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Boomplay extends deal with Universal Music Group to 47 African countries

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By Emmanuel LegrandBoomplay, the music streaming and download service targeting African consumers, and Universal Music Group (UMG) have signed a new licensing agreement that will cover new markets on the continent, including South Africa, Ethiopia, C?te d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Senegal. "This agreement underscores UMG's ongoing commitment to support and grow Africa's domestic music ecosystems, while also creating new opportunities for Pan-African talent to reach new audiences domestically, regi...

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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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Tom Stingemore launches synchronisation process platform ALLOY Sync Distro

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Music industry veteran Tom Stingemore has launched ALLOY Sync Distro, which he describes as "a new platform which unifies the music business’ sync deal parameters into one industry-standard format."

Stingemore, a former Global President of Sync & Creative at Hipgnosis, said the new platform will "streamline, simplify and modernise the worldwide sync licensing and approvals process."

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ALLOY has been built "in conjunction with the music industry" said the compan...

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US Copyright Office launches review of the designations of the mechanical licensing collective and digital licensee coordinator

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The US Copyright Office has launched an inquiry into the organisations that administer the blanket mechanical license in the United states — the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) and the Digital Licensee Coordinator (DLC) — pursuant to the Music Modernisation Act on 2018.

The MLC administers the blanket compulsory mechanical license available to eligible streaming and download services (DSPs) in the United States. The DLC, also established under the MMA, serves as the representative...

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Universal Music Group prepares to remove its repertoire from TikTok as licensing negotiations come to a halt

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Universal Music Group — the largest music company in the world — is getting ready to pull out its repertoire from social media platform TikTok and its associated music streaming service TikTok Music, following a breakdown in the licensing negotiations between the two parties.

In an open letter to its artists and songwriters titled 'Why We Must Call Time Out on TikTok', UMG has said that it was seeking appropriate remuneration for the use of music by the services, and also answers to its conc...

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