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Baby Shark: Collection No. 1 is set to drop on December 2 at 3:30PM PT

Featuring Iconic Music and Characters From ‘Baby Shark Dance’, The World’s Most Viewed YouTube Video

Full Collection Now Available for Preview on MakersPlace

 

SmartStudy, the creator of the global phenomenon Baby Shark and brand Pinkfong, unveils its highly anticipated Baby Shark NFT collection that is now live for viewing on MakersPlace, the premier marketplace for digital art. Baby Shark: Collection No. 1 will be available for purchase on December 2, 2021 at 3:30 pm PT.

With the world’s most viewed video in YouTube history, Pinkfong’s Baby Shark has grown into the most recognizable earworm ever to emerge from the internet and garnered truly global status, reach and affinity. It took the world by storm, generating unprecedented amounts of engagement on the internet, certifying RIAA Diamond (11x Platinum), and recording a 20-week streak on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The world of Baby Shark now enters the world of NFTs, offering an exclusive opportunity for fans and collectors to own the first-ever NFT pieces from the viral sensation.

For the first time since its announcement, collectors can view and enjoy the collection in its full glory on MakersPlace. The six-piece collection includes one unique (1/1) piece and five limited edition pieces, featuring Baby Shark and his family in original, loopable animations inspired by holographic collectors’ playing cards. Each piece is accompanied by audio that references the genre-defining song and its iconic vocal.

Collaborating with its global music partner Sony Music Entertainment/Relentless Records, Pinkfong developed the framework of a rare collection that merges the original Baby Shark with new visual techniques and sounds never seen or heard before from Pinkfong. The aim was to create distinct original artworks that pushed the boundaries of the brand, providing a captivating experience for digital art collectors.

The unique piece, titled “Baby Shark No. 1”, is a one-minute-long digital art piece that features Baby Shark as he journeys through a newly reimagined dream-like underwater world, seen through a lens that portrays Baby Shark in a captivating new light. The accompanying music is a classically composed, bespoke, electronic movement built around the unmistakable melody.

As an additional memento, the winner of the unique piece will be gifted a one and only custom vinyl created by Pinkfong exclusively for this NFT, featuring the music from the unique piece and accompanying art.

Bin Jeong, CEO of Pinkfong USA, says: “We are excited to finally reveal Baby Shark's first NFT collection. This marks the beginning of our venture into the world of NFT, an important next chapter of Baby Shark's journey. As a sensation born on the internet, it is a natural progression for Baby Shark to embrace NFTs and we are thrilled to share the experience with the community.”

Dannie Chu, MakersPlace co-founder and CEO, says: “Over the last year we have seen strong demand from our community for music-inspired NFTs. We want to expand our offerings in this space by providing the platform, tools and curatorial support to help bring great audio-visual works to life on the blockchain. We are thrilled to partner with Pinkfong to bring the world of Baby Shark to the digital arts space.”

14 Jan 2022 | Press release

Streaming service for concert video, Staccs, launches first local artist collaboration with Lars Winnerbäck - licensing a popular show, made exclusively available

  Collaboration offers exclusive access to Lars Winnerbäck’s live-streamed concert, performed & recorded on 28th August 2021 at Södra Teatern, Stockholm, to 200 guests in attendance and over 8,000 fans across 13 countries New deal provides a new commercial opportunity for local...more

14 Jan 2022 | Press release

Reservoir acquires prolific catalog of late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister

Reservoir has announced the acquisition of the publishing catalog of the late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister, including several collaborations with his internationally acclaimed creative partner David Guetta. Together, Fred Rister and David Guetta helped define the genres...more

14 Jan 2022 | Press release

Round Hill Music Announces Acquisition of David Coverdale Catalogue

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties for, and entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighbouring rights income from, the catalogue...more

14 Jan 2022 | Press release

UK music industry entrepreneurs team-up to form a new Thai artist management company and independent record label, ‘Kaleidoscope BKK’.

Thailand-based UK music industry entrepreneurs Andy Haggerstone, Andy Griffin, and Chris Craker,  have teamed-up to launch a new artist management company and independent record label, Kaleidoscope BKK, and have begun the search for their first Thai artist. With over 50 years...more

14 Jan 2022 | Press release

BBC Radio 2 launches Piano Room Month

In what will be Radio 2’s biggest celebration of live music in a decade, twenty of pop’s best-loved artists will be performing for Radio 2’s Piano Room Month - accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra - live from London’s BBC...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

White Rabbit acquires memoir from writer and music PR legend, Barbara Charone

Access All Areas: A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years of Music and Culture tells the story of how a music-loving, budding journalist from a Chicago suburb became the defining music publicist of her generation. With an exclusive foreword from Elvis...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Janelle Curtis named Chief Enterprise Transformation Officer for Warner Music Group

Highly Respected Executive Will Drive Innovative Tech-Enabled Commercial Solutions Warner Music Group (WMG) announced today that Janelle Curtis has joined the company as Chief Enterprise Transformation Officer. She will spearhead the company’s ongoing tech-enabled evolution across its global corporate operations, with...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Warner Chappell Music sign Afro-fusion star Tay Iwar

  Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer, Tay Iwar, through its joint venture with The Flight Club. Tay Iwar is an influential figure within the...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Kobalt Music signs Tai Verdes to global publishing deal

Kobalt today announced that it has signed Tai Verdes. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative services for all of Verdes’ catalog and future songs. Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Tai Verdes was an essential worker...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Beatport and Gaming (Music Metaverse) Platform PIXELYNX Partner to Create Synth Heads, A Generative NFT Series for Electronic Music Fans

Beatport, the global leader of music for DJs, producers, and their fans, and PIXELYNX, the new (metaverse) gaming venture from electronic music mavericks Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin, announced today the release of Synth Heads, a series...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Concord Music Publishing announces the launch of Chromatic Music and first signing of songwriter Lauren Hungate

Chromatic Music is a New Joint Venture founded by Songwriter/Producer Tofer Brown     Today, Concord Music Publishing announced that the launch of a new creative joint venture, Chromatic Music. Founded by chart-topping songwriter Tofer Brown, this new venture aims to develop, mentor, and raise up...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Global Music Charity In Place Of War Partners with Score Relief 2022

In Place Of War has been named official charity partner to the Score Relief 2022 international film scoring competition.    In Place Of War, the global organisation that uses creativity, especially music, to bring positive change and provide a voice to marginalised communities in areas...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Round Hill Music Announces Agreement with Nancy Wilson

Acquisition of Master Artist Royalties and Long-Term Administration of Neighbouring Rights; Provides Access to legendary American rock band Heart    Round Hill Music, via Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Ltd, has acquired a significant share of the master artist royalties and entered...more

13 Jan 2022 | Press release

Premium AI Mastering Service Masterchannel Announces Full Launch & Partnership With amuse

The Norwegian-based AI-driven mastering service Masterchannel has announced its full launch and a partnership with the digital music company amuse.      The partnership is the first time amuse has engaged in a music tech partnership. It will see amuse marketing Masterchannel's revolutionary technology to...more

12 Jan 2022 | Press release

Universal Music Group announces strategic promotions across Global Classics & Jazz Division

Liz Chew appointed Senior Director, Global Priorities – Marketing  Rachel Tregenza appointed Senior Director, Global Priorities – Communications & Artist Strategy George Irwin promoted to Manager – Audience & Analytics   Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music entertainment, today announced a...more

12 Jan 2022 | Press release

AIM Sync Award nominees announced

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12 Jan 2022 | Press release

Spitfire Audio unveils new Ambassador Programme

Spitfire Audio unveils new Ambassador Programme with award-winning composers Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, Stargirl, Fortnite) and Kris Bowers (Bridgerton, Green Book, King Richard, Respect) Spitfire Audio, the British music tech company acclaimed for world-leading sample libraries and software instruments, announces...more

12 Jan 2022 | Press release

Warner Music Group acquires leading African music company Africori

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced it has acquired a majority stake in Africori, Africa’s leading digital music distribution, music rights management and artist development company. Africori is currently servicing 7,000 artists and 850 clients and last year its artists generated...more

12 Jan 2022 | Press release

ESNS completes line-up for digital festival and conference

The European music platform confirms latest artists and speakers for ESNS 2022 (January 19 – 22, 2022)  The European showcase festival and conference ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) in Groningen adds five more acts to the line-up and completes its festival programme. As...more

12 Jan 2022 | Press release

Jay Wheeler announced as first Apple Music Up Next Artist of 2022

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11 Jan 2022 | Press release

UK music licensing company PPL promotes Chloe Rowlatt to Head of International

  UK music licensing company PPL today announces the promotion of Chloe Rowlatt to Head of International. In her new role Rowlatt will be responsible for managing PPL’s International team and ensuring strong operational relationships are maintained with the company’s unrivalled...more

11 Jan 2022 | Press release

British Library and University of Westminster announce major research collaboration into black British music

Today the British Library and University of Westminster announce a new partnership to develop a landmark exhibition exploring the history of black British music. The exhibition will open at the British Library in 2024, charting and reframing the evolution and influence...more

11 Jan 2022 | Press release

Royal Mail to honour the Rolling Stones with a set of 12 special stamps

  Royal Mail today reveals 12 new special stamps to honour 60 years of the legendary rock group, The Rolling Stones. The main set of eight stamps features images of the band performing at venues all around the world at various points...more

11 Jan 2022 | Press release

Arjun Pulijal promoted to President of Capitol Music Group

Highly regarded and innovative executive will play integral role in charting company’s future and directly oversee key departments within the label group. Capitol Records executive Arjun Pulijal has been promoted to President of Capitol Music Group (CMG), it was announced today...more

10 Jan 2022 | Press release

Warner Music UK ups Linda Walker to SVP, Commercial

Linda Walker has been promoted to become Senior Vice President, Commercial, UK & Europe, at Warner Music UK.  She started her new role in December, reporting directly to Tony Harlow, CEO of Warner Music UK, and has joined the WMUK...more

10 Jan 2022 | Press release

Music Venue Trust launches #GOLOCAL campaign

Music Fans Urged to Enjoy Live Music in Safe Environments by Visiting Their Local Venues   Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced a new campaign to encourage music fans to enjoy live music in safe environments by supporting their local grassroots music...more

10 Jan 2022 | Press release

NTIA Calls for Government to Consider Reducing Covid Isolation Period or Implement a "Test & Release'' for Night Time Economy & Hospitality to Keep Economy Moving

  Following the statement from the Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi suggesting that cutting self isolation to five days would be helpful but would be in the hands of the experts and is under review.   The NTIA Calls for the...more

10 Jan 2022 | Press release

ILMC 34 moves to April

Organisers exercise caution in face of international Omicron spread  All key partners and sponsors - Live Nation, DEAG, Ticketmaster and more - back move   In light of the rising number of Omicron cases around the world, various national and travel restrictions across...more

10 Jan 2022 | Press release

Harbourside Artist Management to run the Disability Empowerment Programme in association with Youth Music

  Bristol-based Harbourside Artist Management has been commissioned by Youth Music to create a new initiative aimed at increasing disabled representation in the music industry. The Disability Empowerment Programme will see the company bring on a young music manager with a disability,...more

07 Jan 2022 | Press release

MRC Data's 2021 year-end report US highlights

  The report covers: The report reveals the year-end chart toppers and covers music consumption for the 12-month period from Jan. 1, 2021 through December 30, 2021, outlining the powerful role music continues to play in consumers' lives, as well as pivotal...more

14 Jan 2022

  • US asset manager Pimco and BMG to acquire music catalogues (see Business)

  • Interscope at 30 (see Features)

13 Jan 2022

  • Lucian Grainge writes new year’s message to Universal staff (see News)

  • Warner Music Group "The model record label" (see Features)

12 Jan 2022

  • Onboarding: the key to long-term sustainable communities (see Analysis)

11 Jan 2022

  • Change at the top of Capitol UK (see Business)

10 Jan 2022

  • Major label revenue surged in 2021, but what does that mean? (see Analysis)

07 Jan 2022

  • RotD publishes roundup of the most tipped artists for 2022 (see Analysis)

  • Lord Vaizey - A dated understanding of the music industry is holding us back (see Comment)

  • US streaming figures for 2021 show current music dropping and catalogue surging (see International)

06 Jan 2022

  • PinkPantheress wins Sound of 2022 (see News)

  • ERA: Entertainment targets £10bn in UK sales in 2022 (see News)

05 Jan 2022

  • How the emerging Web3 will and won't disrupt music streaming (see Opinion)

04 Jan 2022

  • First three names in Radio 1's Sound Of 2022 announced (see News)

  • Warner Chappell Music acquire David Bowie publishing catalogue (see Deals)

  • BPI 2021 figures report highlights "nearly twice as many artists are now earning meaningful royalties as could do so in the CD era" (see News)

  • WMG's Max Lousada on how he’s working to shape the industry's future (see Features)

17 Dec 2021

  • Warner Music acquires 300 Entertainment (see Business)

  • TikTok tests live streaming desktop app (see Digital)

  • Venues await government support or face closure (see News)