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Napster Group prepares for the launch of a new platform combining Napster and MelodyVR

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By Emmanuel LegrandNapster Group, the London-based company that was set up in December 2020 following the completion of the merger of virtual reality specialist MelodyVR and music streaming platform Napster, is preparing for the launch of a new Napster-branded platform combining the two businesses, which for the moment continue to exist as stand-alone operations. No date has been announced by the company for the launch of the new platform, other than "later this year," according to a recent "op...

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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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Deezer CEO Jeronimo Folgueira to leave the streaming service at the end of March

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Jeronimo Folgueira, the CEO of Deezer, will leave the Paris Euronext-listed music streaming service at the end of March 2024, according to a statement from the company's Board of Directors.

Deezer said Folgueira has decided "to resign to pursue personal projects" and the Board of Directors is "currently in the process of nominating a new CEO, who will be announced in due course." The company added that Folgueira will continue to fulfill his duties as CEO until his departure at the end of Mar...

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Colin Rushing named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at DiMA

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The Digital Media Association (DiMA) has appointed Colin Rushing to the newly established position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He reports to newly appointed President and CEO Graham Davies.

“I am thrilled for Colin to join DiMA as we embark on our new strategy," Davies said. "He brings all his invaluable expertise of US copyright law and a reputation for achieving consensus solutions. Colin’s knowledge of the US licensing system combined with his passion for championing ...

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IMPALA urges Apple to reconsider plans to enhance royalty rates via spatial audio

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European independent music companies' organisation IMPALA has described Apple Music's proposal to apply a 10% stream rate uplift for music available in spatial audio as a move that will have "negative consequences for parts of the industry, particularly for independent labels and their artists."

“We support moves by services to recognise sound quality in a way that is objectively fair and sustainable," said IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith. "Our invitation to Apple on this proposal is to...

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