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Andrea Bocelli seals long-term direct recording deal with Universal Music Group

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Andrea Bocelli has announced an exclusive and expanded global recording agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG), which sees the Italian tenor signing directly to UMG for the first time, after more than 25 years of collaboration. Before this deal, Bocelli was signed to Italian label Sugar, with his recordings licensed to UMG.

UMG said the "expansive long-term multi-album deal" will "further solidify his position as today’s most successful and influential classical singer." The new multi-di...

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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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EU Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Thierry Breton to keynote GESAC’s conference Rebuilding Europe with Culture

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French artist Jean-Michel Jarre, former President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), European Parliament President David Sassoli, and European Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel are among the keynote speakers at the conference 'Rebuilding Europe with Culture' organised by GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers), in cooperation with MEP Christian Ehler and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP).

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Hyundai and Universal Music launch a talent accelerator in India

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Automobile company Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has partnered with Universal Music India (UMI) to launch Hyundai Spotlight, described as "a platform for budding artists across India to showcase their talent to the nation."

Hyundai Spotlight's goal is to help emerging talents "with the best Artists and Repertoire advice with international video production quality and promotions by leveraging UMI’s partner relations and their efforts."

This platform will be featuring six original son...

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Audiobooks producer RBmedia acquires distribution platform Author’s Republic

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RBmedia, the ​world's ​largest ​producer of ​audioboo​ks​ in the world,​ has acqui​red Author’s Republic, a distribution platform of audiobooks for self-published authors. As part of the deal, RBmedia also acquired Novel Audio, a small audiobook publishing imprint operated by the Author’s Republic team.​ ​

RBmedia​ said that through​ this acquisition, ​it ​"​extends its ability to ensure all top-quality audiobooks are available everywhere to everyone via every major outlet.​"​ 

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