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Jennifer Lopez signs a global recording and publishing agreement with BMG

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Singer, songwriter and actress Jennifer Lopez has signed a global recording and publishing agreement with BMG to release her upcoming ninth studio album, 'This is Me…Now.'

It will be Lopez’s first studio album in nine years, and the sequel to 'This Is Me…Then' (2002) and her first album since 'A.K.A.' in 2014. The new album will be released via her own label Nuyorican and BMG. BMG CEO Thomas Coesfeld said, “Jennifer Lopez is a global superstar artist, entertainer — a phenomenon. We are thri...

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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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CTM Outlander acquires Sam Hunt’s publishing catalogue and signs him to a go-forward global publishing deal

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CTM Outlander — the partnership between Dutch music company CTM and Dallas, Texas-based investment fund Outlander — has acquired the publishing catalogue of Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt. CTM also signed Hunt to a go-forward publishing deal for his future works.

“Discussing the sale of some of my catalogue took a while and I am glad that it did, as I got to know André and his CTM Outlander team better and better,” said Hunt. "They continued to meet with me and my team over th...

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Universal Music Group seals licensing agreement with Ethiopia’s Sewasew

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has confirmed the signing of a new licensing agreement with Ethiopia’s music and entertainment company Sewasew Multimedia, announced a week ago by Turned Global.

UMG said the licensing agreement was "a first of its kind" for the Ethiopian market. Under the terms of the agreement, Sewasew Multimedia will license and market UMG’s extensive catalog of music in Ethiopia. This includes music from UMG’s labels such as Def Jam, Interscope Records, Island Records, Motown...

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Backbeat Solutions launches a royalty management system for production music

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London-based music royalty software provider Backbeat Solutions has launched a new royalty management system dedicate to production music that is expected to streamline global copyright registration.

The Global Rights And Royalty Exchange (G-RREX) will see metadata uploaded to the Backbeat database automatically pushed to sub-publishers around the world and then further to local performance rights societies in each territory.

“G-RREX is a pioneering system that will enable production mu...

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