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By and | Published on Tuesday 20 July 2021

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Global venue company Oak View Group has signed a long-term deal to put Live Nation’s Ticketmaster in charge of ticketing for six of its venues: UBS Arena (New York), Climate Pledge Arena (Seattle), Moody Center (Austin), Coachella Valley Arena (Palm Desert), Savannah Arena, and the yet to open Co-op Live in Manchester. “I’ve had a long relationship with Ticketmaster”, says Oak View CEO Tim Leiweke. “When we’re betting $4 billion on these buildings, I’m going to bet it on somebody I completely trust – somebody that knows how to open buildings better than anyone in the world. I choose Ticketmaster because I’m going to be with them for the next 35 years because I trust them”.

BMG is expanding its partnership with US collecting society SESAC on digital licensing into Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. BMG already works with SESAC – and its MINT joint venture with Swiss society SUISA – on directly licensing its Anglo-American repertoire to digital services in India, and that alliance will now expand into the aforementioned new markets. In Europe, BMG has a similar partnership with German society GEMA via their joint licensing vehicle ARESA.

Kobalt has signed Ovy On The Drums to a new global publishing deal. “We are THRILLED to extend our relationship with Ovy On The Drums and hope to have him in the Kobalt family for years to come”, says President of Kobalt Music Latin America, Nestor Casonu. “I personally feel very proud to have had the opportunity to witness Ovy’s impressive talent and trajectory not only as a producer but also as a songwriter and artist whose success continues to unfold”.



Universal Music’s Republic label in the US has promoted Kevin Lipson to EVP of Global Commerce And Digital Strategy. “I want our artists to feel unconditionally supported as they hopefully affect the world in a positive way”, he says. “Our roster is extremely diverse, not only in sound and genre, but also in message and in thought. We’re here to amplify that. It’s really an honour to be a part of Republic’s legacy”.



Music publisher trade group IMPF and digital licensing agency IMPEL are set to jointly publish a Digital Licensing Handbook this Thursday, which will be available exclusively to the independent publisher members of the two organisations. Written by former CEO of MPA UK, MCPS and IMPEL, Jane Dyball, it will offer real world insights and advice around every stage of the digital licensing process.



Kanye West has announced what is being billed as a “Donda Listening Event” this Thursday. So maybe he really is releasing a new album this week. Because it’s Kanye West, obviously this listening party is taking place in a stadium.

Swedish House Mafia have released another new single, ‘Lifetime’, featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake.

The War On Drugs will release new album ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ on 29 Oct. Here’s first single, ‘Living Proof’. The band will also tour the UK in April 2022.

Matthew E White has released new single ‘Electric’. “I wrote this song after listening to ‘Me, My Baby And My Cadillac’ by Sleepy Brown”, he says. “I wanted to write something so intentionally direct like that”.

Asbjørn has released new single ‘Remember My Name’. “The lyrics have a double meaning to me”, he says. “‘You’re gonna remember my name, the boy that got away’ could be sung to an old lover, yes. But it could also be directed towards the people who don’t believe in you”.

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