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Virgin Music Group has appointed Nick Ghelakis and Nicole Thomas as co-country Managers for South Africa

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Virgin Music Group, the distribution and services company for the independent sector owned by Universal Music Group, has named Nick Ghelakis and Nicole Thomas Co-Country Managers of the company's operations in South Africa.

The appointment of the two follows the passing of Chris Ghelakis at the end of 2023. Ghelakis’ distribution company Electromode was acquired by UMG's Ingrooves in 2021 and began rebranding as Virgin Music Group in late 2023. Ghelakis took over as Managing Director of VMG...

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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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