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UMG combines its artist and services resources under the Virgin brand

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has consolidated its artist services division under the new brand Virgin Music Label & Artist Services. The new artist and label services' global network has been inspired and influenced "by the spirit and ethos of the iconic Virgin Records label," the company founded in 1972 by Richard Branson and Simon Draper. "Virgin has long been a name synonymous with disruptive innovation, musical creativity and entrepreneurialism," said UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge...

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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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Taylor Swift tops IFPI’s 2023 Global Recording Artist of the Year Award

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Taylor Swift was the winner of IFPI’s 2023 Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, which is based on artist’s or group’s worldwide sales across streaming, download and physical music formats during the calendar year and covering their entire body of work, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry..

This year marks the 11th year of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, with Swift being the artist who has topped the chart more than any other arti...

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Position Music acquires selected publishing works of French artist Gesaffelstein

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Independent music company Position Music has acquired a portion of the publishing catalogue of French artist, DJ and producer Gesaffelstein, a.k.a. Mike Levy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gesaffelstein retains his future royalties and is currently signed to Sony Music Publishing and Columbia Records. In the agreement, Position Music will own and administer the publishing rights of Gesaffelstein's catalogue prior to his Sony Music Publishing deal, giving Position Music publishing rig...

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Kings of Convenience sign with p.r.o. agency for their global neighbouring rights

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German neighbouring rights management agency p.r.o. agency has signed Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience — Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe — to a representation agreement for their neighbouring rights, The deal also includes Øye's neighbouring rights as a solo artist.

Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe commented: "We are very pleased to be part of p.r.o. agency and to work with their team." p.r.o. agency will now collect on behalf of the band royalties from the use of their sound recordings b...

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