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Ryan Press Named President, A&R, U.S. for Warner/Chappell Music

on April 17, 2019 - 3:23pm

Creative Exec Is Key Member of Publisher’s Senior Management Team

Warner/Chappell Music has announced the promotion of Ryan Press to President, A&R, U.S. Press, who joined the publisher in 2009, has worked closely with an array of acclaimed songwriters and producers, among them Rihanna, Rae Sremmurd, DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, T-Minus, Tayla Parx, Gucci Mane, Mike Elizondo, Aloe Blacc, The-Dream, Priscilla Renea, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Mike Will & Ear Drummers, The Stereotypes, Tay Keith, Ross Golan, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Murda Beatz, Hitmaka (Yung Berg), Southside, and many others.

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WMG Acquisition Corp. Announces Launch of Senior Secured Notes Offering

on April 16, 2019 - 2:55am

Warner Music Group Corp. (“Warner Music Group” or “WMG”) today announced that, through its wholly owned subsidiary WMG Acquisition Corp.

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R&R Records Sets Joint Venture with Warner Bros. Records

on April 9, 2019 - 3:24pm

Label Founded in 2016 by Ben Persky and Mason Klein

First Signings are Dijon and Wens

R&R Records has inked a joint venture with Warner Bros. Records (WBR), it was announced today by WBR Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and R&R founders Ben Persky, Mason Klein, and Will Perliter. Based in L.A., R&R was launched in 2016 with the goal of providing an alternative approach for independent artists, focusing on an aggressive digital strategy. In its first two years, the label amassed a quarter billion streams, introducing artists such as Mt. Joy and Sorcha Richardson.

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Warner Music Group Strikes Innovative Deal with Nigeria’s Leading Label Chocolate City

on March 28, 2019 - 11:58am

Partnership Creates New Opportunities for African Talent Around the World, as well as for Global Superstars in Africa

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced a pioneering partnership with Chocolate City, the most influential independent record label in Nigeria. The partnership will dramatically grow the reach of African artists around the world, and will create new opportunities for global superstars in the region. Chocolate City will continue to be led by Co-Founders Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo, and EVP of Imprints, Jude Abaga, and Aibee Abidoye, EVP of Recorded Music.

Chocolate City is home

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An Open Letter to Songwriters from Carianne Marshall

on March 15, 2019 - 12:45pm

Hello,

You may have heard about the tech companies’ appeal of a recent CRB ruling, and we wanted to make sure you were clear on our stance on this crucial issue.

Last year, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) granted an increase of the compulsory mechanical rates paid to songwriters - from 10.5% to 15.1% over the next five years. The decision came after rigorous consultation with many parties, including a wide range of tech companies, as well as songwriters and music publishers. There were strong arguments made on both sides, and the resulting rate increase was fair as well as overdue.

That is

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