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UMG/Interscope sign deal with HYBE to distribute BTS records in the USA

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South Korea's HYBE-owned label BigHit Music, home to K-pop band BTS, has switched distribution partners in the US by signing a new deal with Universal Music Group and Interscope, effective December 1.

BTS records were previously handled by Sony Music‘s Columbia Records and its affiliate The Orchard, specialised in the distribution and services to the independent sector.

A HYBE spokesperson told MBW: “We have decided to sign a new deal with Universal Music Group/Interscope regarding dist...

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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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