Archives September 2021

Epic Games And Warner
Epic Games And Warner Provide Funding To Licencing Platform LICKD

LICKD, the music licencing platform that provides content creators with a catalogue of legally available tunes, has received funding in a fresh investment round.

The Nick Mason group led the £5.1 million fundraising round, with Epic Games and Warner also contributing to the platform’s development.

Paul Sampson, the CEO of LICKED, said: “We are thrilled to have closed this round at what is a pivotal time for Lickd. As the content creator space continues to expand, there is a huge opportunity for all types of business to invest in new areas and to work hand-in-hand with companies such as ours to positively transform the music industry.

Justin Timberlake
Beat Marketplace Beatclub Bring In Justin Timberlake
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore | Licence

Justin Timberlake will be joining Timbaland, a long-time friend, at Beatclub, the beat marketplace.

The iconic pop singer intends to contribute to the new platform while also networking with other musicians.

Timbaland and Gary Marella, his manager and business partner, launched Beatclub, a new platform for beats.

Live Nation Marketing
Live Nation Announce New Head Of Urban Tour Marketing And Strategy

Jennifer Smith will be in charge of Live Nation’s urban tour marketing team.

Jennifer’s new job will entail overseeing all marketing initiatives for Live Nations’ R&B and Hip Hop lineups on tour.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Drake, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and others are among the artists with whom she will collaborate.

Warner Music
Warner Records Gets A New A&R President

According to Warner Records, Steve Carless will take over as President of A&R.

In his new job, Steve will collaborate with the A&R team and report to CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck. The new hire has a significant resume in the music industry, including projects working with Beyonce, Big Sean, Pusha T, and others.

British Government Music
The British Government Calls For Music Industry Review

The House of Commons in London calls for a watchdog to investigate the UK music industry’s structure. Why? Because there are concerns that the large labels have too much clout, forcing the competition to grow too “ferocious.”

The BPI said: “Supporting further market growth and preserving UK music’s dynamism, investment and innovation is the most effective way to ensure that even more artists benefit”.

Twitch Teams Up With Music Publishers

Amazon-owned Twitch has reached an agreement with music publishers to work together to develop new productive collaborations.

The new agreement will allow Twitch to open up new opportunities for music publishers and strengthen the link between gaming and music.

CEO of the national music publishers association, David Israelite, recently spoke about the revelation.

David said: “Both NMPA and Twitch are creator-focused and our respective communities will greatly benefit from this agreement, which respects the rights of songwriters and paves the way for future relationships between our publisher members, songwriters and the service.”

“Through our discussions, Twitch has shown a commitment to valuing musicians and to creating new ways to connect them with fans in this burgeoning and exciting space.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers Launch A New Record Label

That’s right; you heard it right! Wolves will launch a new label, Wolves Records, in collaboration with ADA by Warner Music.

Peter Rudge, a legendary music manager, will serve as a strategic consultant for the label, which is actively seeking fresh talent.

Medialab Buy Genius
Medialab Buy Genius, The Lyrics Company

According to current sources, Medialab, the Los Angeles-based corporation, has purchased Genius, the lyrics database, for $80 million.

Genius started life in 2009, and since then, more than two million contributors have contributed material to the platform.

Tom Lehman, the co-founder of Genius, said: “MediaLab’s commitment to investing in artists and fan-driven communities makes them the ideal partner to propel Genius forward.”

Beatclub By Timbaland Is To Join IBM’s Mentorship Program

Beatclub, Timbaland and Gary Marella’s beat marketplace has received an invitation to join IBM’s Hyper Protect Accelerator mentorship programme.

The IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator helps early-stage entrepreneurs, and it has already served at least 45 since its inception. Furthermore, when Beatclub launches later this year, it will expand and grow under IBM’s program.

Gary Marella said: “We are so honored to be the first music company to be invited into IBM’s accelerator program.

Music Documentary
New Documentary Examines Music Industry’s Blind Eye To Wrong Doing In The 70s And 80s

‘Look Away,’ a new documentary from Sky Documentaries, looks at the music industry in the 1970s and 1980s. It delves into the blind eye from the music industry when rockstars began having sexual connections with adolescent females.

Sophie Cunningham, the director, spoke to Sky News and said: “There are so many stories. So many I was just not able to tell – and that’s because of money and power – success and celebrity goes a hell of a long way to keeping people quiet”.

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