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Sony Music sales were down in 2016 – or possibly up

The ups and downs of the international currency markets can make reporting on financial results something of a headache. Witness Billboard’s coverage of Sony Music’s latest financials for an example. On the pure figures...
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Sony Music international boss Edgar Berger is leaving

Sony Music’s chairman and CEO of its international operations, Edgar Berger, is leaving the company. The news was broken to staff in an internal note from current boss Doug Morris. “Edgar Berger has decided to leave...
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Kygo gets his own ‘Carry Me’ virtual reality experience

Dance star Kygo is the latest musician exploring virtual reality technology, launching an app called ‘Carry Me’ for PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. For now, it’s only available in the US, Canada and Mexico though....
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Sony Music Twitter hack declared Britney Spears dead

Boxing Day wasn’t so festive for Sony Music, as the label’s global Twitter account fell victim to hackers. “Britney Spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney” tweeted @SonyMusicGlobal,...
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AI could be the music industry’s next Napster moment – but much bigger

“It’s probably fair to say that AI will change the music industry and lots of other industries a lot more than the internet did.” Ed Newton-Rex, CEO of startup Jukedeck, set the tone at last night’s ‘Music’s...
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‘Little Mix? The GIF-ability of their videos is huge…’

As a sign of the times in November, Vevo launched a GIF creator to allow viewers to grab and loop five-second clips of videos on the platform. If you want your video to have more of a life beyond YouTube or Vevo, you have...
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BPI launches ‘Innovation Hub’ to link music and tech

British music body the BPI is trying a new initiative to get music and tech companies in the same room – talking, not arguing. Its new ‘Innovation Hub’ will involve quarterly events with presentations and networking....
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BPI to hold artificial intelligence and music event

The BPI has announced the details of its next BPI Insight Sessions event, which will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) technology and its likely impact on the music industry. Chaired by Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley, the...
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And the winners of the Music Ally Digital Music Awards 2016 are…

From The 1975 and Run the Jewels to Dot Blockchain and Dice, tonight’s Music Ally Digital Music Awards showcased some of the most inventive artists, startups and people in the digital world. Our second awards were held...
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Stringer to step up at Sony and Sony/ATV promotes Monaco

Sony Music has announced that its CEO Doug Morris will be stepping back to a chairman role in April 2017, to be replaced by current Columbia Records chairman and CEO Rob Stringer. Morris will be taking an advisory role, rather...
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RCA avoids UMG-style ‘ultimatum’ over streaming exclusives

Lucian Grainge’s recent internal memo announcing that Universal Music no longer wants to take part in streaming exclusives has been seen in some quarters as an ultimatum. That's fun context for a quote in Rolling Stone’s...
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Confusion over streams’ royalty status continues

Are streams ‘sales’ or ‘transmissions’? This particular grey area has never really been settled, even though the implications for the industry – a ‘sale’ implies a 15% royalty rate for artists while a ‘transmission’...