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Sony Music Publishing opens office in Lagos with Godwin Tom as Managing Director

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Sony Music Publishing is expanding its operations in Africa with the opening of a new office in Lagos, Nigeria and the appointment of Godwin Tom as Managing Director.

Godwin Tom will "further the company’s global reach and support its growing roster of songwriters and composers across the region." He reports to SMP President, International Guy Henderson.

Sony Music Publishing's Godwin Tom

Godwin Tom said, “I am honoured and humbled by the opportunity to work for the No. 1 music publis...

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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 takes a majority stake in Nigeria’s label Mavin Global

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken a majority share in Mavin Global, an independent music company from Nigeria. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of Q3 2024. The Lagos, Nigeria-based label was founded in 2012 by artist, producer, music executive and entrepreneur Michael Collins Ajereh (aka Don Jazzy), and many of the continent's Afrobeats artists.

Mavin's Don Jazzy

UNG said that Mavin wi...

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Disney and Reliance sign agreement to merge their media operations in India

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The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. will be merging their media operations in India. The two companies have signed a binding agreement, which will see Reliance's media unit and its affiliates will own at least 61% of the combined entity, according to a Bloomberg report.

According to the report, the stake split could still change depending "on how Disney’s other local assets are factored in by the time the deal is closed." The report also suggests Reliance — controlled by billion...

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Warner Music Group signs global recording deal with Bollywood artist Nora Fatehi

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Warner Music Group has signed Bollywood singer, dancer, and actress Nora Fatehi to an agreement to promote her global music career, working with teams in the US and across the world.

The deal is Fatehi's first agreement with a major global record company. She will remain signed to T-Series, the Indian music label and movie studio, for her Bollywood projects. Her recordings will be promoted globally through the WMG network of companies. WMG is focused on "expanding her fanbase through a range...

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