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Musical Chairs — Week 20 2021

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USAIndependent digital music distributor for independent artists TuneCore has appointed Becky Sebber as Chief Financial Officer. Based in New York, Sebber reports to Chief Operating Officer and Co-Head of TuneCore Matt Barrington. She joins from Conde Nast Entertainment where she was VP of Operations and Strategic Planning. At TuneCore, Sebber will oversee all Financial Operations across the company's central business units as well as its operations in 14 countries across 4 continents. She will...

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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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Warner Chappell Music signs The Red Clay Strays a global publishing agreement

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Country-rock band The Red Clay Strays have signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM).

With roots in Mobile, Alabama, The Red Clay Strays have been playing together since 2016. The band is comprised of lead singer Brandon Coleman, electric guitarist Zach Rishel, guitarist/vocalist Drew Nix, bassist Andrew Bishop, and drummer John Hall.

The band also includes its main songwriting partner and videographer Matthew Coleman, who commented: “We’re looking forward to part...

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Virgin Music Group names Cindy James General Manager for North America

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Virgin Music Group, Universal Music Group's services and distribution division for the independent sector, has promoted Cindy James to the position of General Manager of the company’s North American operations.

Based at Virgin Music Group’s global headquarters in Los Angeles, James most recently served as Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Marketing for Virgin Music. She joined the company as Head of Commercial Marketing for Caroline in 2019, before Caroline was merged into Virgin...

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Joseph Oerke promoted to Executive Vice President of Decca Records US

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Verve Label Group (VLG) — a division of Universal Music Group — has promoted Joseph Oerke to Executive Vice President, Decca Records US, effective immediately. Based in New York, he reports to Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Verve Label Group and Global Classics & Jazz at UMG.

Oerke, who’s been with the company for nearly 16 years, previously served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Artist Strategy at Decca Records US. "During his tenure Oerke has been at the helm of dramatic ...

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