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As Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness prep a $30 million deal to merge their management companies under Live Nation, more details have emerged about the pair’s respective plans.
Beggars Group founder Martin Mills has been reappointed chairman of the board for Merlin, as the global rights body for independent music companies reports a highest-ever number of candidates for its biennial board election.
While over the last decade power may have shifted from the record labels to artist managers, who are also being forced to assume more of the label tasks, the record labels still have an important role to play in developing new talent.
Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who claims that automatic renewal charges to her premium account violate a California law requiring affirmative consent.
Sarah Trahern, former SVP/GM of Scripps Networks Interactive's Great American Country, has been named the new CEO of the Country Music Association, according to a release. She will replace Steve Moore, who suddenly resigned in July of this year (upon his resignation, CMA Board president Ed Hardy assumed day-to-day CEO duties, which he will continue to do until Trahern takes over on Jan. 1, 2014).
Naoshi Fujikura has been promoted to president and CEO of Universal Music Japan. The move is effective from Jan. 1, 2014. He was previously president of domestic labels at the company. Fujikura will replace Kazu Koike, who has served in the positions since 2009. Koike will become non-executive chairman.
Lady Gaga's new album "ARTPOP" is aiming for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the diva's latest release to sell around 260,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 17. That sum should be enough to take over the No. 1 slot from Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," which debuted atop the list this week with 792,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The IFPI has announced the creation of a new industry-led pan-European licensing scheme, which will specifically target the needs of small-scale users, including individuals, small associations and small businesses.
Westergren admits there have been “misunderstandings” about Pandora’s royalty moves but says it’s just trying to balance a system that’s forcing it to carry an “unfair” and “high royalty burden.” Proof point: Pandora has yet to turn a profit, and it’s expected to continue to rack up losses.
At some point, one has to question whether it is still possible to earn a living as a musician, or any type of creator.
Deezer will land in the United States in January next year, according to reports. Such a move would fit in with its current strategy. It has partnered with 25 telcos globally to date, having announced 11 new deals last week.
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