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UMe Taps Vince Szydlowski as Executive VP of Commercial Sales

Vince Szydlowski has been appointed executive vp of commercial sales at Universal Music Enterprises, overseeing the development and execution of UMe’s strategies in both digital and physical formats, and working with all UMG labels and partners to maximize opportunities for the largest music catalog in the world.  “Vince brings to UMe years of sales and commercial experience along with and a wealth of music knowledge and an innovative and creative spirit,” said Bruce Resnikoff, president and CEO of UMe. “These attributes make him the ideal candidate to lead our team and develop and implement new strategies across the many platforms in the ever-changing commercial landscape.” Szydlowski joined UMG in 2004 and most recently served as senior vp of label sales for Capit...

New Study Says 94 Percent of Women in Entertainment Experience Sexual Assault, Harassment

Ninety-four percent of women working in entertainment have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault during their careers, according to a new survey of hundreds of women in Hollywood. According to the survey, which was published Tuesday in USA Today and produced as a collaboration of the newspaper, the Creative Coalition, Women in Film and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the most frequent incidents of harassment in the Hollywood workplace are unwelcome sexual comments, jokes or gestures directed to a woman or about a woman (87 percent of respondents said they experienced such comments). Other experiences reported by the majority of respondents include unwanted sexual comments (75 percent of respondents saw or experienced it), “being touched in a sexual way&#...

Fat Possum Inks Deal With Chicago Indie Label Closed Sessions: Exclusive

Closed Sessions, the independent record label based out of Chicago that has released records from the likes of underground Midwest MCs like Kweku Collins and Jamila Woods, among others, has signed a partnership deal with Fat Possum’s House Arrest distribution wing. The deal is the second such move for Fat Possum in the last few months as it grows its House Arrest network, after signing a distro deal with music blog Gorilla vs. Bear for a new label called Luminelle, which Billboard announced in December. Closed Sessions began as a studio in Chicago that started making short-form documentaries of rappers on the national scene as they would come through the city, bringing artists like Raekwon, Wyclef, Bun B and Action Bronson in for studio sessions, filming them for release. Local MCs like Vi...

The Music Modernization Act: We Can & Must Do Better (Guest Column)

“Any law of this kind must first and foremost protect the work’s creator and owner, not the administrator.” The Music Modernization Act (MMA) is a huge piece of copyright legislation that would shape the way music creators are paid for the foreseeable future. As songwriters, composers and independent publishers, we join many of our colleagues in expressing our appreciation for the efforts of legislators and members of our community to find solutions to the serious problems facing music creators.  The MMA offers some true and constructive change, and we can accept the “grand bargain” that is its foundation: In return for a kind of immunity for past acts of infringement, digital music services would now pay for every single performance of every track, identified...

Facebook’s Latest Music Licensing Deal Is With Pan-European Rights Hub ICE

ICE, the one-stop pan-European online rights hub, has agreed what it describes as a “landmark” deal with Facebook. The multi-territory partnership is the social media giant’s first with an online music licensing hub and provides licensing for over 290,000 rights holders, across 160 territories. Platforms covered by the deal include Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and instant messaging service, Messenger. “We are delighted to continue deepening our relationship with music by partnering with ICE in a first-of-its-kind licensing deal,” said Anjali Southward, Facebook’s head of international music publishing business development, in a statement. Southward went on to say that the deal was just the start of “Facebook’s journey with music” and tha...

Bosch acquires B2B rideshare startup SPLT and establishes mobility service arm

Bosch has acquired a ridesharing startup called SPLT that offered employers, universities and municipal authorities workforce-focused ridesharing services to help them offer shared commute as a means of increasing convenience and alleviating route congestion. Bosch, a leading global automotive industry supplier, is also establishing a new dedicated mobility services division, a sign of the changing times and nature of the automotive space. The SPLT acquisition is a cornerstone piece of its new focus on mobility services, with the aim of offering everything from shared rides in cars to company buses on the same, easy to use platform with end user smartphone apps and easy ride booking. SPLT will continue to operate independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch post acquisition close. O...

KFC falls fowl in Britain with chicken run

Hundreds of KFC outlets remained shut in Britain on Wednesday due to a supply crisis, leaving fans craving a fix of deep-fried chicken. KFC The shortages, which are expected to last all week in some parts of Britain, have prompted online mockery and disbelief aimed at the US fast-food giant. “So @KFC have run out of chicken. This is how the apocalypse starts,” wrote Twitter user @jonevans78, while @Brad_Langford said: “How will the nation cope?” Others, like meat substitute maker Quorn, spotted an opportunity, with the company tweeting its offer of “Quorn Crispy Nuggets for a meat-free alternative”. KFC on Wednesday said about 450 of its 900 outlets remained closed after “operational issues” with new German delivery supplier DHL left them without poultry supplies. Ther...

High demand for air freshener pitch producers for market share

By Princewill Ekwujuru Rising demand for air-care and increase in concerns over indoor air quality may have led to a high demand for air fresheners in the market.    The demand is further fuelled by the rapid growth in car sales, surge in number of pet ownerships, residential buildings, increase in corporate offices and rise in consumers’ willingness to use premium air fresheners. Another factor responsible for the rise in demand is the high disposable income and improvement in lifestyle of consumers. Other market drivers that aid demand in air fresheners include growing middle class population and increasing importance of aromatherapy in homes. Innovations in aromatherapy and exotic aromatic compounds like aerosol propellants, fragrances, and solvents such as 2-butoxy...

Frank Ocean Sues Producer Om’Mas Keith Over ‘Blonde’ Songwriting Credits

The lawsuit claims Keith has misrepresented authorship on tracks including “Nikes,” “Ivy” and “Pink + White.” Frank Ocean filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (Feb. 20) against producer Om’Mas Keith and his Analog Genius Corporation alleging he has wrongfully claimed authorship for several songs on the musician’s Billboard 200 chart-topping 2016 album Blonde.  According to Ocean’s suit, after the two parties had already entered into an oral agreement, in 2014 Keith refused to sign a draft agreement over his role in producing the album, including a provision that acknowledged he did not write any of the recorded compositions. He even allegedly refused to sign an acknowledgment that he had not written a recorded cover of The Isley Brothers‘ &...

Bebe Rexha Renews Publishing Deal With BMG

BMG Music Publishing announced Tuesday (Feb. 20) that Bebe Rexha has renewed her global co-publishing deal with the company. Rexha first signed with BMG in 2013, when she wrote the Eminem and Rihanna hit “Monster.” She since has amassed more than 11 million overall single sales and 3.35 billion total global streams of her own. Rexha has been dominating the Hot Country Songs chart recently “Meant to Be,” her single with Florida Georgia Line.  “Working with and seeing Bebe’s career explode through the years has been a great source of pride for BMG,” said BMG’s US president of repertoire and marketing Zach Katz in a statement. “The tireless work she’s put into her songwriting craft is evident in the enormous success she’s achieved, becoming one ...

Africa needs seamless connectivity to unlock economies, Onyema says

Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace on Monday made good its promise to commence its Freetown, Banjul and Dakar flight services, earning accolades from top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, aviation regulators and corporate leaders on the West Coast of Africa. Allen Onyema In a related development, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has identified seamless air connectivity as pivotal to the socio-economic development of countries within the West Coast of Africa and other nations on the continent. Receiving Air Peace delegation moments after the maiden flight to Freetown touched down at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Transport, Mr Balogun Koroma commended the carrier for extendi...

Amazon Music Hires Ex-WBR President Dan McCarroll as Global Head of Originals, Artist Relations

Dan McCarroll, former president and head of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, has joined Amazon Music as global head of originals and artist relations. In his new role, McCarroll will work with his teams alongside artists, managers and labels to create ways to “elevate” new and catalog releases through original programming. “Dan is joining the Amazon Music team with an incredibly valuable artist’s perspective,” said Alex Luke, Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy. “As we continue to work closely with labels and artists to deliver music in new ways, Dan is bringing decades of experience both as a former musician, and a respected industry executive to our team. Amazon Music will continue to experiment and change the way customers interact with m...