Music Business

QUICK HITS: Leiberberg To Head Sony Music EU, Africa • Nuclear Blast To ADA • SoundExchange • More

Daniel Lieberberg has been named President, C image from www.thenorthwestleaf.comontinental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment. Previously, Lieberberg was at Universal Music Germany where since 2014 he oversaw the company's domestic business in Berlin, including the Vertigo/Capitol & Polydor/Island labels.

• Indie metal powerhouse, Nuclear Blast, home to Machine Head, Meshuggah and Opeth, has expanded its relationship with Warner's ADA giving it worldwide physical and digital distribution, excluding certain territories in Central Europe and Australia.

SoundExchange has extend the contract of President and CEO Michael Huppe for four years. He took the helm in 2011.

• Online royalty marketplace Royalty Exchange has hired former ASCAP executive DeDe Burns as Director of Strategic Services.

• Music industry specialty finance firm Sound Royalties reports 300% growth in 2017.

• Variety is reporting that Mark Williams, president of A&R for Columbia Records, has been forced out following the appointment of Ron Perry as Columbia’s new Chairman and CEO.

• United Talent Agency has announced that longtime partner and senior entertainment agent Blair Kohan has been named to its Board of Directors.

Warner Bros. Records UK has promoted Jennifer Ivory to General Manager of the label, reporting to President Phil Christie.

• Nigel Hall, formerly managing director of auditor KPMG UK, has joined PRS for Music as chief operating officer.

Music Tech

• BandLab, the social music platform, launched “Looper”, a free mobile feature that allows users to create beats on the go as part of BandLab’s cloud based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

• Allihoopa, the collaborative music making service, announced two new partnerships with top music-making apps Triqtraq and DM2. Allihoopa users can now compose original beats in Triqtraq’s smooth one-window interface and use DM2, the powerful Synthesis Drum Machine, available on iPad.

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