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18 Jan 2021 | Press release

FEAT Publishes Guide To Prevent Ticket Touting Across Europe

Download the guide for freeThe Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) — the organisation helping rebuild the secondary ticketing market across Europe — has today published a guide for agents and promoters to stop scalping. Launched by Eurosonic's Friday keynoter, MCT-Agentur's...more

18 Jan 2021 | Press release

Warner Music strikes exclusive deal with Sky Digital India

ADA and Warner Music India Will Distribute Top Punjabi Acts Signed To Fast-Growing Label  Warner Music India has struck an exclusive distribution agreement with Sky Digital India, the country’s fastest-growing Punjabi music content consortium and aggregator.  Distribution of Sky Digital’s repertoire...more

17 Jan 2021 | Press release

Online Edition ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) Exceeds Ambitious Expectations

Digital showcase festival and conference platform focusing on European Music attracted an audience worldwide The first online edition of ESNS has exceeded all expectations; both the festival and conference platform have been visited en masse by music lovers and professionals worldwide...more

16 Jan 2021 | Press release

Winners of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2021

Alyona Alyona (ua), Inhaler (ie), Julia Bardo (it), Lous and the Yakuza (be), Melenas (es), Rimon (nl), Sassy 009 (no), Vildá (fi) are the winners of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2021. The Public Choice Award 2021 went to...more

15 Jan 2021 | Press release

Shazam predictions for 2021

Shazam is unveiling its 2021 predictions through a new playlist of 50 songs from up-and-coming artists who are poised to make a splash. The Shazam Predictions 2021 playlist is exclusively available on Apple Music worldwide at apple.co/ShazamPredictions2021 - More than 200 million...more

15 Jan 2021 | Press release

Flo Milli is Spotify's latest Global Radar artist

Spotify’s global emerging artist development program, RADAR, has announced its latest artist partnership for the US: the Alabama-born, Atlanta-based, fast-ascending rapper Flo Milli.   Her 2020 breakout mixtape, Ho, why is you here?, which has been streamed over 192 Million times on Spotify,...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Patreon connects with UK music managers through new Associate Partnership with the MMF

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is delighted to announce an all-new Associate partnership with global membership platform Patreon.The partnership will enable the MMF’s community of more than 1,000 UK-based managers to join exclusive events and training with Patreon’s UK team,...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

The largest network of featured artists in Europe is expanding:

Join the Featured Artists Coalition to enjoy new membership benefits and help us amplify the artists' voice  The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the UK artist trade body and not-for-profit organisation, serving a diverse, global membership of creators at all stages of...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Evidence session: Economics of music streaming

Tuesday 19 January, 10.00 Watch LIVE on parliamentlive.t   MPs call in top record labels Sony, Warner and Universal in music streaming inquiry Senior executives from Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music will face questions from the DCMS Committee in the third session of its inquiry...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

BMG acquires Mick Fleetwood recorded catalogue interests

BMG is proud to announce it has acquired outright Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood’s interests in the band’s recordings.The deal gives BMG Fleetwood’s royalty interest in over 300 recordings including all of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits including ‘Dreams’, ‘The Chain’,...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Musicians' Union General Secretary demands support from the Prime Minister for British musicians planning to tour the EU

The General Secretary of the Musicians' Union (MU), Horace Trubridge, has today written to the Prime Minister highlighting the barriers facing British musicians seeking to tour the EU in the post-lockdown era.  The letter highlights the bureaucracy and costs that will...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Dead Can Dance members sign to UK Label Atlantic Curve

- LISA GERRARD & JULES MAXWELL – from legendary band Dead Can Dance- New signing to Atlantic Curve label- 'Burn' album to be released May 7th, 2021 – produced by James Chapman (MAPS) Atlantic Curve, the London-based label which is...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

IMPALA appoints Vick Bain and Arit Eminue to provide diversity and inclusion training for members

IMPALA has initiated a new three-year collaboration with Vick Bain from vbain consulting and Arit Eminue of DiVA Apprenticeships to provide diversity and inclusion training to members. Promoting a diverse and inclusive European independent music sector is a key priority for IMPALA’s task force which has been...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Hipgnosis acquires Shakira catalogue comprising 145 songs.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the first UK listed investment company offering investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated intellectual property rights, and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Round Hill Music announces publishing acquisition with Billy Duffy

The Cult Songwriter & Guitarist Agrees To Back Catalogue DealRound Hill Music has announced the acquisition of the classic back catalogue of Billy Duffy, songwriter and guitarist with acclaimed UK rock greats The Cult. The Cult gained a dedicated following in...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

FIFA introduces innovative music strategy

FIFA introduces innovative music strategy including new podcast series featuring Liam Payne and world's leading football players and musicians    FIFA launches FIFA Sound, a strategy to connect with audiences worldwide through shared passions of football and music First season of FIFA PlayOn...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Sony/ATV signs Jamie Cullum to worldwide deal

  Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK announced it has signed award-winning singer, songwriter, jazz musician, and radio broadcaster Jamie Cullum to a global publishing agreement.Jamie Cullum is one of the UK’s top jazz artists/songwriters, known for crafting hit songs across genres...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

AIM Sync Award nominee shortlists announced

Nominees revealed for both ‘Music Supervisor of the Year’ and ‘Independent Sync of the Year’The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the nominee shortlists for the AIM Sync Awards, celebrating the ever-increasing use of independent music in the sync...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Universal Music Publishing Group signs Louis Bell to exclusive, global administration agreement

UMPG acquires hit songwriter-producer’s catalogUniversal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that six-time Grammy Award-nominated songwriter and producer Louis Bell has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing deal. He is a three-time consecutive nominee...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

The FAC announces the first round of Artist Ambassadors in 2021 including Anna Calvi, Adam Devonshire of Idles, Kano & The Fall’s Brix Smith

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the UK artist trade body, is delighted to announce fourteen new Artist Ambassadors from a diverse range of backgrounds, helping to grow the organisation’s community and amplify it’s message of fair representation for artists.We are...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

AIM Calls for Joint Action Between UK and EU on Travel Agreements Post-Brexit

As the realities of restriction of movement for musicians and crews between the UK and the EU start to become apparent, there have been accusations from both sides that negotiators rejected reasonable arrangements to facilitate touring.  As a result, both...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

Mercury Studios announce If These Walls Could Sing - the first feature length documentary on the world-famous Abbey Road Studios directed by Mary McCartney

If These Walls Could Sing is produced by multi award-winner John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars) as Mercury inks new development deal with Battsek’s Ventureland The documentary will form the centrepiece...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

ADA Benelux strikes deal with Disruptive Records

  ADA, Warner Music’s independent artist and label services division, has struck a distribution deal with Disruptive Records, an independent label that specialises in music tailored to specific moods from chill house to lofi hip-hop and which is also home to...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

Veteran agent Ryan Farlow joins Arrival Artists

Arrival Artists Expands Its Roster with the Addition of Agent Ryan Farlow   Recently formed talent agency Arrival Artists announces the addition of veteran agent Ryan Farlow to its fold, with clients including Andy Shauf, Connan Mockasin, Charlie Cunningham, Enter Shikari, Georgia,...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Amy Wheatley and Negla Abdela promoted at Ministry Of Sound

Amy Wheatley named Managing Director, Negla Abdela becomes General Manager   Sony Music UK announce that Amy Wheatley has been promoted to Managing Director and Negla Abdela has been promoted to General Manager at Ministry of Sound. Both executives will report to...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Kwame Safo joins PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager for the organisation's industry funds

  Kwame will oversee the management of flagship funds including PPL Momentum Music Fund, International Showcase Fund and Hitmaker   PRS Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announces today the appointment of Kwame Safo as Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Round Hill Music announces acquisition of Jim Vallance catalogue

Round Hill Music has announced the acquisition of the back catalog of Canadian songwriter Jim Vallance. Born in British Columbia in 1952 Jim Vallance is perhaps best known as the songwriting partner of fellow Canadian musician Bryan Adams with whom he wrote...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Groundbreaking Artist Songwriting Camp Announced

Distiller Records and Ostereo Team Up with Six Featured Artists for Week-Long Virtual Writing Session Reverend & The Makers, Sophie & The Giants and Fanny Andersen Among Artists Participating Alongside Producers & Topline Specialists Given the restrictions and social distancing measures...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

2020 Canada year-end report highlights

Link to MRC Data Report HERE    THE YEAR IN GLOBAL On Sept. 14, Billboard and MRC Data unveiled the first two authoritative rankings of the top songs globally: the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excluding U.S. charts. “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion led the inaugural...more

10 Jan 2021 | Press release

Musicians' Union expresses anger at leaked news that Government rejected EU offer of visa-free travel for touring musicians

The Musicians' Union (MU) has reacted with alarm to the news that the UK Government rejected an EU offer of visa-free touring by British musicians. Having been reassured by Ministers for many months that the creative arts, and the music industry...more

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15 Jan 2021

  • BMG acquires Mick Fleetwood catalogue; Round Hill Music acquires Billy Duffy catalogue (see Deals)

  • EU insists it was the UK government's choice to end visa-free touring for musicians (see News)

  • Indie executives launch Exceleration Music (see Business)

14 Jan 2021

  • Merlin expands relationship with Apple Music (see News) 

  • Tidal reports rise in revenue, plus $50m loss for 2019 (see Business)

13 Jan 2021

  • Hipgnosis acquires Shakira catalogue (see Deals)

  • US judge upholds entire $1bn copyright infringement penalty against ISP Cox Communications (see International)

  • Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' sets streaming record (see News)

12 Jan 2021

  • Government refutes EU visa touring story (see News)

  • Spotify is one of the most underappreciated growth stories of the next decade (see Analysis)

  • Amy WheatleyNegla Abdela promoted at Ministry of Sound (see Business)