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Primary Wave Music and Unblocked partner to create NFTs starting with Cypress Hill

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Music rights management company Primary Wave Music has partnered with Unblocked — also known as The Non Fungible Token Company (NFTCo) — to release digital collectibles focusing on the company's roster. Primary Wave is also an investor in Unblocked.

Unblocked credo is to democratise NFTs with experiences that "aim to also build fan communities with exclusive rewards such as talent meet-and-greets, signed merchandise, and recording sessions with artists."

The first joint project is related...

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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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Netflix’s share price stumbles as the video streaming service faces increasing competition

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Netflix shares went down 22% at the end Friday January 21, following disclosure that subscription growth is slowing down and that the video streaming service is facing increasing competition in the US and abroad. On Monday Jan. 24, the share price dropped another 2.6%.

The drop in value wiped out some $45-50 billion of Netflix's market value. Netflix reported it added 8.28 million global paid net subscriber during Q4 2021, which was within market expectations, but the company also said it wo...

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OpenPlay names Jonathan Bender Chief Operating and Growth Officer

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Los Angeles-based platform for asset and catalogue management OpenPlay has hired former SoundExchange executive Jonathan Bender as Chief Operating and Growth Officer.

In his new role, Bender will oversee client operations and expansion of the business into new markets both in the US and globally. OpenPlay said Bender brings "an unparalleled wealth of experience to OpenPlay which will be invaluable as it expands its client base and service offerings."

“OpenPlay is by far the most adva...

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Adaptr signs music licensing deal with British indie Beggars Group

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B2B music licensing service Feed Media Group, operator of subscription-based platform Adaptr, has signed a music licensing deal with British independent music company Beggars Group.

Adaptr provides start-ups with pre-cleared licensed music to drive their businesses. "This deal with Beggars provides access to the company’s vast catalogue of critically acclaimed and influential artists," said the two companies in a statement. Beggars Group includes independent labels such as 4AD, Matador, Roug...

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