QUICK HITS: Tunecore adds Qobuz • Diversity @ The Orchard • Rumblefish + Adaptr • Round Hill gets LIT • Int’l Fest Forum • WCM signs Solís
Music from TuneCore artists will now be available on Hi-Res streaming and download platform Qobuz.
• The Orchard announced that Naledi Nyahuma Seck has joined the company as Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Based in Los Angeles, Nyahuma Seck will report to Colleen Theis, The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer, and work closely with Tiffany R. Warren, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Sony Music Group.
In her newly appointed role at The Orchard, Nyahuma Seck will continue the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and establish talent pipelines and employee development programs.
• HFA’s Rumblefish has entered into an agreement with Feed Media Group, to provide music rights administration support for Adaptr, a B2B music platform offering licensing, distribution, UX, and curation for early-stage companies and app developers, while making it easy for rightsholders to analyze usage and get paid.
• Round Hill Music has acquired the publishing catalog of Nashville-based rock band Lit, including memorable hits “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable.” Round Hill Records will also release the band’s seventh studio album in 2022.
• The International Festival Forum announced that the event will return to in-person this year.
Set for London from September 28-30, the festival industry confab will feature showcases, conference sessions, keynotes, parties, and networking. As in past years, the IFF for 2021 will be invite-only with more than 800 delegates expected to attend the event which may well be the first major international confab for the festival industry in the last 18 months
• Warner Chappell Music has signed a three-year worldwide deal with legendary Mexican music figure Marco Antonio Solís. The deal covers future works as well as a majority of Solís’ extraordinary catalog including his most popular hits like “Si No Te Hubieras Ido,” “Más Que Tu Amigo,” “O Me Voy O Te Vas,” and “A Donde Vamos a Parar.”
Throughout his over 40-year career, Solís has captivated the world with his romantic pop ballads, recording over 300 songs and releasing more than 30 albums. He currently holds the record for most No. 1s – 12 – on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and, as a songwriter, has the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.
Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and serves as a Senior Advisor to Bandsintown which acquired both publications in 2019. He is also the Founder and President of the Skyline Artists Agency and an online professor at the Berklee College Of Music.