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Facebook joins DDEX as a Charter Member and gets a seat at the Board of Directors

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Facebook has joined DDEX as a Charter Member of the international data standards-setting organisation.

  Facebook, which owns and operates platforms such as WhatsApp and Oculus VR, has appointed Dan Simpson from its Music Operations to the DDEX Board of Directors.

  "Facebook values the work of DDEX in creating metadata standards for the music industry, and I'm pleased to join their Board in support of this effort," said Simpson. "With more people than ever turning to online ent...

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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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Bad Bunny tops Spotify Wrapped’s listing as most streamed artist in 2022

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Bad Bunny's songs captured over 18.5 billion streams globally on Spotify during the period from from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, making the Puerto Rican artist the most-streamed act globally in 2022, according to Spotify Wrapped, which compiles data from the music streaming service.

The rest of the top 5 most streamed acts includes Taylor Swift, followed by Drake, The Weeknd and BTS. It's the second year in a row that Bad Bunny tops the year-end most-streamed listing, except that he had 9.5 billion...

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Apple Music encourages ISNI submissions

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Apple Music is encouraging the submission of International Standard Name Identifiers (ISNIs) as part of its standard content delivery workflows.

The ISNI International Agency (ISNI-IA) said Apple informed its label partners and other music sector organisations about the decision. ISNI is an ISO-certified, global standard number for identifying contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution, including researchers, inventors, writers, artists, visual creators, performers...

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IFPI’s Official MENA Chart highlights the most popular streamed songs in the region

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The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has launched the inaugural weekly Official MENA Chart, which was topped by the track 'Calm Down' by Nigerian artist Rema, released by Universal Music Group.

"The Official MENA Chart is the first regional music streaming chart anywhere in the world and the first ever official chart in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)," said IFPI.

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The chart is compiled by data specialists BMAT, in accordance with IFPI’s global charts p...

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