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Roku sets shop in Amsterdam

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Video streaming player ​Roku ​has establish​ed an office in the city of Amsterdam​, with the goal to expand its existing presence in The Netherlands ​and help support its international growth. The Amsterdam office will be located on Weteringschans and offers space for up to 150 employees.

“TV streaming is a global phenomenon, and international growth is a key focus area for us,” said Arthur van Rest, VP International at Roku. “Attracting the right people is crucial to our success, and we be...

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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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Spotify will charge Premium subscribers in France an additional €0.13/month to account for the new tax on music streaming

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Spotify has informed its Premium subscribers in France that, from July 1, subscription rates will increase between €0.07 and €0.22 per month, depending on the plan.

The Premium subscription, previously costing €10.99 will be raised to €11.12/month (a €0.13increase); the Duo option will cost €15.17/month, up €0.18; the Family plan will increase by €0.22 to €18.21; and the Student offer will cost €0.07 more to €6.06.

The music streaming platform said the increase is designed "to cover the ...

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Music deals — Week 21, 2024

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Here's a list of the main deals announced this week:

WCM’s Damian Trotter and Kevin Parker

Sony Music Publishing (SMP) has acquired the catalogue of songs from singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, the frontman of Australian rock band Tame Impala. The deal — the terms of which were not disclosed — expands SMP’s longstanding partnership with Parker. SMP has been representing Parker’s entire catalogue of songs since 2009 and will continue to represent his futur...

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Quotes of the week — Week 21, 2024

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"Nine months later, my friends, family and the general public all noted how much the newest system named 'Sky' sounded like me. When I heard the released demo, I was shocked, angered and in disbelief that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and news outlets could not tell the difference."By American actress Scarlett Johansson, reacting to the release of 'Sky', a voice created by artificial intelligence by OpenAI's ChatGPT system that so...

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