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Fortnite maker Epic Games and Warner Music join $7m funding round for music licensing platform Lickd

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UK-born Lick, a service for video creators to access claims-free commercial music, has secured £5.1m (approximately $7m) in new funding. Led by the Nick Mason Group, the round also includes strategic investment from both Warner Music Group [1,815 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/access-industries/warner-music-group/”>Warner Music Group (WMG) and Epic Games [42 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/epic-games/”>Epic Games, creator of Fortnite. Lickd’s deal […]

 
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TikTok surpasses 1 billion global Monthly Active Users

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TikTok has hit a significant milestone. The wildly popular ByteDance [82 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/bytedance/”>ByteDance-owned short form video app revealed today (September 27) that it has over 1 billion global Monthly Active Users (MAUs). According to a blog post published on the company’s website, “more than 1 billion people around the world now come to TikTok every […]

 
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Rebecca Prochnik joins United Talent Agency as Director of Creative Strategy, UK Music

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Rebecca Prochnik has joined music group United Talent Agency (UTA) as its Director of Creative Strategy, UK Music. Prochnik will be based in London and joins UTA from the Earth Agency, which she founded in 2014, representing a widespread list of independent artists including Skepta, AJ Tracey, JME, Deerhunter, Vanishing Twin, Kode 9 and Black […]

 
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Roblox launches Listening Parties for artists to premiere new albums

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Gaming platform Roblox has become a significant focus for the music industry in recent months. The firm secured an eight-figure investment from  Warner Music Group [1,814 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/access-industries/warner-music-group/”>Warner Music Group as part of a $520m funding round in January, and has also served as a virtual concert platform for superstar artists like Lil Nas X, Zara Larsson and […]

 
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Mary Ghobrial joins Anghami as Chief Operating and Strategy Officer

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Middle East and North Africa-focused Spotify [2,580 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/spotify/”>Spotify rival Anghami [31 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/anghami/”>Anghami has hired Mary Ghobrial, ex- Amazon [535 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/amazon/”>Amazon Director Marketplace Expansion and ex-CCO of SOUQ.com to be the company’s new Chief Operating and Strategy Officer. Ghobrial has over 25 years’ experience in building brands and has developed various new products […]

 
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Ticketing platform DICE raises $122m in Series C funding

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UK-born ticketing, livestream and music discovery platform DICE [14 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/dice/”>DICE has raised up to $122 million in Series C funding. The round was led by new investor, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with follow on investments from Tony Fadell’s Future Shape, Blisce, French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, Mirabaud, Cassius and Evolution. In addition, Tony Fadell, iPod […]

 
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Music agent Steve Strange dies aged 53

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Steve Strange, widely respected live agent and co-founder of X-ray Touring, has died following a short illness. He was 53. A statement from X-ray issued last night reads: “We have lost a legendary figure in our personal and professional lives that we will all deeply miss. “Steve was a unique individual within our industry, his […]

 
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Jenifer Smith promoted to Head of Urban Tour Marketing & Strategy at Live Nation Concerts

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Jenifer Smith has been promoted to Head of Urban Tour Marketing & Strategy at Live Nation [365 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/live-nation/”>Live Nation. She will lead Live Nation’s Urban Tour Marketing team, supporting all marketing efforts for its roster of R&B and Hip-Hop tours within the Concerts division. Smith will be working across some of the most popular […]

 
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Natasha Baldwin promoted to EVP, Classics and Screen at Universal Music Publishing Group

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Universal Music Group [2,415 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/universal-music-group/”>Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has promoted Natasha Baldwin to Executive Vice President, Classics and Screen. Based in London, she will report to Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, and Marc Cimino, UMPG Chief Operating Officer. In the newly-created role, Baldwin is responsible for leading UMPG’s global classical and screen […]

 
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Steve Carless joins Warner Records as President, A&R

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Steve “Steve-O” Carless has been appointed to the newly created post of President, A&R at Warner Records [285 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/access-industries/warner-music-group/warner-records/”>Warner Records. Carless will join the company on December 1, reporting to Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck [34 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/people/aaron-bay-schuck/”>Aaron Bay-Schuck. He will work closely with Warner Records’ entire A&R team, as well as Julian Petty, […]