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British consumers streamed a record 139 billion audio streams in 2020

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By Emmanuel LegrandBritish music streaming consumption in 2020 reached 139 billion audio streams, up 21.9% over 2019 figures, with streaming representing 80.6% of UK music consumption, according to figures from trade body the BPI, based on Official Charts Company data. Overall recorded music consumption in the UK rose by 8.2% in 2020, with 155.4 million albums or their equivalent (AES) either streamed or purchased by British consumers. Streaming equivalent albums accounted for 125.2 million, u...

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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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Warner Chappell Music renews global publishing deal with producer MAG

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Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has renewed its global publishing deal with music producer Marco “MAG” Borrero, who has collaborated Bad Bunny, producing 15 of the 23 tracks on the album 'Un Verano Sin Ti', which became the first all-Spanish album to top the year-end Billboard 200 chart in 2022.

Ryan Press, President, North America, Warner Chappell Music said: “Over the past few years, MAG has helped push our culture forward with a genre-bending sound that will define our generation. He has a gi...

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BBC “suspends” the decision to shut down its professional choir BBC Singers

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The BBC has announced that it will "suspend" the decision to shut down the BBC Singers, the public broadcaster's full-time professional chamber choir.

The BBC's decision — triggered by a need to cut costs — drew widespread criticism, including from the UK's most prominent music publishing houses —Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes and Wise Music Group. The move was also met negatively by the public as 140,000 people signed a petition urging the BBC to reverse its decision.

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Warner Music Czech Republic invests in local hip-hop label Mike Roft

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Warner Music Czech Republic has renewed its partnership and invested in local hip-hop label Mike Roft, the company set up by Czech artists Calin and D-Kop, and video director and graphic designer Radim Zboril, who will remain investors in the venture and will continue to manage it as an independent label.

The new deal will see Warner Music become the sole distributor for all of Mike Roft’s roster, which includes Calin. Founded in 2018, Mike Roft has developed "a core roster of six culturall...

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