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Musical Chairs — Week 25 2021

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The Recording Academy, has appointed Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as Co-Presidents, effective Aug. 16, 2021. They will be part of President/CEO Harvey Mason jr.'s leadership team, alongside Chief Operating Officer Branden Chapman and Chief Industry Officer Ruby Marchand. Butterfield Jones, who was Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Academy, will continue to oversee the organisation's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts along with people and culture, m...

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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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Primary Wave to manage Stevie Van Zandt’s publishing and recorded music catalogues

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Primary Wave Music has announced a partnership with legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Stevie Van Zandt, in a "multi-million dollar deal" that will see Primary Wave manage Van Zandt’s music publishing and recorded music catalogues, as well as a portion of his name and likeness rights.

The deal also includes a stake in Van Zandt’s producer royalties from his work with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, along with band member and producer royalties from his collaboration with Bruce...

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Kok-Siew Yeo appointed Managing Director of Warner Music Taiwan

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Meta executive Kok-Siew Yeo was named Managing Director of Warner Music Taiwan. Based in Taipei, he report to Chris Gobalakrishna and Jonathan Serbin, co-Presidents of Warner Music Asia.

In his new role, Yeo will be overseeing the company’s operation in Taiwan and strengthen its position in the Mandopop genre. he will also become a core member of Warner Music’s regional executive team.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kok-Siew to Warner Music. He brings a unique breadth of expertise acr...

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Rep. Darrell Issa named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was elected chairman of the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.

Issa was named in 2021 as the Ranking Member on the subcommittee. Issa previously served as the Subcommittee Chair in the 114th-115th Congresses.

In the past few years, he helped develop and pass legislation including the CLASSICS Act and numerous bills regarding patents and trademarks. More recently, he co-sponsored, alongside Congressman Jerry Nadle...

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