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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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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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Universal Music Group in partnership with digital collectibles marketplace LimeWire

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In its initial incarnation and a peer-to-peer service, LimeWire had a few problems with rights holders, leading to the service shutting down; now, the platform is re-born as a digital collectibles marketplace and has signed a partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG).

As part of this partnership, UMG will provide licenses that will allow LimeWire to partner with UMG artists in order to launch music-based NFT projects utilising the LimeWire marketplace.

The two companies said they would...

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MENA music streaming service Anghami posted revenues up 16% to $30.5m in 2021

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Anghami — the leading music streaming platform in the Middle East and North Africa — has posted revenues of $35,5 million for fiscal year 2021, up 16% from $30.5m in 2020.

The company, which is listed on the NASDAQ stock market, experienced revenue growth in both revenue streams: Subscription revenue was up 4% to $25.7m in 2021; Advertising revenues grew by 70% to $9.8m.

Anghami's financial and user metrics for 2021

"Ad-Supported revenues for the year ended December 31, 2021, increase...

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Podcasts’ advertising revenues will hit the $2 billion mark in 2022 in the US

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Podcasts' estimated advertising revenues in the US in 2022 will exceed for the first time $2 billion in 2022, up 47% year-on-year, according to the sixth annual 'IAB US Podcast Advertising Revenue' study from the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

In 2023, the study predicts that the podcast advertising market will hit $3bn, and $4bn by 2024. The IAB said in the report that ad sales will grow at a significantly faster pace than the “total internet advertisin...

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