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Sony cuts its ties with R. Kelly – as did UMPG

There has been a steady build-up of pressure on Sony and its RCA Records subsidiary to drop R. Kelly, in the wake of the latest set of allegations about his personal life. It has now emerged that Sony and R. Kelly, in Billboard’s...
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Sony Music to face fly-by protest today over R. Kelly

Lady Gaga has followed through with her promise to remove her ‘Do What U Want’ collaboration with R. Kelly, following the latest round of allegations of sexual abuse made against him. Today, another protest will be targeting...
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AR-powered ‘David Bowie is’ app launches as $7.99 download

The ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition was a real treat for keen (and even casual) Bowie fans, debuting at the V&A Museum in London in 2013 before touring the world. Last year, plans were revealed to turn the exhibition...
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Sony shows off its new ‘360 Reality Audio’ format at CES

We reported the other day on Sony Corporation’s plans to use its keynote at the CES technology show in Las Vegas to flag up the importance of its entertainment arms: music, movies and games. As things turned out, one of...
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How Gaana became India’s top audio-streaming music service

There has been some debate over the title of India’s top music audio-streaming service, with multiple companies staking their claim. Most recently, in December 2018, Gaana said that it now had 80 million monthly active...
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Sony expects more collaboration between entertainment divisions

Sony Corporation’s chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida is giving a high-profile speech at the CES technology show in Las Vegas later today. Ahead of the event, he talked to the New York Times about how one of his key messages...
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Sandbox Issue 216: Tuning In. Connected TV Marketing in Focus

Lead: Music on TV increasingly feels like a relic of the past. Only a handful of shows have any kind of musical guests today and even MTV stopped having promo videos as its main focus years ago. But marketing music on TV...
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Sony Music to release classic and rare Prince videos in batches for streaming

The Prince Estate and Sony Music Group have announced their plans to start making the late star’s archive of music videos – at least those from 1995 to 2010 – available to stream. The plan is to release weekly...
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Indies protest as European Commission clears Sony / EMI publishing deal

The European Commission has given the green light to Sony’s proposed acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. “The Commission found the deal raises no competition concerns, in particular as it will not increase Sony’s...
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Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’

Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including...
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Euro songwriters body comes out against Sony / EMI deal

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the latest industry body to come out against Sony’s plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing. The deal has been ‘notified’ to the European Commission,...
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Kygo to launch own Palm Tree Records label with Sony Music

The history of major labels giving stars their own imprints to keep them happy – often with promises to sign a bunch of emerging artists that are later quietly forgotten about – is a long one.