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Sony Invests $1B in Bandcamp and ‘Fortnite’ Owner Epic Games

Epic Games, the publisher of the popular video game Fortnite and creator of the Unreal Engine graphics software that is popular with Hollywood, has raised $2 billion in a new fundraising round from Sony Group Corp. and KIRKBI, the owner of...

Sony Music Hires Serita Wesley to Oversee U.S. Entertainment Podcasts

Sony Music Entertainment has named Serita Wesley, a former senior audio producer at Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc., to oversee entertainment podcasts in the U.S., the company said on Monday. Wesley will lead the development of...

Often Taken for Granted, the Midwest Has a Place In Country Music

It’s an odd twist of fate that when consumers consider the geographical roots of country music, they tend to focus on the South — Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma or Tennessee — as if one area owns it. And yet many...

BMG Revenue Jumps 10% in ‘Turnaround’ Year for Publishing and Physical Music

BMG produced an operating EBITDA — that’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization — of 144 million euros ($170.31 million) on revenues of 663 million euros ($784.13 million) for the year ended Dec. 31, the company announced on...

CISAC Launches ‘Songs for Ukraine’ to Promote, Pay Local Artists

Global royalties group CISAC on Tuesday launched a new initiative to support artists and creators in Ukraine. Called “Songs for Ukraine,” the project has created digital playlists of original Ukrainian music that supporters can play, promote and share across...

This Label-Owning Country Artist Is Giving His Songwriters a Bonus

When indie artist Adam Sanders releases his six-song EP, I Wanna Be Somebody, on March 25, he’s making sure that his 10 co-writers feel like they matter.Sanders will be setting aside 10% of the net streaming proceeds he receives as...

Bored Ape Startup Valued at $4B After Round That Included a16z, Snoop Dogg and Colin Kaepernick

Yuga Labs, the tech startup behind NFT empire the Bored Ape Yacht Club and their serum-ingesting mutant counterparts, has announced a $450 million funding round to help fuel rapid growth plans that include a new metaverse gaming project.The funding...

Warner Chappell Appoints Peter Rosenthal EVP, Global Director of Legal and Business Affairs

Warner Chappell Music has hired Peter Rosenthal as executive vp, global director of legal and business affairs, a newly-created position at the music publisher. Reporting to WCM CEO Guy Moot and COO Carianne Marshall, Rosenthal will be tasked with leading...

Hot Off Luke Combs’ Breakthrough, Lynn Oliver-Cline Takes River House to Warner Nashville

When River House Artists founder Lynn Oliver-Cline signed a new partnership with Warner Music Nashville (WMN) and Elektra Music Group, announced March 14, it represented a full-circle moment in one of modern country’s most enviable executive careers.Oliver-Cline has risen to...

Atlantic Elevates Aton Ben-Horin to EVP, Global A&R

Warner Music fixture Aton Ben-Horin has been promoted to executive vp, global A&R for the Atlantic Records Group, the company announced on Tuesday (March 15). In addition to the elevated gig at ARG, home to its namesake along with...

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