Account Offerings

Music streaming platform, Spotify has expanded its Premium subscription service to give subscribers  access to 150,000 audiobooks at no additional cost. The service’s new addition is currently available in the UK and Australia, with plans to launch in the US later this year.  “We believe that offering personalized music, podcasts, and audiobooks on a single platform gives you a superior way to connect with your favorite artists, podcasters, creators, and authors — all in one spot,” said Spotify.... Read More