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British creators challenge BPI’s claim that ‘nearly twice as many artists are now earning meaningful royalties compared to the CD era’

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British artists have started to question the assertion from British record labels' trade body the BPI — which represents the three major companies and independent labels — that thanks to streaming "nearly twice as many artists are now earning meaningful royalties compared to the CD era."

The BPI made this comment at the start of the year, as it presented data about music consumption in the UK in 2021. This is how the trade body explained how it reached its conclusion: "Well over 8,000 differ...

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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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Bella Union signs long-term global label solutions deal with Believe UK

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British independent label Bella Union has signed a global long-term, label solutions agreement with Believe UK, in a deal that incorporates new Bella Union releases and select catalogue.

As well as all-format digital and physical distribution, Believe will provide services to the label in the form of synchronisation, DSP and retail editorial and marketing partnerships, strategic release management, digital expertise and in-house technology, video and audience development, and ongoing advance...

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Marian Wolf promoted to SVP, Music Publishing, North America at BMG

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BMG has promoted Marian Wolf to Senior Vice President, Music Publishing, North America. In this new position, he will be in charge of BMG's publishing teams in North America, including publishing A&R in New York, Nashville and Canada.

Based in Los Angeles, Wolf will head BMG’s single largest business unit from, reporting to Thomas Scherer, recently appointed President, Global Catalogue Recordings and Music Publishing, North America.

Scherer said, “With Marian’s expertise and ...

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Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount no longer in merger talks — report

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Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global have reportedly put an end to their merger talks, according to CNBC, citing people familiar with the matter.

Paramount Global, controlled by Shari Redstone through the family holding National Amusements, has been entertaining the possibility to sell all of its media and entertainment assets — which include Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures, TV network CBS Entertainment, and various TV channels and assets from Viacom (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Cen...

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