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Roblox agreement with BMG brings the fourth largest music catalogue to the video gaming platform

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Bertelsmann's music division BMG has signed a strategic agreement with Robloxthat puts an end to BMG claims relating to the use of its publishing and recording catalogues by the video gaming platform.

The statement issued by the two companies is scarce on details about the agreement, but it can be assumed that from now on, BMG's repertoire is going to be fully licensed for use on the platform. The statement does not specify either if a settlement was paid to BMG by Roblox. Interestingly, BM...

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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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Fitness platform Metal Workout inks licensing agreement with Tuned Global

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The metal-themed fitness app Metal Workout has partnered with Tuned Global to use the the B2B service company's API services and playlisting tool.

"Tuned Global’s tools will ensure Metal Workout’s on-demand video workouts for metalheads deliver the best user experience," said the company.

“Fitness went digital during the pandemic but is now experiencing deep differentiation as apps and platforms find their audiences. Many of those audiences are defined and motivated by music,” ex...

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Rotana signs licensing deal with TikTok

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Arabic music powerhouse Rotana Music Group has signed a licensing agreement with TikTok, which will make Rotana’s Arab music catalogue available on the short format platform.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Rotana Music Group, established in 1993, has grown to become the largest record label and music repertoire holder in the Arab world. Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the company has branches in Jeddah, Dubai, Kuwait, Cairo and Beirut. Warner Music Group bought a minority...

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LyricFind promotes Roy Hennig to SVP of Sales and Nik McLeod to VP of Publishing

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Canada-based lyrics licensing platform LyricFind has promoted Roy Hennig (pictured, left) to Senior Vice President of Sales, and Nik McLeod (pictured, right) as Vice President of Publishing.

Hennig reports to LyricFind’s Founder and CEO Darryl Ballantyne, while McLeod reports into Robert Singerman, LyricFind's SVP of International Publishing.

Hennig has been part of the LyricFind team since 2009 in a variety of Sales roles. The company said that Henning's leadership of the LyricFind S...

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