UMG Launches Ambitious Def Jam Africa

Universal Music Group has launched Def Jam Africa, an ambitious new label division to service artists from the the vast continent’s burgeoning hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap scenes. The label will. Continue reading

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30 Musicians To Receive emPawa Incubator Funding

Nigerian-born Afropop star and music executive Mr. Eazi has named 30 global artists for the second edition of his talent incubator program emPawa. Each artist participating in the seven-month #emPawa30. Continue reading

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FRI. BRIEF: Streamers Battle For Africa • Bentley To Exit KCRW • Facebook Watch • LÜM • More

FRIDAY 6.14.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab

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MixTape Monkey Now Has 11 Million Listeners

Underground mixtape site MixTape Monkey now has 11 million listeners, according to founder Mark Serrano, who runs the influential site from his two bedroom apartment in Kansas City.

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6 Incredible Groups Promoting Music Education In Africa

In this piece, Jamie Ehrenfeld highlights six amazing organizations working within the continent of Africa to promote the future of music and musical education across the 54 distinct nations.

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UMG Is First To License Africa’s Top Steamer Boomplay

Universal Music Group has become the first major label to licence popular African music download and streaming service Boomplay. The service, boasts 36 million users in multiple African markets and is adding. Continue reading

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Market Potential: African Music Business On The Move

In this piece, Ben Oldfield explores the massive and largely untapped market for music consumption across the continent of Africa as a result of extensive smartphone usage, and how streaming. Continue reading

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Spotify To Launch In Middle East, North Africa

Spotify will launch across the Middle East and North Africa this upcoming November. According to a leaked internal email, the streaming service, which joins rivals Anghami, Deezer and Apple Music. Continue reading

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TIDAL Tests Africa Expansion

TIDAL is struggling to gain traction the US and Europe, but the Jay-Z led music streamer is set to launch in Uganda via a partnership with local telecom MTN. TIDAL previously. Continue reading

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Mixcloud Pacts With EU Licensor ICE For 12M DJ Sets

European digital music rights organization ICE announced a new multi-territory licensing deal with dance music-focused digital music service Mixcloud.  Mixcloud’s new ‘Core’ licence deal with ICE covers PRS, STIM and. Continue reading

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