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Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish steps down amid takeover talks with Skydance

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It is rare that a CEO steps down the day before announcing quarterly financial results; it is even rarer that a CEO leaves a company while takeover talks are taking place. But this is what happened to Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish, who has been let go of the company he had led since 2019, when he oversaw the merger of CBS and Viacom into ViacomCBS.

Bakish did not comment on his departure, but press reports suggest that he was having strategic disagreements with Paramount Global's main sha...

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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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STYNGR and Warner Music Group launch new products for the gaming community

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Gaming platform STYNGR and Warner Music Group have partnered to launch a new music product, Batteries, created for the Roblox developer community.

STYNGR is launching two classes of Batteries that will be purchasable for time-based listening via Roblox’s digital currency — Single Listening Batteries, which provide players with weekly-refreshed radio stations of curated tracks; and Party Batteries, which offer the same functionality while also facilitating social listening sessions among up ...

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Ed Sheeran tops PPL’s list of most played artist in the UK in 2023; Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ named most played song of 2023

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Ed Sheeran has once again been the most played artist of 2023 in the4 UK, according to British neighbouring rights society PPL, which disclosed the news ahead of its Annual General Meeting. Sheeran wins the accolade for the seventh time in nine years, and for three consecutive years.

PPL's list of most played artists includes public performances across radio, TV and in public places (shops, bars, restaurants, gyms, offices and warehouses). The organisation uses data from public performances...

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Symphonic Distribution names Guji Lorenzana as Territory Manager for Asia

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Tampa, Florida-based Symphonic Distribution has hired Guji Lorenzana as the first Territory Manager covering Asia for the music technology and services company for independent labels, managers, and artists.

Based in Los Angeles, he reports to Symphonic’s Chief Creative Officer Randall Foster. He is responsible for "expanding Symphonic's artist roster and negotiating new business partnerships with Asian companies to grow Symphonic’s presence in the region."

“With Guji’s track reco...

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