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Musical chairs — Week 3 of 2021

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USAPrimary Wave Music has appointed Natalia Nastaskin(pictured, below) as Chief Content Officer, effective Feb. 1. She reports to the independent publishing and talent management company's Founder and CEO Larry Mestel. Nastaskin joins from talent agency UTA where she served as General Manager of the Global Music Group since 2015. Primary Wave manages such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Cypress Hill, Fantasia and Cee LoGreen and represents the catalogues of artists and songwriters such as Stevie ...

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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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Former Register of Copyrights and champion for creators’ rights Marybeth Peters dies aged 83

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The creative community has been paying tribute to Marybeth Peters, who served as the 11th Register of Copyrights from 1994 to 2010 and died Sept.ember 29 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

Karyn Temple, SEVP and Global General Counsel at Motion Picture Association and former Register of Copyrights, said in a LinkedIn blogpost that "copyright truly would not be the same" without her.

Current Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter said: “Marybeth Peters leaves an unparallele...

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Music deals — Week 37, 2022

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Blackway and the Position/Hive team

Ghanian rapper Blackway has signed an exclusive global record and co-publishing deal with Position Music/Hive Music. Blackway is most known for his work on the single ‘What’s Up Danger’ with Black Caviar, which was featured in the 2018 film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. “For about a year and a half, the entire team at Position Music and Hive Music have shown me immense support and provided me with amazing opportunities,” says Blackway. “They have he...

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Musical chairs — Week 37, 2022

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Napster's Jon Vlassopoulos

Music streaming service Napster has hired Jon Vlassopoulos as CEO, in a move that coincides with the completion of a new funding round. At Napster, Vlassopulos is expected to lead the company’s efforts to grow its footprint, as well as leveraging Web3 technology to provide a better experience to users. Vlassopulos is the former Vice President and Global Head of Music at metaverse platform Roblox. He is credited with “building [Roblox]’s groundbreaking music ...

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