Lars Brandle

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Lyor Cohen tapped for music keynote at SXSW

Lyor Cohen, the veteran U.S. label exec, entrepreneur and now global head of music at YouTube and Google, will deliver the music keynote at SXSW...

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Where are the women?: Men rule US Year-End 2017 charts

For the first time in more than three decades, men make up the entire top 10 of Billboard’s 2017 year-end top artists chart for the...

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Dom Alessio leaves triple j to drum up support for Aussie artists on a global stage

The beat goes on for Dom Alessio, who will drum up support for Aussie artists on a global stage with Sounds Australia. When Triple J...

ARIA welcomes ‘positive development’ in new round of copyright reforms

The recording industry has welcomed the government’s decision not to extend so-called “safe harbour” protection to the likes of Google and Facebook. But the battle...

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The VANNS, The Nah confirmed for 2018 NSW regional Indent tour: Exclusive

If you’re young, you live in regional NSW, and you just wanna rock, then get ready. The VANNS and The Nah are on board for...

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Amazon Australia launches: The music industry reacts

After months of huffing and puffing, and the odd false start, Amazon Australia is finally open for business. The online retail monolith quietly launched its...

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Kobalt strikes distribution, licensing deal in China with NetEase

Kobalt Music will fasttrack the exploitation of its catalogue in China through a strategic deal with NetEase. Under the new pact, NetEase Cloud Music, which...

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Spotify, Tencent Music reportedly in talks on equity swap

Spotify and Tencent Music Entertainment are testing the notion that two heads are better than one. They’re reportedly entering into a stock-swap arrangement that should...

Aussies and Kiwi songwriters made a proper splash in the Grammy Nominations

The Grammy Awards is always a special time for the music industry but the announcement of those lucky nominees is typically met with both applause...

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The resurgent music industry has had an unexpected knock-on… the trade press is thriving

If fans, clicks, tickets and record sales are the measuring sticks for success in music, then the trade press is the barometer of the health...

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AC/DC’s music is rocking the US charts after Malcolm Young’s death

AC/DC’s US fans are paying tribute to the late Malcolm Young in the most rock ‘n’ roll way: by cranking the legendary band’s catalogue. In...

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EXCLUSIVE: Australian lobby body for dance music is “definitely coming”

Australia’s live industry is supported by the LPA, the record business has ARIA, the music publishers can rely on AMPAL for a collective voice and...

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The City Of Sydney Needs You: Agent of Change proposal could boost live scene

Sydney could bury its recent reputation as a late-night cultural graveyard, though the community will need to dig in. The City of Sydney is canvassing...

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NSW Parliamentary Inquiry will examine music and arts economy

The NSW Upper House has launched an inquiry into the state’s music and arts economy. The development should open the channels of communication between the...

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Google’s new AdWords rules are a crackdown on secondary ticket market

The music business just might get some divine intervention on illegal ticketing: Google is cracking down on shady ticket resellers operating on its massive online...

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John Preston, former BMG Chairman, dies at 67

John Preston, the former BMG Entertainment chairman who guided the careers of the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, M People and Take That and...

Major label exec suspended following allegations of sexual harassment in Sweden

The Swedish music industry is taking a stand against sexual abuse within its ranks. And it’s doing so with a united front as almost 2,000...

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Guvera accountants face possible Class Action

Guvera crashed and burned its way through a fortune. Now, a law firm is trying to claw-back some of the cash. Bannister Law says it...

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Google’s parent company to take on record labels with startup

Alphabet, the parent of Google, is funnelling a chunk of its considerable cash reserves into UnitedMasters, a U.S.-based startup which is boldly promising to take...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ is putting up huge numbers on both sides of the Atlantic

It’s early days, but Taylor Swift and her team at Big Machine Records can safely declare Reputation a hit. In just four days since its release,...