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Music Deals — Week 29 2021

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Warner Music Group has acquired the assets of 12Tone Music, the independent music company founded in 2018 by former Universal Music Group's Chairman and CEO Doug Morris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Warner said that Morris will continue to be "actively engaged in the day-to-day activities of 12Tone Music and its artists." 12Tone was distributed by WMG's services company for the independent sector ADA. Its roster includes Dolly Parton, Anderson Paak, the&nb...

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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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Downtown Music appoints Molly Neuman as the new President of CD Baby

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Molly Neuman has been appointed President of Downtown Music's Direct-to-Creator division CD Baby. She succeeds the online distributor of independent music’s previous President, Scott Williams, who will remain on as a consultant to Downtown and CD Baby.

The company said the appointment of Neuman — who will oversee both of Downtown’s Direct-to-Creator brands, CD Baby and Soundrop — "solidifies Downtown's commitment to empowering independent artists globally." Neuman joins CD Baby from Downtown...

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Richard Burgess will step down in 2026 after ten years as President/CEO of A2IM

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Richard James Burgess announced that he planned to step down in January 2026 from his role as President and CEO of A2IM, the United States' independent labels' group, to coincide with a decade as the leader of the New York-based organisation.

Burgess' announced his decision at the end of A2IM's Annual General Meeting, which closed the A2IM Indie Week 2024 in New York. Burgess said that after ten years in the job, there were "other ventures" he wanted to pursue, without giving more details.

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NMPA takes Spotify’s audiobooks bundle case to the Federal Trade Commission

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The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a complaint against Spotify with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the streaming services' decision to reclassify a new offer as a "bundle" by providing audiobooks to consumers.

The NMPA argued in a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan that Spotify has "engaged in a scheme to increase profits by deceiving consumers and cheating the music royalty system."

David Israelite, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NMPA, d...

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