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The war in Ukraine forces the creative sector to redefine its business relationships with Russia

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The continuous war in Ukraine has led to a unanimous wave of condemnation from the creative sector, with many companies or organisations severing business ties with Russia.

All three majors — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group — have announced that it would suspend all operations in Russia in reaction to the war in Ukraine.

“Effective immediately, we are suspending all operations in Russia and closing our offices there,” said the UMG...

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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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Luke Armitage promoted to Senior Vice President at EDM label Astralwerks

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Astralwerks has promoted Luke Armitage Senior Vice President after four years as Vice President of Marketing of the dance and electronic music label, part of Capitol Music Group.

Based in Hollywood, he reports to Astralwerks President Toby Andrews. In his new role, he will be charged with overseeing global marketing and daily operations for the label and its oversees brands, which includes Astralwerks Asia.

“Luke has been integral to the growth and success of Astralwerks since he joi...

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Big Machine Music signs Anna Vaus to an exclusive songwriting agreement

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Big Machine Music (BMM) has signed singer-songwriter Anna Vaus to an exclusive songwriting agreement.

Vaus' songs have since been recorded by Carly Pearce ('Lightning In A Bottle') and Abby Anderson ('Bad Posture'), among others. Vaus’ frequent collaborators include Jessie Jo Dillon, Brandy Clark and Luke Laird.

“We have admired Anna’s unique songwriting from afar for years and are so excited for the opportunity to work together directly,” said BMM General Manager Mike Molinar. BMM’s ro...

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MUSEXPO to be held in Burbank, CA March 19-22, 2023 with a focus on A&R and sync

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Music industry conference and showcase MUSEXPO will be held at the Castaway venue in Burbank, California March 19-22, 2023. 

MUSEXPO includes the Global Synch Summit — which is a window on the business of synchronisation in films, TV shows, advertising and non-scripted content — and the A&R Summit.

"MUSEXPO will look to deliver an unparalleled overview of the global music business from A&R, publishing, digital, streaming, brands, synch, live, management, distribution, multi-media,...

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