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Sony Music Publishing signs global deal to administer Muddy Waters’ catalogue

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Sony Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal with the estate of blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Muddy Waters that will see SMP administer the bluesman's complete catalogue of songs.

McKinley ‘Muddy Waters’ Morganfield's catalogue includes songs such as “Mannish Boy,” 'Rollin’ Stone', 'Champagne & Reefer', 'I Can’t Be Satisfied', 'Country Blues', 'The Blues Had A Baby And They Called It Rock & Roll' and 'Trouble No More'.

“Muddy Waters was without a doubt one of the m...

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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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