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UMG, Boomplay Expand Africa License; Freeme+ Debuts; OnlyFans Launches Creator Fund for U.K. Music Artists

Universal and music streaming service Boomplay expand license to cover 47 countries across Africawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Amongst the new markets are key territories such as South Africa, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Senegal, with UMG’s catalog now also widely available across French-speaking territories for first time.

OnlyFans Launches Creator Fund For U.K. Music Artistswww.billboard.com
Over the past year, artists from Cardi B to The-Dream and Rico Nasty have all joined content subscription platform OnlyFans.

Freeme+ launches to provide A&R, marketing and sync licensing for independent African rights-holderswww.musicweek.com

The platform will operate under the African distribution company’s new premium label services and distribution arm Freeme Music, working in tandem with the company’s other divisions — Freeme TV, The Freeme Space and FM Publishing.

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industrywww.wired.com
A year without live music has been a disaster. So has corporate power in streaming, recording, and ticketing. Antitrust may be the only solution.

Anita Baker Ask Fans to Stop Streaming Her Music As She Prepares Battle For Her Masterswww.blackenterprise.com
Anita Baker encouraged fans to “not advertise Spotify streaming” because they don’t “pay artists/creators what their worth.”

Mick Fleetwood’s Peter Green Tribute Concert to Stream Onlineultimateclassicrock.com
Mick Fleetwood’s all-star tribute to Peter Green will stream online in April 2021.

Dark Mode for Qobuz Desktop App as Music Streaming Platform Hints at mid-April Australian Launchwww.stereo.net.au
The latest Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Reviews, Home Cinema News and Reviews and much more in Australia and New Zealand.

Can Spotify Win the Indian Audio Streaming Market?www.fool.com
The company is investing heavily in the world’s second most populous market.

RIAA increasingly targeting content on legit streaming services with takedownscompletemusicupdate.com

The US record companies are issuing an increased number of takedown requests relating to allegedly copyright infringing content on legitimate streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, according to a new report from Torrentfreak.

SXSW 2021: Timbaland, Swizz Beatz think the future of live music is streamingwww.austin360.com
During an online South by Southwest panel on Tuesday, perennial hitmakers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz made a bold prediction.

Spotify and Kakao’s Showdown Extends Beyond Just Some K-pop Songswww.thecrimson.com

Understanding this chaos between Spotify and Kakao requires a deeper look into the Korean music streaming market and its relationship with the global market.

Québecor to shut Select music distributor as physical disc sales fallmontrealgazette.com
Québecor Inc. is planning an “orderly discontinuation of operations” at its Distribution Select arm effective July 2.

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