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Musical Chairs — Week 13 2021

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GLOBALAlfonso Perez-Soto has been appointed President, Emerging Markets at Warner Recorded Music. His brief covers Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, India and South Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. Perez-Soto, who has been with Warner since 2005, was EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2018. He reports to WMG's President, International Simon Robson.USABob Valentine, the CFO of US independent music company Concord, has been promoted to Preside...

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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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Reservoir Media joins the ICMP board

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NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has joined the board of ICMP, the global trade body representing the music publishing industry.

Reservoir Media's President and Chief Operating Officer Rell Lafargue will join the ICMP board, chaired by Universal Music Publishing's Jackie Alway. Reservoir was founded in 2007 and represents over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings.

“ICMP is delighted to welcome Reservoir President and COO Rell Lafargue to our Board. ...

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Kobalt signs venbee to a global admin deal

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Kobalt has signed English songwriter and performer Erin Doyle, better known by her stage name venbee, to a worldwide publishing administration agreement. The deal includes global synch and creative services for her catalogue and future songs.

venbee's single 'low down' has reached over 13 million plays on Spotify streams since its release, as well as 24 million TikTok views. venbee said, “I’m very excited to start my first publishing journey with Kobalt, and I’m excited to continue writing s...

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Sony Music Publishing promotes Michèle Hamelink to Managing Director of Benelux

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Sony Music Publishing has appointed Michèle Hamelink as Managing Director of Benelux, effective immediately. She was Senior A&R Europe at the company.

Based in the company’s Benelux office, she reports to SMP's President, International Guy Henderson. As Managing Director, Hamelink is responsible for "overseeing and implementing creative strategy across Benelux; building and strengthening key relationships with clients, local societies, and industry partners; and expanding songwriter supp...

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