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Facebook Signs Licensing Deals With SESAC, Kobalt, Azoff’s GMR and Adds Indie Music Publisher Program – via Hypebot

Janine Morcos launches own PR firm Dallas Does PR, a boutique publicity & PR services company in Music & Entertainment – via Facebook

Universal Music Q4 Revenue Up 10%, Reports Vivendi – via Hypebot

SXSW Taking Shape With 570-Plus Artists Invited To Perform So Far – via Patch

Drake is planning to sell stakes in his whiskey business, raising as much as $30m (£22.2m) to expand the company. – via BBC

Online vinyl marketplace and database Discogs has formed a board of directors, which now includes former Warner Music Group board member Jörg Mohaupt, and comes with a $2.5m investment in the company. – via Billboard

City of Parramatta Council has appointed a new live music coordinator, former owner of Spunk Records Aaron Curnow, to drive the growth of live music in the CBD. – via City of Parramatta

Voting opens for 2018 CMC Music Awards – via CMC

Sony Music Germany boss Philip Ginthör out after 18 years – via MBW

Norway-based tech company oiid has announced a new partnership with Concord Records to bring the label’s catalogue to its digital platform. – via Billboard

YouTube is aiming to bring its set of social features, including the in-app messaging system and “Community” tab for creators, to its wider suite of apps, including its Music app. – via TechCrunch


WAM Song Of The Year
2017/18 Opens Monday 15 January – via WAM

Byron Bay’s music festivals under threat if redevelopment rejected – via SMH

Downtown has named Tristan Wilson as Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships in the UK. – via MusicWeek

Google will reportedly vet premium YouTube videos more closely – via The Verge

Promotions executive Kevin McCabe has launched his own promotions company. For the past four years been part of the UK management team at Caroline International. – via RotD

Live Nation acquires US promoter Frank Productions – via MBW

Bruno Mars, Cardi B, SZA, Kesha, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are to perform at the Grammy Awards, along with other previously announced names. – via Variety

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a global publishing deal with solo artist, James Gang front man and Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh. – via Billboard