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Indie body Win launches its survey for 2021 Wintel report

Global indie body Win is starting work on its latest Wintel report, quantifying the independent market. This one will also analyse the impact that Covid-19 has had on independent labels and artists. “Outputs from this...
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British live music bodies form new umbrella organisation

The British music industry already has a number of organisations representing different facets of the live music sector: the Association of Independent Festivals, the Association of Independent Promoters, the Music Venue...
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UMG relaunches Virgin Music with indie services focus

Universal Music Group is relaunching the Virgin music brand as a new artist and label services division: its latest arm focused on the independent sector. For now, the relaunched brand will be operating in the US, Japan,...
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Beach Boys buyout includes plans for ‘VR, AR, 3D, CGI…’

The Beach Boys are the latest to join the heritage artists buyouts bonanza, selling a controlling interest in their master recordings and a cut of their publishing, memorabilia and overall Beach Boys brand to Irving Azoff’s...
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Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship

We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
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Glass Animals make a Minecraft splash with fan’s ‘house flip’

A number of artists and festivals have experimented with the game Minecraft in recent years. One of the still-powerful things about it is the community of YouTubers and Twitch streamers making Minecraft videos, which reach...
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Axel Mansoor sets off on a virtual tour… of Clubhouse rooms

We’ve been writing about live-audio startup Clubhouse and thinking about the potential it might hold for musicians. Some artists are already diving right in to explore though. One example is Axel Mansoor, who’s already...
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A&R startup Andrson offers a new spin on Spotify Wrapped

Spotify’s annual year-end Wrapped campaign packages up people’s listening in best-of playlists, but now it’s being given a remix by AI-powered A&R startup Andrson. It has launched something called ReWrapped,...
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Triller now claims it’s worth $10bn even with half the users

We may be reaching the point where someone needs to take Triller’s shovel away and gently remind it of the merits of stopping digging. Earlier this week, the company was the focus of a Billboard report claiming it had...
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Your Music Your Future teaches creators about copyright buyouts

Copyright buyouts, where composers and other musicians creating music for film and TV give up their future royalty rights and accept a one-off fee instead, are currently a very sensitive subject in music circles. Now collecting...
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BPI says exports are a £1bn opportunity for British music

As British artists continue to bemoan the Brexit balls-up that threatens their ability to tour Europe, industry body the BPI is offering the British government a timely reminder of the potential value of music exports. It...
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South Korean video services protest at increased music rates

A group of video streaming services in South Korea are protesting at plans to increase the royalties they pay for music used in the content on their platforms. The Korea Herald has the story, which explains that the Korea...