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Quotes of the week — Week 41, 2022

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“It has a long way to go before it is where we want it to be. We are doing interesting work, but we are not there yet.”By Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Meta, explaining to analysts that Meta’s progress on virtual and augmented reality will take some time. During the third quarter, losses at the company's VR unit, Reality Labs, rose 31% from the previous quarter to $3.7 billion. Zuckerberg said the company’s development costs would continue to climb. According to Bloomberg, Meta is on trac...

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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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musicFIRST calls for US radio stations to provide ‘equal time’ for creators to promote the American Music Fairness Act

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American music creators have called on the largest commercial radio group in the country, iHeartMedia, and other broadcasters, to give them equal time on the network's radio stations to make the case for the remuneration of performers for the use of sound recordings.

The request was made through advocacy organisation musicFIRST, which regroups music rights holders such as record labels' organisations RIAA and A2IM, as well as rights society SoundExchange, the Recording Academy, creators' uni...

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Fire Records signs worldwide digital distribution deal with IDOL

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Independent digital distributor IDOL has signed British independent label Fire Records to a label services partnership which will see IDOL will handle the digital distribution of Fire Records’ repertoire to its global network of DSPs (excluding South Korea).

In addition, Fire Records will use IDOL's resources in retail marketing, dedicated audience development and back catalogue activation. "The partnership with IDOL will help support Fire Records’ continued growth and the execution of its ...

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Sony Music Publishing promotes Michèle Hamelink to Managing Director of Benelux

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Sony Music Publishing has appointed Michèle Hamelink as Managing Director of Benelux, effective immediately. She was Senior A&R Europe at the company.

Based in the company’s Benelux office, she reports to SMP's President, International Guy Henderson. As Managing Director, Hamelink is responsible for "overseeing and implementing creative strategy across Benelux; building and strengthening key relationships with clients, local societies, and industry partners; and expanding songwriter supp...

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