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Snap closes licensing agreement with Sony Music Entertainment

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Snapchat parent company Snap has inked a licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment, bringing to the community of Snapchatters the possibility to use the repertoire from the world's second largest music company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With the Sony Music deal in place, Snap now has agreements with all three majors, and with independent label's licensing body Merlin, as well as with members of the National Music Publishers Association..

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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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UMG’s Mercury Studios secures the rights to the ‘Live from Abbey Road’ series

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Universal Music Group's content production unit Mercury Studios has acquired the rights to distribute the concert series 'Live from Abbey Road'. Mercury will represent the series globally after a decade off-screen.

'Live From Abbey Road' was produced by Michael Gleason between 2006-2012, with a hybrid performance/documentary format showcasing many of the world's most popular acts within the Abbey Road studios. The show mixes live performance and interviews. It attracted an original global au...

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Greg Aiello replaces Andrea Gray as Managing Director of PPL PRS Limited

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British music rights society PRS for Music and neighbouring rights society PPL have appointed Greg Aiello as Managing Director of their joint venture PPL PRS Limited, which collects performance rights on behalf of borh organisations.

Aiello — who was Commercial Director at PPL PRS - takes over from Andrea Gray, who has decided "to step down" after almost five years in the job, according to a statement from PPL PRS. Gray was the inaugural leader of PPL PRS, overseeing the establishment of the...

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IMRO renews its partnership with ICE and prepares for monthly royalty distributions

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The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has extended its agreement with digital music licensing hub ICE (International Copyright Enterprise) over a new multi-year period.

"This extension highlights the continued success of the partnership between IMRO and ICE, and underscores IMRO's dedication to providing its members with the best possible service in the digital age," said the Dublin-based society in a statement.

IMRO's Victor Finn

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