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Kanye West on contracts campaign: ‘I will help set precedents’

The music industry may still be picking its way through Kanye West’s self-leaked Universal Music Group deals, but West is making it clear that his campaign around artist contracts is more than just a moment on Twitter....
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Logic blames UMG for not letting game-streamers use his music

Having officially retired from music earlier this year, before signing what was reportedly a seven-figure exclusive deal to stream on Twitch, artist Logic is a prominent figure at the intersection of music and livestreaming....
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Kanye West posted his Universal Music contracts on Twitter

A busy day for Universal Music's legal department yesterday, as Kanye West tweeted a bunch of his contracts with the major label, page by page, as part of a sudden campaign seemingly hoping to buy back his masters. And...
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Universal Music signs global deal with reggaeton star Daddy Yankee

"I am independent today. I was manufacturing by myself and distributing by myself. I was making money by myself," said Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee when he appeared at the Midem conference in 2017. Asked what...
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The Rolling Stones to open shop on London’s Carnaby Street

Soho’s swinging Carnaby Street (copyright: the 1960s) is getting a new boutique retailer from 9 September: RS No. 9 Carnaby. Otherwise known as a ‘world-first flagship store’ for The Rolling Stones. As part...
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UMPG China held songwriting camp with League of Legends firm

We’ve written about the huge audiences for esports tournaments before, and the opportunities for artists to perform live at these events. Now Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has spied an opportunity for songwriters...
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B2B music firm Soundtrack Your Brand signs UMG licensing deal

Soundtrack Your Brand is one of the companies providing music for businesses, from bars, cafes and gyms to hotels, offices and shops. It launched in 2014, co-founded by Ola Sars, previously of Apple Music precursor Beats...
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NetEase Cloud Music saw ‘triple-digit revenue growth’ in Q2

Chinese technology firm NetEase published its latest financial results last week, with no new figures for its NetEase Cloud Music streaming service. However, the service was mentioned in the subsequent earnings call with...
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China gets new ‘Music Industry Legal Professional Committee’

Last week, a panel of Chinese copyright legal experts and representatives from various DSPs and majors formally established a "Music Industry Legal Professional Committee" to create a strengthened legal backbone for the Chinese...
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UMG signs NetEase deal and launches label with Tencent Music

It was a busy day for Tencent Music, and for China's digital music industry as a whole. Universal Music Group made two announcements about its latest deals there: one with NetEase Cloud Music, and the other with Tencent Music. The...
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LiveXLive financials reveal revenues of $10.5m for Q2 2020

US music-streaming and livestreaming company LiveXLive has published its latest financial results, including a new record for quarterly revenues: $10.5m. That's in the second quarter of 2020 (its fiscal Q1), with those...
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Taylor Swift Folklore made $1.2m in three days… from one Chinese DSP

Taylor Swift's new album 'Folklore' may have been a surprise release, but its popularity is entirely unsurprising. According to Republic Records, the album sold more than 1.3m copies in its first 24 hours, and was streamed...