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Sony Music exits the Russian market

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Sony Music Entertainment — which decided to suspend its operations in Russia on March 8, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine — has decided to formally leave the Russian music market and shut down its operations in Moscow.

In a statement, seen by Billboard, Sony Music said that it had “made the decision to exit the Russian marketplace completely and transfer the Russian company and its local roster to local management. As the war continues to have a devastating humanitarian impact in Ukrai...

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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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IDOL ramps up its North American business

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France's independent digital distributor and services company for labels and artists IDOL has strengthened its North American division by hiring a US Label & Project Manager, Mandy Freebairn, and signing two new agreements with Le Plan Recordings and Old Soul Music.

As Label & Project Manager, Freebairn joins IDOL's US team to support its growing North American repertoire of artists and labels, as well as increase its marketing offering in the region. Based in New York, Freebairn wil...

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India’s Tips Industries expands distribution agreement with Warner Music Group

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Warner Music Group has expanded its distribution agreement with India’s music company Tips Industries.

Warner Music has been exclusively distributing Tips Music’s 13,000+ strong Hindi catalogue since 2020. This new deal will now see Warner Music take on the commercial and distribution responsibilities for all of Mumbai-based Tips Music’s frontline and catalogue music.

“Warner Music has been our trusted partner for the last few years and it has worked very well for both of us," sai...

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Universal Music Publishing Nashville signs Dylan Gossett to a global publishing deal

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Universal Music Publishing Nashville (UMPG) has signed singer and songwriter Dylan Gossett to an exclusive, global publishing agreement.

“From my first meeting with Troy Tomlinson [Chairman and CEO of UMPG Nashville], Roxy King [Director A&R at UMPG Nashville], and the UMPG Nashville team, I knew they were the perfect creative partner," said Gossett. "They have been passionate supporters of my songs since day one and I could not be more excited to have Roxy and the whole UMPG team in my ...

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