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BPI Chief Geoff Taylor to depart in 2023

Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of UK record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023, after 15 years leading the BPI. In...
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Tools :: LabelRadar

LabelRadar wants to benefit artists, labels, promoters and fans alike. For artists, it democratises access to key decision makers in the industry by streamlining the demo submission process. It helps labels and promoters...
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Independent music firm Empire launches Empire Africa

Its main office will be in Lagos, Nigeria, with plans to operate across countries including Ghana, South Africa and the Ivory Coast.
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Universal Music’s Booba deal includes new African rap label

Universal Music Group’s expansion in Africa continues, with its latest artist deal including the launch of a new label that will be signing more African musicians. The artist is Booba, the Senegalese-French rapper whose...
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Primary Wave raises $375m and signs deal with Virgin Music

Primary Wave Music is well and truly in the game for buying music rights. This year alone it has acquired (in full or in part) catalogues from artists and/or songwriters including Dan Wilson, KT Tunstall, Jon Lind, Wilson...
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Pias says it stays ‘fully independent’ despite UMG deal

More consolidation of the independent distribution sector by the major labels? Well, not quite, but Universal Music Group’s ‘strategic global alliance’ with independent firm Pias is an intriguing move as the majors...
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Reservoir buys Tommy Boy, plans De La Soul re-releases

Music rights company Reservoir has made its latest acquisition: of pioneering label Tommy Boy Music. The deal will see Reservoir buy more than 6,000 master recordings of hip-hop and electronic music, with Tommy Boy becoming...
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Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar Games launches a label

Rockstar Games has a long and fruitful history of music partnerships, from the innovative in-game radio stations of its later Grand Theft Auto games to its recent opening of a virtual nightclub in GTA V’s online version,...
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Afrobeats label Mavin launches initiative for future leaders

Happy birthday to you, Nigeria-based Afrobeats label Mavin, which was founded nine years ago. Those nine years have seen Mavin generate more than 2.3bn streams from its catalogue, and increasingly global success for signings...
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Record labels sue Vimeo in Italy for copyright infringement

Video streaming service Vimeo’s repositioning as a largely B2B-focused operation seemed to be a positive thing for artists and labels, giving them a white-label alternative to YouTube for putting out their videos. However,...
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UK study questions majors/indies split on streaming playlists

Do independent labels get a fair share of slots on music streaming services’ playlists? It’s a complicated question, with the answer having varied, historically, depending on which playlists you’re talking about (all...
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Impala rejects ER but says labels should pay fair digital rates

Impala, which represents independent music companies in Europe, is the latest organisation to step in to the debate about the music streaming economy and how to reform it. “Our aim is to make streaming fairer and provide...