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UMG and Genies will develop avatars and digital wearables for artists

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has sealed an expansive global partnership with avatar technology company Genies to develop avatars and digital wearables for UMG’s artist roster.

The agreement will be building on the companies’ "early collaborations to bring recording artists into the metaverse." The two partners previously created virtual identities for artists such as Justin Bieber (Def Jam), J Balvin (Republic), Rihanna (RocNation), Shawn Mendes (Island) and Migos (Quality Control/Motown), a...

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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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British industry reacts to CMA’s report on the economy of music streaming

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Different segments of the British music industry have reacted to the decision from the Competition & Markets Authority to abstain from moving into a full investigation into the economics of music streaming.

The CMA found that the market worked for consumers, but did acknowledge that there were issues related to the sharing of value from music streaming, which should be addressed by policy-makers.

Here's an overview of the comments:

Paul Pacifico, CEO of the Association of Independe...

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Reservoir Media joins the ICMP board

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NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has joined the board of ICMP, the global trade body representing the music publishing industry.

Reservoir Media's President and Chief Operating Officer Rell Lafargue will join the ICMP board, chaired by Universal Music Publishing's Jackie Alway. Reservoir was founded in 2007 and represents over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings.

“ICMP is delighted to welcome Reservoir President and COO Rell Lafargue to our Board. ...

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Kobalt signs venbee to a global admin deal

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Kobalt has signed English songwriter and performer Erin Doyle, better known by her stage name venbee, to a worldwide publishing administration agreement. The deal includes global synch and creative services for her catalogue and future songs.

venbee's single 'low down' has reached over 13 million plays on Spotify streams since its release, as well as 24 million TikTok views. venbee said, “I’m very excited to start my first publishing journey with Kobalt, and I’m excited to continue writing s...

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