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Usage of smart speakers rises during Covid-19 crisis

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By Emmanuel Legrand

Usage of smart speakers and voice commands in general has increased slightly since the COVID-19 outbreak, with 52% of voice-assistant users saying they use voice tech several times a day or nearly every day, compared to 46% before the outbreak, according to the the 2020 Smart Audio Report, released by NPR and Edison Research.
The report confirms that 77% of US adults have had a change in their typical routine due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and voice-assistant usage has ...

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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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Avex USA and Brandon Silverstein Publishing sign worldwide publishing deal with US producer Jasper Harris

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Avex USA and Brandon Silverstein Publishing (formerly S10 Publishing) have signed producer Jasper Harris to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement will come into effect later this year.

“I am incredibly grateful to be joining the Avex and Silverstein publishing team," said Harris. "They’re such a strong and dynamic group, and their passion for my music combined with their global reach feels like the most natural combination as I enter the next phase of my career. We are so like-minded ...

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Warner Chappell Production Music expands in Brazil with the hiring of Renato Moraes

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Warner Chappell Production Music (WCPM) has expanded into Brazil with a new team based in São Paulo led by Renato Moraes..

Moraes will report to Sinéad Hartmann, Vice President, Licensing & Music Creative, in addition to working closely with Warner Chappell Music Brazil’s sync team — led by Flávia Cesar, Director of Strategic, Commercial, Film, Sync, and Licensing.

“I’ve seen production in Brazil grow tremendously since I started out in this business, and I know this is just the begi...

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Universal Music Group promotes Roey Hershkovitz to the newly created position of Vice President of Sound & Picture

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Universal Music Group has promoted Roey Hershkovitz to Vice President of Sound & Picture. In this newly created role, Hershkovitz will "lead visual content capture across the company’s studios, develop new programming and build on the company’s leadership in immersive audio."

Based out of Santa Monica, Hershkovitz will continue to report to Christopher Jenkins, Executive Vice President of Digital Studios, and Pat Kraus, Senior Vice President of Recording Studios & Archive Management....

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