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July 17, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Masterworks’ Terrapin Station Acquires Event Producer, Black Ink Presents

Sony Music Masterworks has further bolstered its footprint in the live music and family-friendly entertainment spaces with its acquisition of production services company, Black Ink Presents via Masterworks’ Terrapin Station Entertainment. Per the acquisition, Terrapin Station’s Founder & CEO, Jonathan Shank will work to develop new productions and “innovative live experiences” for IP-based entertainment including cruise entertainment, concerts and immersive exhibits. Black Ink CEO John Kinsner, CFO Alek Deva, and COO Mike Kasper will continue to oversee the company’s day-to-day operations. ... Read More

July 17, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Launches The Core Records With Kevin “Chief” Zaruk & Simon Tikhman

Universal Music Group has partnered with The Core Entertainment’s Co-Founders, Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Simon Tikhman to launch The Core Records. The new label venture will sign and develop new artists working with UMG’s global network of labels. The Core Records label currently includes Bailey Zimmerman, Nickelback, Nate Smith, Austin Shawn, Dillion James, Josh Ross, Rachel Wiggins and Gavin Lucas. “We love building upon our entrepreneurial culture, and are so pleased to welcome Chief and Simon who have a reputation for identifying some of the industry’s most promising artists,” said Sir Lucian Grainge,... Read More

July 14, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fred Rubenstein As VP, Digital Marketing

Sony Music Nashville has recruited Fred Rubenstein as the company’s VP of Digital Marketing, a role that will find him overseeing the digital marketing team, leading strategy and implementing innovative social media and digital marketing campaigns across the SMN roster. Rubenstein will also focus on exploring new partner/platform opportunities that will foster digital discovery, enhance artists’ brands and drive consumption. He will report to Jennifer Way, SVP of Marketing at Sony Music Nashville.  “Fred is a highly respected digital marketing executive who isn’t afraid to break the mold to try something new,” said Way.... Read More

July 13, 2023 – Music Biz Member TikTok Partners With Tomorrowland To Deepen Electronic Music Engagement

Short form video platform, TikTok has partnered with Electronic music festival, Tomorrowland to produce content including TikTok LIVE broadcasts of headline performances, behind-the-scenes footage and video on-demand content from artists & creators. The partnership will also include in-app playlists and a #Tomorrowland global hub for fan-created festival content, artist LIVEs and music from the weekend.  “We’re delighted to be partnering with Tomorrowland, one of the biggest and most iconic festivals in the world,” said Michael Kümmerle,... Read More

July 12, 2023 – Music Biz Member Apple Releases Shazam Update That Detects Plays On TikTok, Instagram & Youtube

Apple-owned music detection app, Shazam has released a new update that will allow users to detect songs playing from other apps including TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. All songs that have been identified through the feature will automatically be stored in the user’s library. Shazam’s new feature is available on both iOS and Android.  Click here to read more from Digital Music News.... Read More

July 12, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Records Forms Joint Venture With Protect The Culture

Warner Records has formed a global joint venture with label Protect the Culture founded by industry veteran Marc Byers, who will serve as an A&R consultant for Warner Records with a focus on the African music scene. To mark the launch of the joint venture, both companies will release their first artist Lord Afrixana’s Afro-Fusion single, ‘No Dey Tire,’ along with a music video. Byers will work closely with Warner execs Steve Carless, President of A&R and Karen Kwak,... Read More

July 11, 2023 – Music Biz Member Tidal Adds FLAC Files To HiFi Plus Subscription

Music streaming service, Tidal has released hi-res FLAC-supported audio to its Early Access program for HiFi Plus subscribers on iOS. The platform now offers over 6 million tracks available to stream in  FLAC format, and is actively working with distributors, labels and artists to add more content in the format on a daily basis.  Click here to read more from Digital Music News.... Read More

July 11, 2023 – Music Biz Member CD Baby Names Faryal Khan-Thompson As SVP of Marketing & Community Engagement

Independent music distributor, CD Baby has appointed Faryal Khan-Thompson as the company’s newest SVP of Marketing & Community Engagement. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and overseeing CD Baby’s marketing strategy, branding initiatives, international growth and expanding the company’s artist education and engagement efforts. Prior to joining CD Baby, Khan-Thompson served as the VP of International at TuneCore, where she managed the distributor’s scaling operations and product localization in over 30 markets.... Read More

July 10, 2023 – Music Biz Member SoundCloud Boosts Member Benefits With New Partnerships

Music streaming platform, SoundCloud has partnered with Squarespace, Adobe, Discord and Rap Plug to expand its SoundCloud for Artists Member Benefits program. Thanks to the new partnerships, SoundCloud Next and Next Pro artists will be able to access benefits including music-themed domains from Squarespace, three months free of Discord Nitro, 30+ free courses from industry professionals on Rap Plug, and 20% off Adobe Premiere Pro and trials of Adobe Express Premium.  “Being an artist today often requires more than making great music.... Read More

July 10, 2023 – Music Biz Member TikTok Launches ‘TikTok Music’ In Indonesia and Brazil

Short form video platform, TikTok has launched its premium streaming service, TikTok Music in Indonesia and Brazil. The new streaming service will “harness the power of music discovery on TikTok, helping users to enjoy their favorite viral tracks on TikTok Music.” TikTok Music offers a vast catalog of music from thousands of labels and artists due to its license with three major labels and Merlin. Users of the streaming service will be able to listen, download and share full tracks by syncing their TikTok and TikTok Music accounts.... Read More