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Spotify Singles for Pride include Orville Peck and Rina Sawayama

Spotify has launched its first Spotify Singles x Pride campaign, and it sees three LGBTQ+ artists perform apposite covers. Orville Peck has picked ‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronskski Beat, Rina Sawayama covers ‘Dance In The...
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One Media set to launch Harmony rights-purchasing program

Music rights firm One Media announced its latest financial results yesterday, for the first half of its fiscal year – which ended on 30 April. The company saw its revenues grow by 28% to just over £2m ($2.5m) while...
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Chase Rice and Chris Janson concerts spark controversy

We’ve been writing and thinking a lot about what the ‘new normal’ will be for music concerts as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease. There are already gigs taking place at drive-in cinemas in the US; experiments...
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Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok

The Indian government has announced a ban on 59 apps created by (or at least with origins in) Chinese companies, amid tensions between India and China over military clashes at the border between the two countries. The apps...
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Music Ally Startup Files: SyncFloor aims to shake up the sync market

Kirt Debique met his SyncFloor co-founder Cestjon McFarland during a 20-year stint at Microsoft. Immersed in the Seattle music scene, he left the tech giant to start a label (Brick Lane records, named after his favourite...
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The Midnight create a prom playlist generator for all ages

Ninja Tune/Counter Records act The Midnight have a new single out called ‘Prom Night’ and have created a special prom-themed playlist generator for it. On a dedicated website, users input their name as well as the date...
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Hipster Bait turns music discovery into an AR scavenger hunt

“Unreleased rock songs are hiding all around North America. That’s right. You could be sitting on a song right now,” is the blurb from new app Hipster Bait’s website. Launched for Android and iOS devices, it’s...
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Production music firm Artlist raises $48m funding round

Israeli firm Artlist is one of the companies offering a royalty-free catalogue of licensed music (plus video clips and sound effects in its case) to filmmakers, YouTubers and games developers. Launched in 2016, it now has...
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K-Pop stars Blackpink break YouTube 24-hour views record

This one is going to get the K-Pop stans roused up. In April 2019, BTS broke the record for one-day video views on YouTube, with the 78m views of their ‘Boy With Luv’ video trumping the previous record-holder, ‘Kill...
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First speakers and agenda details for Sandbox Summit Global

Today we’re announcing the first confirmed speakers and outline agenda for our Sandbox Summit Global conference, which takes place online in September. The event will include Platoon’s Denzyl Feigelson in conversation...
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Stop Hate for Profit campaign targets Facebook ad revenues

Long-running complaints about the proliferation of hate speech on social media – and the perceived unwillingness of some platforms to properly tackle the challenge – is bubbling up into a new campaign called ‘Stop...
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Outdustry launches China music publishing arm Outdustry Songs

Outdustry has long been one of the most respected companies helping western music firms and artists do business in China (and more recently, India too). Its services have mainly focused on marketing and rights management...