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BPI launches a new Membership Inclusion Programme

British industry body the BPI is trying to expand its membership, particularly from labels and music companies owned by people from "underrepresented" communities in the current industry. That means "women, people from...
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Audoo raises £5.2m from investors including Björn Ulvaeus

British startup Audoo has raised a Series A funding round of £5.2m (around $6.9m) to continue developing and rollout out its technology to track public performance usage of music. The round was raised in 10 weeks from...
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MMF chair sees ‘dangerous disconnect’ in streaming royalties

Tomorrow sees the first session in the UK Parliament's inquiry into music streaming economics. Ahead of that, the chair of managers body the MMF, Paul Craig, has outlined his hopes for the inquiry, as well as his concerns...
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US industry’s black box has ‘several hundred million dollars’

One of the first jobs for the new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) in the US, once it's properly up and running, will be to distribute 'black box' revenue. That's the royalties due to publishers and songwriters which...
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Spotify gets enhanced Megan Thee Stallion ‘Good News’ album

Snapchat and Instagram have stories, Twitter now has fleets, but it's easy to forget that Spotify, too, has been exploring the 'stories' format. For a reminder, take a look at 'Megan Thee Stallion presents Good News, the...
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Snap acquires music-focused short-video app Voisey

Snapchat's music ambitions just took another significant step forward, with parent company Snap seemingly having acquired startup Voisey, whose app is used to create and share original music videos. We say 'seemingly'...
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Livestreaming startup Sessions launches $75m marketing fund

We profiled Sessions in September: it’s the livestreaming startup launched by former Pandora boss Tim Westergren, which has already seen some of its fledgling artists generating thousands of dollars from their performances....
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Roblox IPO filing reveals revenues, users… and music threats

Fresh from attracting more than 33 million people to a virtual performance by Lil Nas X, gaming platform Roblox has filed for its IPO, revealing lots more information about its business than has previously been published....
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First speakers and sponsors announced for NY:LON Connect

We’re delighted to announce some initial keynote speakers and sponsors for NY:LON Connect 2021 which takes place from 25-28 January. Confirmed keynote speakers include Warner Music Group chief digital officer Oana Ruxandra...
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Apple halves its App Store commission for small developers

Apple’s latest salvo to fend off anticompetition accusations is a reduction in its App Store Commission. Its 30% cut will now be reduced to 15% for any developer or small business with annual revenues of less than...
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Spotify launches collection of original Christmas tracks

It’s Christmas season, and heaven knows we all need it after the year that 2020 has been. It’s no surprise to see Mariah Carey’s annual climb up various charts starting early: ‘All I Want For Christmas...
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Artist Lil Yachty is launching his own cryptocurrency

Remember the heyday of the early blockchain+music hype, and visions of a future where successful artists would ‘tokenise’ themselves, with their own cryptocurrencies, with oodles of riches for everyone? Well,...