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Madison Square Garden owner eyes move for Olympia exhibition centre

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) is reportedly planning to buy the Olympia exhibition centre in London with the aim of turning it into a music arena to rival The O2. New York-based MSGC, which owns venues such as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, Chicago Forum and LA’s The Forum, as well…

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Amy takes home Best Documentary BAFTA

Amy, the 2015 film about the late singer songwriter Amy Winehouse, was last night named Best Documentary by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts. The film was directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, who previously won the Best Documentary BAFTA in 2012 for Senna. The pair were approached in 2013…

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Naxos launches online world music streaming service

Classical music specialist Naxos has launched Naxos Music Library World, an online collection of thousands of world and traditional music recordings from the past 70 years available for streaming. NMLW is described as “the most comprehensive online World Music library available, with music from more than 150 countries and 1,500 cultural groups”. The bulk of…

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LISNR technology piloted at The Who’s Wembley concert

Energy brand SSE has pioneered a European first by introducing LISNR technology to The SSE Arena, Wembley. LISNR, winner of Gold Cannes for innovation in 2015, uses sound to transmit data and content to consumers. When LISNR’s ‘smart tones’ are emitted during live events the ultrasonic signals trigger mobile devices, which then deliver relevant, hyper-targeted…

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Stars and execs mourn loss of ‘mentor’ and lawyer, Richard Antwi

Artists and executives have been paying tribute to music industry lawyer Richard Antwi who died at the end of last week aged just 38. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. Antwi (pictured) was an important and respected figure in the UK urban scene and played a significant part in the careers of…

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Jess Glynne first act announced for Isle Of MTV Malta

Jess Glynne is the first act confirmed for the 10th anniversary of Isle Of MTV Malta. The free live music event will return to Il-Fosos Square on Tuesday, June 28, in partnership with MTV and the Malta Tourism Authority. Isle of MTV Malta will be filmed and edited into a 60-minute special that will broadcast…

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AIF announces Festival Futures link-up with BIMM

The Association Of Independent Festivals (AIF) has revealed details of Festival Futures, a new series of events to be run in conjunction with BIMM. The new initiative will start with two one-day conference events at BIMM campuses in Brighton and Manchester on April 5 and 7 respectively. The events will feature keynote speeches from promoters…

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MMF calls for Universal to follow Warner and Sony in sharing streaming equity revenue with artists

Following Warner and Sony’s decision to share revenue from equity stakes in streaming services with its artists, the Music Managers Forum has called for Universal to make the same pledge. Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper told investors yesterday (February 4) that, in the event that the company does receive cash proceeds from the sale…

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Deezer announces Huawei partnership

Deezer has has announced a new global streaming partnership with telecommunications equipment company Huawei. The streaming service will be preloaded on all honor smartphone devices, giving customers instant access to its library catalogue. “Honor customers will get the best of both worlds – smart technology alongside the best in music and radio,” said Deezer’s chief…

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Reservoir signs a-ha to a global publishing deal

Music company Reservoir has signed a deal with Norwegian band a-ha for the global representation of the compositions of six of their albums, including the 2015 release Cast in Steel. The deal was brokered through London-based Annette Barrett, managing director of Reservoir/Reverb Music, who signed the group to Warner/Chappell Music in the ‘90s and again…

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