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It’s been one other quiet summer season week within the music trade – however with simply sufficient motion to maintain our curiosity piqued.
For one factor, MBW found this week that TikTok had efficiently received a US patent for ‘Music Station’ tech that “will allow customers to simply purchase, take heed to and handle music on transportable wi-fi computing units”.
As well as, we noticed that TikTok is hiring for positions to work inside its ‘TikTok Music’ staff in america.
May a standalone TikTok Music app – separate and/or merged with Bytedance’s Resso – be on the way in which?
Elsewhere within the information this week, it was reported that BMI, the US-based assortment and licensing society large, had quietly scrapped plans for a sale after receiving underwhelming affords within the market.
Bloomberg reported that BMI was seeking to appeal to bids of USD $1.5 billion or above.
Elsewhere, Beggars Group printed some spectacular financials for 2021, bolstered by the truth that full management of recording rights to Adele albums returned to the corporate within the US that very same yr.
Right here’s what occurred prior to now few days…
MBW has unearthed an previous US patent filed by Singapore-based TikTok Pte. Ltd in Might 2018, and granted in January 2021, for a “Methodology of enabling digital music content material to be downloaded to and used on a transportable wi-fi computing system”.
The corporate claims that its invention is a “mature, dependable and handy answer which can allow customers to simply purchase, take heed to and handle music on transportable wi-fi computing units”.
The submitting claims additional that “this invention,” known as the ‘Music Station’, has the promise of being genuinely transformative of the way in which folks purchase and take heed to digital music”. (MBW)
BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) has pulled the plug on a deliberate multi-billion greenback firm sale, saying the transaction “is now not an avenue we’re contemplating,” Bloomberg Information reported.
Sources accustomed to the matter mentioned events like non-public fairness companies and know-how suppliers tabled affords for the corporate however some backed out, whereas different affords didn’t meet BMI’s necessities. (MBW)
3) Beggars Group income jumped 55% in 2021 – as rights to Adele’s first 3 albums reverted to XL within the US
Now we all know how UK-headquartered Beggars Group carried out as a enterprise in 2021: In keeping with a contemporary submitting on UK Corporations Home, Beggars Group generated GBP £79.98 million final yr, up by 29.7% YoY.
That determine consists of Beggars’ share of varied three way partnership companies together with XL Recordings, Matador and Tough Commerce, in every of which Beggars owns 50%. (MBW)
TikTok rival Triller is being sued by famous person producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.
The pair are demanding $28 million in lacking funds associated to Triller’s acquisition of their track battle model Verzuz, which Triller acquired in early 2021. (MBW)
Kobalt is increasing into the NFT enterprise, revealing plans to launch a ‘music lyric NFT’ assortment known as An Electro Revival.
In doing so, Kobalt says it can turn out to be the “first international music writer to launch a set of totally licensed direct-to-fan NFTs”.
In a media assertion, Derek Cournoyer, Kobalt’s VP, World Digital Partnerships, mentioned that “after licensing many NFTs for varied tasks”, the corporate now desires “to dive deeper into this rising market and experiment alongside our shoppers”. (MBW)
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