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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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Comcast-owned streaming service Peacock ended 2022 with 20 million paid subs

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Video streaming service Peacock has passed the 20 million subscribers mark at the end of 2022, according to financial information released by parent company Comcast.

The service added 5 million subscribers in the last quarter of 2022, delivering the best quarterly result since its launch in 2020. The company said the good performance was fueled by live sports, recent films and originals.

Elsewhere in the group, entertainment division NBCUniversal posted adjusted EBITDA up 4.9% year-on-yea...

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Quotes of the week — Week 4, 2023

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“[2023] will be an important year given the rapid advancements in AI. There’s a paradigm shift with AI and I think, with the concentration of talent we have and work we will do here, will be a big draw and I hope it will continue to be. We have to keep earning it."By Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, during a town hall meeting following the announcement that the company was laying off 15,000 employees. According to CNBC, Pichai pleaded with staffers to remain motivated as Google faces heightened comp...

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Main stories — Week 4, 2023

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Here's a list of stories published this week by Creative Industries News:

LEAD STORY>US Justice Department starts legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in the digital advertising market

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION> Spotify and Deezer urge the European Commission to put an end to Apple’s ‘anticompetitive and unfair practices’> John Asein renewed for four years at the helm of the Nigerian Copyright Commission

LITIGATION> Delhi High Court...

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