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Main stories — Week 29, 2022

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Here’s a list of the main stories published by Creative Industries News in the past week.

LEAD STORIES
European Commission launches a ‘call for evidence’ on the remuneration of sound recordings from non-EU countries
Reps. Johnson and Bowman introduce the RAP Act to protect artists from the wrongful use of lyrics in court cases
Nigeria’s National Assembly has passed the New Copyright Act of 2022
US Federal Trade Commission sues to block Meta’s acquisition of Within Unlimited
DACS expresses ‘concern’ at the UK’s new text and data mining exception to copyright
Bright House Networks and major record labels settle copyright infringement case
OpenPlay’s Sessions tool set now supports the uploading and storage of stem files
7digital and Utopia Music sign data pact
TPG invests in data platform Musixmatch
Universal Music Group posted consistent growth in revenues in Q2 2022
Spotify cruises through Q2 2022 with growth in subscribers and revenues
Serenade launches new NFT music format Digital Pressing with a release from Muse
MELON closes $5 million seed round
Meta Platforms posted first year-on-year decline in revenue — CEO Mark Zuckerberg blames ‘economic downturn’
Alphabet’s revenues were up 13% while profits were down 14% in Q2 2022
Snap launches the Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund to help emerging artists
Facebook introduces a Music Revenue Sharing scheme for video creators

BRIEF NEWS
– Qatar takes on the Presidency of the Executive Committee of the Berne Union
– The US Copyright Office has expanded access to the general public for the electronic processing of documents
– BREIN settles with four IPTV providers
– IMPEL and CMRRA/SX Works are finalising a strategic partnership
– MCPS announces a 10% reduction in its commission rates for all members
– BMI renews partnership with C3 Presents
– Mandolin launches Fan Navigator and Fan Pages to activate fandom and drive revenue
– Vivendi plans to divest from Editis to secure the acquisition of Lagardere Group
– ByteDance files for ‘TikTok Music’ trademark with the USPTO
– Overtune has closed a $2 million seed round
– Amazon grows advertising revenues in Q2 2022 despite tougher market conditions
– Apple’s total subscriptions jumped 23% to 860 million at the end of June 2022

DEALS
– Warner Chappell Music signs Stromae’s Mosaert to a worldwide administration deal
– BAM Music acquires French production music specialist Encore Merci
– Exceleration closes its first deal in Europe with the acquisition of Dutch indie Heroic Music Group’s catalogue
– Reservoir acquires music rights catalogues from Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum
– Sony Music Publishing signs Em Beihold to a worldwide publishing agreement
– Kobalt renews global publishing admin agreement with Rogét Chahayed
– Made in Memphis Entertainment inks publishing deal with Power Entertainment

IN THE NEWS
– SoundExchange has promoted Luis Bonilla to Chief Technology Officer
– The RIAA has hiried Erin Burr as VP of Media Relations; Jonathan Mancera as Digital Strategist; and Ashley Donald as Studio and Stage Manager
– Gary Helsinger has been appointed SVP Licensing & Creative at Melodie
– Soundstripe names Josh Collum as Senior Director of Publishing in Nashville
– Chris Mohr named Interim President of the Software and Information Industry Ass.
– PRS for Music has appointed Laura Mvula to the society’s Members’ Council
– Beatport appoints Matt Gralen as CFO
– PPL has promoted Kate Reilly to Chief Membership and People Officer
– Curve Royalty Systems adds Mhairi Palmer and Britt Timmerman to its executive team

OPINION
Susan Cotchin (Good Neighbour Rights): ‘Australia’s decision to limit the application of Art. 15 of WPPT has impacted Australian artists in a big way’

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)

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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Concord acquires the publishing and recorded music catalogues from Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford

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Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have sold their publishing and recorded music catalogues as well as the publishing and recorded music catalogue from their years in the band Genesis to independent music company Concord.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "This announcement reaffirms that Concord is the natural home for artists and songwriters seeking continued focus on their extraordinary legacies," said the company is a statement.

Concord, which has entertained a po...

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Music deals — Week 37, 2022

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Blackway and the Position/Hive team

Ghanian rapper Blackway has signed an exclusive global record and co-publishing deal with Position Music/Hive Music. Blackway is most known for his work on the single ‘What’s Up Danger’ with Black Caviar, which was featured in the 2018 film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. “For about a year and a half, the entire team at Position Music and Hive Music have shown me immense support and provided me with amazing opportunities,” says Blackway. “They have he...

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Quotes of the week — Week 37, 2022

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"I don't know what to say. What a dump."By Elton John, taking to the stage at the White House where he was presented by President Joe Biden with the National Humanities Medal, during an event on the South Lawn of the White House, drawing laughter from the audience. He went on to perform 'Your Song', 'Rocket Man', 'Tiny Dancer' and 'Crocodile Rock'. John was unaware that he was receiving a medal as President Biden and first lady Jill Biden invited him to the White House to thank him for his musi...

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