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Spotify and Samsung renew and expand their partnership covering phones and TVs

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Spotify has renewed and expanded its 2018 partnership with electronic manifacturer Samsung, in a deal that will see the music streaming app pre-installed on Samsung's TV sets and mobile phones, and additional cross-platform integrations involving Samsung's wider range of products.

"Since 2018, Spotify and Samsung have been a match made in heaven," said Spotify in a blogpost. "The partnership between the two has allowed Samsung users to seamlessly connect their devices so that the music never...

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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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Warner Chappell Music seals partnership with web3 entertainment incubator Defient to develop blockchain-powered projects

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Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing division of Warner Music Group, has entered into an agreement with Defient, a web3 entertainment incubator for the next generation of creativity, covering blockchain projects, among others.

WCM said it was "a first-of-its-kind" partnership that will "empower WCM’s songwriters and producers to explore new opportunities and unlock more value by engaging the web3 space and leveraging blockchain technology."

Warner Chappell and Defient’s first proj...

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NetEase Cloud Music renews licensing agreement with Japan’s Avex

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China's music streaming service NetEase Cloud Music has renewed its licensing agreement with Japanese entertainment company Avex, granting NetEase Cloud Music access to Avex's music catalogue in China.

According to NetEase, both parties will collaborate "to promote the presence of prominent and fan-favorite J-pop artists and content" and "utilise their advantages to unlock more opportunities and bring fans closer."

NetEase said Cloud Music has been "actively broadening its portfolio...

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Quotes of the week — Week 46, 2022

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"I’ve had a bad month.”By Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and CEO of bankrupt crypto platform FTX, speaking at the New York Times' DealBook Summit, in his first public appearance since the collapse of his company amid allegations of fund mismanagement.

“The fact that companies have to deliver their apps exclusively from platforms controlled by competitors — there is a conflict of interest there.”By Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, expla...

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