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YouTube paid $6bn to the music industry in 2021-22 and pledges to be the sector’s #1 contributor of revenue by 2025

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YouTube has paid over $6 billion to the music industry in the 12 months between July 2021 and June 2022, according to the video streaming service's Head of Music Lyor Cohen.

In a blogpost, Cohen said that the 2022-22 payments were $2bn over what the Google-owned platform paid the previous year. "Last year we announced a $4B revenue contribution to the music industry, and our foot is still planted on the gas pedal: In the 12 months between July 2021 and June 2022, YouTube paid over $6B to th...

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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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Google shuts down gaming platform Stadia

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Google is "winding down" its games streaming service Stadia after just three years operating, due to a lack of traction with users.

The news was announced via a blogpost from Phil Harrison, Vice President and General Manager of Stadia. "A few years ago, we launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia," wrote Harrison. "And while Stadia's approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn't gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made...

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Marathon LABs’ accelerator programme focuses on tackling value creation

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Marathon LABs, the startup mentoring initiative from London-based Marathon Music Group, has selected six companies that will take part in its fourth ‘LABs’ with a programme focusing on tackling value creation.

Marathon said the six participating companies "operate within a broad music & tech ecosystem centering on web3 applications, live entertainment within metaverse environments and broadening access to financial and data analytics for artists and their teams."

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Warner Music Group partners with OpenSea to offer Web3 tools and resources to artists

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Warner Music Group is collaborating with OpenSea, a peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, to provide a platform for select WMG artists "to build and extend their fan communities in Web3."

WMG explained that as part of the engagement, WMG artists would get "early access to OpenSea’s new drops product, along with improved discoverability, personalised storytelling on customised landing pages, and OpenSea’s industry-leading safety and security features." The first collection currently in developme...

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