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Downtown’s AdRev takes control of France’s data and analytics firm Simbals

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By Emmanuel Legrand

AdRev, a subsidiary of Downtown Music Holdings's division AVL Group, has acquired Simbals, a French music analytics and technology company. Prior to the acquisition, Simbals served as a key technology partner for AdRev.

Simbals uses industry-leading audio fingerprinting technology and advanced machine learning and AI techniques to better identify audio content across platforms, including TV, film, radio, streaming platforms, and live performance.

The acquisition,...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Session and SoundCloud seal partnership to better disseminate essential song metadata

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Session, which provides tools for music creators, and SoundCloud have agreed to a partnership that will see the audio streaming platform to digitally receive both song audio and the essential song metadata directly from the Session Studio app.

"The significance for creators and the wider industry is monumental; SoundCloud becomes the first user-generated content platform to prioritise the upload of important credit information for music creators," said Session in a statement.

Session was...

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The Official Charts Company elects Charlotte de Burgh-Holder as its new Chair

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The Official Charts Company, the organisation which compiles the UK’s music and video sales data and charts, has elected Charlotte de Burgh-Holder as its new chair.

De Burgh-Holder, who is Director of Commercial Analytics at Sony Music UK, takes over Amazon Music’s Paul Firth, who was in the role for the past two-and-a-half years. She takes on the role as a representative of record label's organisation the BPI. The Official Charts Company is jointly owned by the BPI and ERA, the Entertainme...

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PRS for Music launches new portal with metadata from over two million works

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PRS for Music has launched a new online portal that provides access to songwriter and composer credits alongside its critical links between works and recordings identifiers.

"For the first time, metadata attributed to over 2 million works will be published, with plans to release millions more, over the following 12 months," explained the British music rights society.

The portal will give access to writer and composer names, the musical work and recording title(s), the International Stand...

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