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Bauer Media Audio has today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Communicorp Group subject only to regulatory approval. Through this transaction Bauer Media Audio enters the Republic of Ireland and extends its audio business to eight countries, further developing its position as Europe’s leading commercial radio operator with more than 55 million weekly listeners.

Communicorp, Ireland’s largest commercial radio group with a market-leading portfolio, has a weekly audience of more than 1.75 million and plays a vital role in providing news, music, entertainment, and sport. The group comprises of Ireland’s only two national commercial radio stations Today FM and Newstalk, alongside local stations Spin 1038 and 98FM in Dublin, and Spin Southwest in Limerick, as well as leading digital radio sport station Off The Ball, digital audio exchange audioXI and aggregated listening platform GoLoud.

Paul Keenan, President of Bauer Media Audio comments, “Radio is very popular in Ireland with more than 80% of the population tuning in every week. The industry makes a vital and much-valued contribution to the country’s rich cultural landscape. Communicorp’s award-winning radio stations are reaching record listening highs, and the combination of these highly valued audiences offered alongside fast growing and innovative digital brands means they are well positioned to capitalise on the future development potential of the wider world of audio. This offers more choice for listeners alongside enhanced, targeted solutions for advertisers. We are very much looking forward to working with Communicorp CEO Simon Myciunka and his talented team.”

Commenting on the announcement, Communicorp Chairperson, Lucy Gaffney, said:  “Communicorp has been at the forefront of Ireland’s media industry for over 30 years and this agreement marks the culmination of an exciting and dynamic journey, which has enhanced and transformed radio in Ireland. Hundreds of incredibly talented and special people, both in front of and behind the mic, have made that journey possible and I want to thank them for their enormous contribution to the company. I also want to thank our advertisers, our stakeholders and especially our listeners, for their support and loyalty over many years. Finally, on behalf of the Board, I wish Bauer and everyone at Communicorp continued success for the future.”

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

Youth climate groups launch ‘Climate Live’ with 24 hours of global live music streams on April 24

Declan McKenna to perform in the UKHIGHLIGHTS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD INCLUDE: MILKY CHANCE | LEEPA | ANLY | LIA PAPPAS-KEMPS | ELI ALMIC |SCOTT HELMAN | LUNA LI | ANY GABRIELLY (SPEAKER) & MORE    CLIMATE LIVE 16 OCTOBER 2021 https://www.climatelive.org   Climate Live today reveals...more

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

New record label 21NHG launches

FIRST SINGLE: LEFTWING : KODY - ‘DEEPER’ ft. DARLA JADE Watch/Listen to ‘Deeper’ HERE Today (23rd April), new record label 21NHG launches with their first release, Leftwing : Kody - ‘Deeper’ ft Darla Jade, available now across all DSPs. 21NHG is a dedicated dance...more

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

RSD Launches Behind the Counter

‘Behind The Counter’ video series to spotlight the UK’s independent record shops in special series re-launch The 12-part video series will launch on the 27th April in the run up to this year’s Record Store Day Drops‘Behind The Counter’ is presented by Record Store Day and...more

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

Driift announce Sasha Duncan as Head of Production

Driift, the pioneering livestream business behind acclaimed ticketed online shows for artists including Niall Horan, Nick Cave, Biffy Clyro, Andrea Bocelli, Kylie Minogue, Dermot Kennedy, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling and Birdy is delighted to announce the appointment of Sasha Duncan...more

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

Audiomack partners with MTN to bring music streaming to over 76 million subscribers at zero data cost

  The partnership will see MTN subscribers gain free access to Audiomack’s streaming service via their mobile devices on weekly and monthly subscriptions Audiomack has partnered with MTN Nigeria (www.MTNonline.com) to unveil the Audiomack+MTN Data Bundle program (www.MTN.tc.Audiomack.com), which offers MTN...more

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

LIVE appoints Chris Carey as Chief Economist

Umbrella organisation continues to expand with formation of sub-committees   Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment (LIVE) has appointed Chris Carey to the role of Chief Economist, as the live music industry trade organisation continues to grow, establishing a series of specialist...more

23 Apr 2021 | Press release

Spotify Singles original song x Aluna ft. Alicai Harley & Michael Brun

Spotify has released its third mint Singles, a companion to its flagship Dance playlist, mint, and a spin-off of the popular Spotify Singles series.  The release is a Spotify-exclusive brand-new original song by Aluna ft. Michael Brun & Alicai Harley,...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

BRIT Awards to go ahead with live audience as latest event in Government research programme

  The 2021 BRIT Awards ceremony will go ahead with a live audience as the latest addition to the government’s Events Research Programme, which looks at how venues can restart large events and welcome crowds back safely this summer. The BRIT Awards...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

Brand new wellbeing stream Radio 1 Relax launches on BBC Sounds

Today marks the launch of Radio 1 Relax, a brand new 24-hour stream to help listeners unwind on BBC  Sounds.  The new stream will launch with an 11-hour simulcast across Radio 1 and Radio 1 Relax beginning at 5pm BST today...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

Labyrinth Announces Seven 'Sessions Series’ Shows across London w/ Axel Boman, Gerd Janson, Perel and Todd Terje + more

The shows will take place across some of London’s best venues including Loft Studios, Village Underground and The Cause Labyrinth Sessions is a series of shows that allow artists to dig deep into their record collection, showcase the full range of their...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

GOAT GIRL, Mystry, Santino Le Saint and Arborist among the latest artists to receive support from PRS Foundation’s PPL Momentum Music Fund

Applications for the next round are open now – deadline for submissions is 24th May 2021 at 6pm  PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest Northern...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

Swallow Events acquire the use of rapid testing provisions for forthcoming events/festivals, including Picnic Records, Campo Sancho Festival and Access the Music Festival

With a sensitivity of 97.1% and a specificity of 99.6%. With pricing starts from a little as £8 per test kit. The individually packaged test is imminently due to receive self-testing approval in the form of UK MHRA Emergency use (it is the second...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

220 Kid and Billen Ted release limited edition Wellerman VIP collection NFT's

Available to purchase on OpenSea for Ξ0.2 on Friday 23rd April, 10:00 BST 220 Kid and Billen Ted are the brains behind viral TikTok hit The Wellerman Remix  Proceeds from sales will support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and 220 Kid Scholarship...more

22 Apr 2021 | Press release

Independent Music Distributor TuneCore launch free youth development initiative

Leading independent digital music distributor  TuneCore, has partnered with Point Blank Music School and youth charity, The Prince’s Trust to create a week-long programme for young people looking to join the music industry. Get Started in the Music Industry runs...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

Official BRITs podcast BRITs Top Table with Mastercard launches Friday 23rd April on Amazon Music

First episode features BRITs Rising Star winner Griff and broadcaster Jordan North Exclusive premiere tomorrow night on the Amazon Music UK Twitch channel    The BRIT Awards with Mastercard 2021Tuesday May 11th 2021 – at The O2 arena on ITV and ITV Hub   The BRIT Awards...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

MRC Data Reveals France 360 Report

  Music is a reliable source of comfort for consumers, who are turning to music as they spend more time inside: 75% of the general population in France engages with music, with 91% of music listeners saying they listen to it at home.  Among total respondents, 51% say...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

BBC Radio 1: Clara Amfo to become new host of BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds

Clara Amfo has been named as the new host of BBC Radio 1’s flagship new music show, Radio 1’s Future Sounds (Monday – Thursday, 6 – 8pm), with Rickie, Melvin and Charlie to take on Radio 1’s iconic Live Lounge...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

The Great Escape

SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS REVEALED HOLLY HUMBERSTONE | PRIYA RAGU |ALFIE TEMPLEMAN | BAD BOY CHILLER CREW | GENESIS OWUSU | REMI WOLF   PLUS 75+ MORE ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR DEBUT DIGITAL EDITIONALEXANDER 23 | JENSEN MCRAE | ROBERT GRACE   |SIR CHLOE | TAYO SOUND...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

Deezer signs major media partnership in Brazil with Globoplay

·  New agreement brings Brazilian fans the best of music, podcast and video entertainment · The deal positions Deezer as the optimal global audio partner for entertainment brands   Deezer, the global audio streaming service, and Globoplay, the largest Brazilian video streaming provider...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

Multiple Grammy award-winner Anderson .Paak signs global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music

  Warner Chappell Music, in partnership with Dr. Dre’s Hard Workin’ Black Folks, has entered into a worldwide administration agreement with four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter, rapper, singer, producer, director and multi-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak. His latest project brings .Paak together with fellow Warner...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

Martin Garrix & Maejor's 'AREA21' sign to Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records

Martin Garrix and Maejor have signed with STMPD RCRDS/Hollywood Records (Disney Music Group) for their collaborative project AREA21. The music of AREA21 follows a story arc of two alien travelers who are tripping through the cosmos spreading a message of...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

Beatchain and Better Noise Music Partner for New Marketing Initiative to Amplify Fan Engagement Opportunities

Music marketing and distribution platform Beatchain announces a new partnership with leading independent record label and global artist development company Better Noise Music, sparking an initiative that will better help artists and listeners connect using fan engagement data. The strategic...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

BBC’s brand new Britney Spears documentary confirmed for Saturday 1 May 2021

Brand new documentary The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship will drop on BBC iPlayer on Saturday 1 May, with a BBC Two broadcast to follow on Wednesday 5May at 9pm BST.  This 1x60 film will seek to uncover...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

Skully Sullivan-Kaplan joins ATC Live

ATC Live are delighted to welcome David "Skully" Sullivan-Kaplan into the company.  A hugely respected agent, Skully joins from United Talent Agency (UTA) and brings with him a diverse and acclaimed artist roster including Larkin Poe, Steel Pulse, Polica, Gentleman's Dub...more

21 Apr 2021 | Press release

UK Music Urges Music Industry To Break Down Employment Barriers As Survey Reveals 1 in 5 Disabled People Face Discrimination At Work

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21 Apr 2021 | Press release

MRC Data Reveals Spain 360 Report

  With more in-home engagement, consumers are connecting with music in many ways: 86% of the general population in Spain engages with music, with 62% saying music is important/extremely important to them, followed by music videos (33%) and live streamed/virtual music events (30%) 94% of music listeners...more

20 Apr 2021 | Press release

Help, Not Hype: Lyric Financial Powers $100 Million of Funding to the Music Industry

  Lyric Financial, the company that pioneered royalty-based financing for the global music community, is announcing it has crossed $100 million mark in financing provided to its clients. From automated advances for independent artists and labels to creatively structured facilities for...more

20 Apr 2021 | Press release

Music Creation App BandLab Matches Established Player GarageBand in New Mobile Downloads

  BandLab, the mobile-first music creation and sharing platform, has caught up to GarageBand in mobile downloads, according to data from SensorTower. The app, available for Android and iOS, was installed more than 1.2 million times in March 2021 according to...more

20 Apr 2021 | Press release

Apple leads the next chapter of podcasting with Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

Major updates to Apple Podcasts make discovering and enjoying podcasts better than ever before    Apple today unveiled Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a global marketplace for listeners to discover premium subscriptions offered by their favourite creators alongside millions of free shows on Apple Podcasts.   Starting...more

20 Apr 2021 | Press release

Warner Music Asia signs deal with global amateur esports league & platform owner ESPL

  Warner Music (WM) Asia has announced a deal that will make it the exclusive music partner to gaming platform Esports Player League (ESPL). The deal will allow ESPL to embed Warner Music songs into its platform and drive awareness of...more

23 Apr 2021

  • Universal report strong Q1 figures (see Business)

  • Summer festivals on the brink without insurance (see News, Features)

22 Apr 2021

  • BRIT Awards to host audience of 4,000 without social distancing (see News)

  • Music NFT market update (see Analysis)

  • Survey of the recorded and publishing sectors reveals changes in global market share (see Analysis)

21 Apr 2021

  • Artists call on the PM to put the value of music back "in the hands of music makers" (see News)

  • Shakeup to Radio 1's schedule (see Media)

20 Apr 2021

  • Facebook to deepen relationship with Spotify (see Digital)

  • Initiatives announced ahead of Earth Day (see News)

  • Musiio's AI analyses viral songs to seek useful patterns (see Analysis)

19 Apr 2021

  • Rebalancing the Song Economy report suggests "payment for writers is dysfunctional at best" (see Analysis, Features)

  • Apple Music’s payment rate for artists and labels is at least double what Spotify pays artists/Also: Why it's misleading to say that (see Digital)

  • Penske Media to acquire 50% stake in SxSW (see Business)

16 Apr 2021

  • The future of how we’ll consume music (see Features)

  • Warner and Spotify announce podcast partnership (see Digital)

15 Apr 2021

  • Rap and Hip Hop accounted for 22% of all UK singles consumption in 2020 (see Analysis)

  • Spotify enables album downloads; partners with virtual events companies (see Digital)

  • Time running out for some summer festivals (see News)

14 Apr 2021

  • Spotify officially announces Car Thing (see Digital)

  • How Tim Burgess’ Twitter Listening Party lifted fans during lockdown (see Features)

13 Apr 2021

  • Nightclub industry fears for its post-Covid future (see Features)

  • Dance music has thrived on Spotify during lockdown (see Digital)

12 Apr 2021

  • Streaming may have saved the industry, but does it now need reform itself? (see Features)