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Future Music Marketing: Hits or Hype?

Our next evening event will take place on 16 April, when a panel of experts will be discussing what’s next for digital music marketing, and whether the most talked-about technologies are hits or hype. Up for discussion:...
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Russell Simmons’ ADD has sold 64k singles so far

All Def Digital (ADD) is the digital label launched by Russell Simmons last year in partnership with Samsung and Universal Music. Its aim: to build a platform for unsigned artists to compete for attention, then release one...
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UMG sues over ‘care package’ mixtapes sent to US prisoners

Here’s a music copyright lawsuit we wouldn’t have predicted for 2015: filed by Universal Music, it focuses on “care packages” sent by family members and friends to US prisoners through companies the Centric Group...
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Universal launches Frank Sinatra 100 app

The latest high-profile artist app is for Frank Sinatra, to celebrate what would have been his centennial year. A joint venture between Universal Music and the singer’s estate, it’s being billed as – and we’re afraid...
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‘Dark social’ sharing may be much bigger than Facebook

Online advertising company Radium One has been investigating “dark social” – sharing of content that happens outside the major (trackable) social networks. For example, sharing via email and messaging apps, which aren’t...
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Spotify and Uber are announcing a partnership today

Taxi service Uber sent out invites on Friday for a “global press call” later today to announce “a first-of-its-kind partnership”, dropping a heavy hint about its nature by including a stave and musical notes at...
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The Who get 3D mobile apps… with Oculus Rift to come

The Who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a high-profile tour, but also with a new mobile app thanks to a partnership between the band, Trinifold Management, Universal Music and developer Immersive. It has launched...
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UMG boss unconvinced about SoundCloud’s business model

We’re not sure whether it was mischief or good luck that saw the WSJD conference feature back-to-back interviews with Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge and SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung yesterday. With no licensing deal...
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Sony/ATV still mulling plans to withdraw from BMI and ASCAP

Publisher Sony/ATV has already signalled its willingness to withdraw from collecting societies BMI and ASCAP in order to negotiate deals directly with digital music services like Pandora. An attempt to partially withdraw...
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In this week’s Sandbox report: Videos, Google+, James Brown and more

Our Sandbox digital music marketing report was published last night, and should be in your inbox now. This week’s lead feature looks at music videos, speaking to the people who commission and create them about how they...
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Danish band Suspekt use Snapchat for ‘Digital Call Girl’ campaign

We never thought we’d be writing the phrases “Universal Music” and “call girls” in the same sentence without a few lawyers checking it first. But in this case, we’re safe: even if Universal...
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Universal seeks to end digital royalties class action

Ever since the 2010 ruling in FBT Productions versus Aftermath – that regarded download income as a “licence” rather than a “sale” and paid through 50% to the artist instead of sales rates of 15% or lower – the...