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Iconic Artists Group acquires a ‘broad range of rights’ from Nat King Cole’s estate

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Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group has reached an agreement with the family of the late Nat King Cole to "manage, protect, preserve, and expand Nat King Cole’s groundbreaking legacy to new generations."

The deal encompasses "a broad range of rights" from the jazz singer and pianist's career including his recorded music, publishing, television shows, and name and likeness.

“We’re delighted to entrust our father’s legacy to Irving Azoff and the team at Iconic. Through the years, it’s been...

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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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Main Stories — Week 22, 2022

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These are the main stories published by Creative Industries News in the previous week.

LEAD STORIES
SCAPR’s General Assembly agenda dominated by the suspension of Russian member VOIS, data projects, remuneration of creators and WIPO collaboration
The USA’s Copyright Claims Board will start accepting claims on June 16, 2022
Japan plans to facilitate the use of works whose rights holders are hard to identify
Canada’s advocacy group Digital First Canada under fire for ‘conflict of interest’
Mariah Carey sued over ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by someone who wrote a song titled ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
Toots Hibbert’s estate loses cases in Jamaican court about the ownership of recordings from the Droop Lion project
CISAC’s GA elects new Board and re-admits Turkish societies MESAM and MSG
SoundExchange unveils new resources for its members, publishers and DSPs
Feed Media Group inks licensing deal with Songtrust
Gracenote launches its Streaming Channels Data service to monitor online TV offers
Virgin Music Label & Artist Services launches in Africa with over 15,000 titles
Dapper Labs achieves integration with RCRDSHP to provide access to digital collectibles to 2 million users

BRIEF NEWS
– Turkey opens discussion with Google about the use and remuneration of news content
– Germany’s Federal Court of Justice holds YouTube liable for content uploads
– US Copyright Office sued for declining to register a work created with AI
– AIMP has announced the full line-up of the Global Music Publishing Summit
– IMPF is launching an annual music business conference and writing camp

DEALS
– Take That member Mark Owen has signed a wide-ranging global deal with BMG
– Primary Wave Music to acquire the music publishing catalogue of The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas
– Angry Mob Music Group has inked a worldwide administration deal with Just A Gent 
– peermusic has signed Luis Enrique to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal
– Warner Chappell Music has extended its worldwide publishing deal with songwriter Jessi Alexander
– Warner Music Poland has taken a minority stake in concert and festival promoter BIG Idea

IN THE NEWS
– Audio Up has appointed Kate London as its new Head of Music Legal & Business Affairs
– Warner Music Nashville Chairman and CEO John Esposito will be stepping down at the end of 2022
– Juan Paz has been appointed as Apple Music‘s new Global Head of Latin Music Business
– The General Assembly of UNAC has elected its new board and renewed composer Laurent Juillet as its President
– Spinnin Records has restructured its marketing department under the leadership of Susanne Hazendonk
– Nobuyuki Idei, the former Japanese Chief Executive of SonyGroup Corp between 1995 and 2005, has died at the age of 84
– Universal Music Greater China (UMGC) has appointed Carol Ding as SVP & Head of Digital and Commercial

INTERVIEWS

In case you missed it, Creative Industries News published recent Q&As with:
– Bruno Guez (Revelator)
Andrea C Martin (PRS for Music)
Cécile Rap-Veber (SACEM)
Molly Neuman (Songtrust)
Jordi Puy (Unison)
Olivier Chastan (Iconoclast)
Ken Umezaki (Verifi)
Spek (PopArabia)

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Musical Chairs — Week 20, 2022

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Faze Clan's Zach Katz

Zach Katz has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer at FaZe Clan, the esports and entertainment platform. Katz, a former BMG executive, will oversee FaZe Clan’s content, talent, merchandise, consumer goods, sponsorships and esports businesses. Katz reports to FaZe Clan CEO Lee Trink.

Mike Van has been appointed President of music trade magazine Billboard. Van was previously Billboard‘s Executive Vice President and Head of...

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Music Deals — Week 18, 2022

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NASDAQ-listed music company Reservoir Media has signed producer and songwriter Dan Nakamura, known as Dan the Automator, to a worldwide publishing deal. The new deal — terms of which were not disclosed — includes Nakamura’s catalogue and future works and expands the scope of an existing publishing relationship that has existed between Reservoir and Nakamura since 2012. Nakamura said, “I’m looking forward to continuing and expanding my relationship with Reservoir and I am excited to see what the...

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