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Key figures — Week 46, 2023

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$2.8 trillion

That's the market capitalisation of Microsoft, following the announcement that the tech company had hired Sam Altman a day after he was fired by the board of OpenAI. Microsoft's market cap is now worth over $1 trillion more than that of Google.

$40 billion

That's how much Spotify has paid in royalties to rights holders since its launch in 2008, according to a blogpost from the music streaming company.

26.1 billion

That's the total number of streams accumulated by Ta...

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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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Kobalt plans to raise $266.5m by collateralising music royalties

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Music publishing and asset management company Kobalt Music Group plans to raise $266.5 million by issuing a class of notes through Kobalt Music Assets and collateralising the transaction with royalties from a music catalogue of over 5,000 songs from artists and songwriters such as AJR, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Busta Rhymes, and Jessie J.

This is Kobalt Music Group’s first music royalty securitisation. The songs are "among the largest in the Catalogue by net publisher share," explained Kro...

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BMG signs American band New Kids on the Block to a global recording agreement

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American band New Kids on the Block have signed a new global recordings agreement with BMG to release their first new studio album in more than a decade.

In a collective statement, the group said, “We’re super excited to partner with our new label home BMG. We promise 2024 is going to be a big year for NKOTB and our blockheads. New label, big tour, we are just getting started! Much more to come. Very soon. And we couldn’t have asked for a better partner than BMG to usher in this new era!”
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News/Media Alliance urges US Copyright Office to adopt the proposed rules on group registration of online content

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The News/Media Alliance has asked the US Copyright Office (USCO) on February 20 to immediately adopt on an interim basis the proposed rule on group registrations of updates to a news website.

The claim was made in a filing with the USCO in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Group Registration of Updates to a News Website. "The proposed rule paves the way for a long-awaited ability for news publishers to efficiently register all of their online content, something that is effect...

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