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DistroKid launches A&R tool powered by streaming data

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By Emmanuel LegrandIndependent music distribution company DistroKid has launched Upstream, a new service that connects record labels and artists looking to be signed. Upstream allows artists who opt-in to automatically share their streaming data with approved record labels. The first label that has agreed to participate in the project is Universal Music Group's Republic Records. DistroKid said Upstream will be free for DistroKid members, and that it won't take any rights or earnings from artis...

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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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PPL paid out £244.9 million to performers and labels in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021

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British neighbouring rights society PPL has distributed £244.9 million (€278.3m) to its members — performers and owners of sound recordings — and other collective management organisations in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021's £228.7m.

PPL said the figure marks the second highest total of monies paid out by PPL in a calendar year, the highest being £260.2m in 2020, a total achieved thanks to the record collections of £271.8m the previous year in 2019, before the adverse impact of the COVID pandemic.
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Orfium acquires cue sheets management company Soundmouse

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Music technology platform Orfium has acquired London-based Soundmouse. The deal — the terms of which were not disclosed — brings together "the global market leaders in digital music and broadcast rights management and reporting," according to Orfium.

Orfium said that the combination of Soundmouse’s leadership in cue sheet management and monitoring for the broadcast and entertainment production space with Orfium's expertise in UGC tracking and claiming for publishers, labels and product...

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Revelator picks Stripe to provide NFT payment infrastructure

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Rights management platform Revelator has partnered with Stripe to provide payment infrastructure for NFTs.

Stripe will allow people to use a credit card to purchase digital collectibles directly from artists, with no additional digital wallet required. "By offering fans the ability to purchase using their credit cards, Revelator has optimised for simplicity and conversion of web2 users into web3 buyers," said the company in a statement.

Revelator’s platform has integrated web3 functio...

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