- Independent digital distributor IODA has announced worldwide distribution agreements with five new dance/electronic music labels and three new boutique retailers. New labels include AEI Media Ltd, Easy Street, MN2S, Naked Music, and Soulheaven. New Dance retail partners include Boomkat, Halcyon, and Wax Poetics. The announcement was made the electronic music-focused Winter Music Conference in Miami.

- Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson has signed with Kobalt Music Group to be her exclusive worldwide publishing administration company. As part of the deal, Kobalt will represent Clarkson for a wide array of creative/A&R, and synch licensing opportunities in film, TV, advertising and other media.

“In addition to our global admin and licensing services, [Clarkson will] especially be working closely with our global creative executives and songpluggers, including Whitney Daane in Nashville and Benjamin Groff in Los Angeles, to collaborate with other artists and writers and to expand opportunities for her songwriting," Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz said in a statement.