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Gaming company Fortress Australia names Beth Appleton as Chief Marketing Officer

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Beth Appleton, the former CEO of music data company Jaxsta has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at the Australian affiliate of Canadian independent gaming company Fortress, effective immediately.

In her new role, she reports to Fortress CEO Jon Satterley, with whom she worked in the past at Warner Music Group. In her new role, Appleton will focus on audience growth, events, marketing, creative teams, customer experience and retention. Fortress operates out of Sydney and Melbou...

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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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Universal Music Group acquires a minority stake in Chord from KKR for $240 million

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Universal Music Group (UMG), in partnership with Dundee Partners, will acquire a 25.8% share in Chord Music Partners for $240 million (€223m), in a deal that values Chord at $1.85 billion.

Chord was formed in 2021 by investment fund KKR and Dundee Partners, the investment office of the Hendel family, to acquire catalogues of music intellectual property (IP). The bulk of Chord's catalogue comes from the acquisition in 2021 of songs previously administered by Kobalt Capital for $1.1 billion.
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Thai police closes torrent site Siambit.me

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The Royal Thai Police’s Economic Crimes Department (ECD) has shut down the site Siambit.me, believed to be the largest torrent tracker site in Thailand. The action was supported by global anti-piracy organisation the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

The police raided four locations in Bangkok, Surin Province and Surat Thani, taking four Thai nationals into custody. The unnamed individuals are expected to be formally charged with copyright offenses "in the coming days," accor...

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Primary Wave Music partners with Jonathan and Anthony Belolo to develop the Village People’s brand, recordings and publishing

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Music assets and publishing company Primary Wave Music has signed a partnership agreement with Jonathan and Anthony Belolo, the heirs of Henri Belolo, the business partner of music producer Jacques Morali, who together launched the career of disco band Village People in the 1970s through their company Can’t Stop Productions/Scorpio Music.

Terms of the deal will see Primary Wave, in connection with the Belolos, develop Village People's brand, the group’s master recordings and publishing asse...

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