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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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Splice taps Kenny Ochoa as Senior Vice President of Content

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Music industry veteran Kenny Ochoa has been appointed Senior Vice President of Content at lincensing platform Splice. In his new role, Ochoa will oversee Splice’s global content team.

Based in Los Angeles, Ochoa will report to Splice CEO Kakul Srivastava, He will contribute to grow Splice's catalogue of royalty-free human-made samples. Ochoa’s scope will also include "responsibility for Splice’s content pipeline, building out robust Artist Partnerships and driving the platform’s overall indu...

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UMG’s Mercury Studios secures the rights to the ‘Live from Abbey Road’ series

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Universal Music Group's content production unit Mercury Studios has acquired the rights to distribute the concert series 'Live from Abbey Road'. Mercury will represent the series globally after a decade off-screen.

'Live From Abbey Road' was produced by Michael Gleason between 2006-2012, with a hybrid performance/documentary format showcasing many of the world's most popular acts within the Abbey Road studios. The show mixes live performance and interviews. It attracted an original global au...

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Collective Management Organisations

Greg Aiello replaces Andrea Gray as Managing Director of PPL PRS Limited

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British music rights society PRS for Music and neighbouring rights society PPL have appointed Greg Aiello as Managing Director of their joint venture PPL PRS Limited, which collects performance rights on behalf of borh organisations.

Aiello — who was Commercial Director at PPL PRS - takes over from Andrea Gray, who has decided "to step down" after almost five years in the job, according to a statement from PPL PRS. Gray was the inaugural leader of PPL PRS, overseeing the establishment of the...

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