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“I want everything available digitally”: Danny Bennett, head of Verve, on how digital is regenerating classical and jazz

  In a recent issue of Sandbox, we spoke to the team behind the release and marketing of the “lost” 1963 John Coltrane album Both Directions At Once. In that campaign focus, Danny Bennett, president & CEO of...
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Spotify invests in DistroKid as part of new distribution partnership

Spotify recently announced that it would be testing a direct-uploads tool with some artists, enabling them to get their music onto its service without a distributor or label. Now the company has expanded the initiative...
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Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared

Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition...
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Mixcloud’s subs service edges ever closer with UMG deal

Yesterday, Mixcloud announced that it had signed a multi-year direct licensing deal with Universal Music Group. This is not quite a global deal as both China and Japan are currently excluded from the agreement, but the UMG...
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Confirmed: Apple has bought music analytics startup Asaii

Music-analytics startup Asaii is shutting down this month because it has been acquired by Apple. The deal has been confirmed to Music Ally by the company's first investor. “As the first investors in Asaii, we are incredibly...
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Don’t shoot the Messenger: imminent changes to Facebook Messenger and what they mean for bots

An email from The Bot Platform alerted us to some changes Facebook is making to Messenger ¬with the arrival of Messenger v2.3.
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Amy Winehouse hologram tour planned for late 2019

Tupac “started” it in 2012 at Coachella when a holographic incarnation of him appeared on stage and since then both Maria Callas and Roy Orbison have been able to get back on the road – well, hologram versions of them...
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Industry cheers as Music Modernization Act is signed into law in US

It is no surprise that the music business has been cheering the Music Modernization Act as it was signed into law by President Trump yesterday.
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Tencent Music IPO on hold amid market turbulence?

There has been growing excitement and anticipation around the planned IPO of Chinese mega-company Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TMEG). At the start of the month it even filed its IPO documents which gave a revealing...
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Genius strikes lyrical deal with Apple Music

The company formerly known as Rap Genius has a new partner. ‘Encyclopedia of music’ Genius has announced a deal to make Apple Music the official music player on its site and iOS app. Genius’ database of lyrics will...
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Apple’s TV ambitions may move outside Apple Music in 2019

It’s a quirk of Apple’s slow-but-steady move into television production that its first original shows made their debut within Apple Music.
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Spotify’s Fresh Finds head joins Xite Networks International

Even if you don’t know the name Athena Koumis, you’ll likely know her work: as its North America editor, music culture, she led the product management and editorial programming for Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlists for...