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UMG boss unconvinced about SoundCloud’s business model

We’re not sure whether it was mischief or good luck that saw the WSJD conference feature back-to-back interviews with Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge and SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung yesterday. With no licensing deal...
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Sony/ATV still mulling plans to withdraw from BMI and ASCAP

Publisher Sony/ATV has already signalled its willingness to withdraw from collecting societies BMI and ASCAP in order to negotiate deals directly with digital music services like Pandora. An attempt to partially withdraw...
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In this week’s Sandbox report: Videos, Google+, James Brown and more

Our Sandbox digital music marketing report was published last night, and should be in your inbox now. This week’s lead feature looks at music videos, speaking to the people who commission and create them about how they...
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Danish band Suspekt use Snapchat for ‘Digital Call Girl’ campaign

We never thought we’d be writing the phrases “Universal Music” and “call girls” in the same sentence without a few lawyers checking it first. But in this case, we’re safe: even if Universal...
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Universal seeks to end digital royalties class action

Ever since the 2010 ruling in FBT Productions versus Aftermath – that regarded download income as a “licence” rather than a “sale” and paid through 50% to the artist instead of sales rates of 15% or lower – the...
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Universal invests in ROLI for keyboard and music software development

Universal Music is among a group of strategic investors in the Seaboard Grand, a new type of keyboard where its rubber leys allow players to bend notes much like a guitarist would do. The ROLI has raised $12.8m in Series...
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Steve Jobs’ biographer suggests Jimmy Iovine could be Apple’s next content star

After endless online analysis of Apple’s $3.2bn deal to buy Beats, it still hasn’t actually been announced. Still, there’s more speculation to plug the news gap, including from the late Apple boss Steve Jobs’ authorised...
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Selfie The Album is a real thing that is really happening this summer

The CD albums market is alive, kicking and... doing its best trout-pout pose into its smartphone's front-facing camera. At least, that's the message sent out by upcoming compilation Selfie The Album. NO, not a super-late...
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Blue Note Records gets a 75th anniversary iPad app

Back in 2012, EMI launched a Spotify app for veteran jazz label Blue Note Records (Bulletin, 13-Sep-12) before teaming up with music startup Groovebug for a subscription-based iPad app mining its back catalogue (4-Oct-12)....
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YouTube MCN AwesomenessTV spawns UMG-backed music label

Thankfully, music labels and YouTube MCNs aren’t just interacting via lawsuits in 2014. Universal Music’s latest brush with the online video world is a partnership with DreamWorks-owned MCN AwesomenessTV. Russell Simmons...
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A2IM boss criticises YouTube and major labels over licensing

US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich Bengloff certainly isn’t...
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Sony/ATV still considering withdrawal from ASCAP and BMI

Music publisher Sony/ATV is still hopeful that it will be allowed to partially withdraw its rights from US collecting societies ASCAP and BMI in order to strike direct deals with digital music services like Pandora. It’s...