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Grimes and WeTransfer want creatives to rework her new video

Artist Grimes has just released the video for her new track ‘You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around’, which sees her performing the song against a green-screen background. That design decision was actually part of a...
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Pex dubs Cardi B the ‘Queen of Quarantine’ on Instagram

Music and video analytics company Pex has been looking at the most popular videos and GIFs across Instagram, Twitter and Giphy for March. One of the big winners is Cardi B, whose video views on Instagram have surged in recent...
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EMI Archive Trust creates Sound Of The Hound podcast series

The EMI Archive Trust has created a new podcast series that looks at the history of recorded sound. It is called ‘The Sound Of The Hound’ (in tribute to Nipper, the canine made famous in the His Master’s Voice painting...
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Some iHeartMedia staff furloughed as CEO foregoes his salary

Last week, we reported on US radio, live and streaming group iHeartMedia withdrawing its financial guidance for 2020 and drawing on $350m of a pre-agreed credit facility to tide it through the coronavirus pandemic. However,...
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BPI & ERA Insight Session: Serving The Superfans – 29 April

Music Ally is partnering with ERA and the BPI to create a special report and livestreamed event looking at superfans and how to best market to them. The report will be published to coincide with the virtual conference which...
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Despite 2019 growth, Spanish industry braces for slump in 2020

There’s good news from Spain about the growth of its recorded music market in 2019, but very bad news expected for the rest of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Industry body Promusicae announced both yesterday. Recorded...
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Spotify and WMG seal their deal – including ‘additional markets’

The coronavirus pandemic appeared to have put the long-running soap opera of Spotify’s licensing renewals with major labels on hiatus. Now it’s returning: with concrete progress. “Warner Music Group and Spotify are...
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Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (2 April)

A collective of music industry bodies in the US has come together to create the Music Covid Relief website, providing information for music professionals to receive benefits (both individual and for small businesses) implemented...
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TikTok signs short-term licences as YouTube preps a rival

It’s time to start avoiding casual ‘TikTok doesn’t have music licences’ references: it does, albeit limited in duration. Billboard reported yesterday that the social app has signed “short-term” deals with all...
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Apple and Amazon reach video in-app purchases deal. Could Spotify be next?

Big news! You can now rent and buy films and TV shows from within the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS and Apple TV. Admittedly, this may not immediately strike you as big news, but the important thing is what’s gone on behind...
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SuperAwesome report: ‘Everyone is a kids and family brand now’

Just as many parents are teachers now, so when it comes to the world of technology and digital services “everyone is a kids and family brand now”. That’s the tagline for a report by kid-tech firm SuperAwesome, which...
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‘Listen In’ with new artist-curated playlists on Pandora

Pandora has created a series of new playlists, all curated by different artists and exclusive to the platform, under the umbrella brand of Listen In. “Each artist-curated playlist will feature songs that are soundtracking...