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Key figures — Week 1, 2023

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$6.28 billion

That's the total gross of the Top 100 tours in the world as reported by Pollstar in 2022, representing a 13.2% increase over the pre-Covid year of 2019.

3,334,180,640

That's the total number of streams accumulated by The Weeknd's song 'Blinding Lights' on Spotify as of January 1, making it the most streamed song in the history of the streaming platform, a position previously held by Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You', according to Digital Music News.

2 billion

That's how 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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Russell Sutton and Tommy Karlas sign global deals with Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Droptine Music Publishing

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Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Droptine Music Publishing have partnered to sign country songwriters and performers Russell Sutton and Tommy Karlas to global publishing deals.

Sutton has penned songs such as his his first No.1 single 'My Boy' by Elvie Shane and 'Whiskey On You' by Nate Smith. Karlas has written songs for artists including Blake Shelton, Warren Zeiders, Old Dominion, Randy Travis, and Montgomery Gentry. He released his debut songwriter album entitled 'Put It In Drive'.
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BMI promotes a group of executives from within its creative team

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US music rights society Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has announced a series of promotions within the company’s Creative team.

Rafael Martinez has been appointed to newly created roles as Vice President, Strategy and Business Affairs, Creative. Based in New York, he reports to BMI’s Executive Vice President, Creative and Licensing, Mike Steinberg. Martinez joined BMI in 2014 as a Director of Business Affairs and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Business Affairs and Creative in 2019.
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Musical chairs — Week 5, 2023

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BMG's Thomas Coesfeld

German entertainment and media group Bertelsmann has picked Thomas Coesfeld to succeed Hartwig Masuch as CEO of music division BMG, effective January 1, 2024. Coesfeld has served as CFO of BMG since April 2021. The change in leadership is part of “a long-term succession plan,” according to Bertelsmann. Masuch will remain associated with Bertelsmann in an advisory capacity. Coesfeld will also take a seat on the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee (GMC), whic...

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