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Fleetwood Mac joins iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup.

The iHeartRadio Music Festival has just added Fleetwood Mac — or what’s left of it — to its lineup.  The group joins Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons, Jason Aldean, Sam Smith, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Rae Sremmurd, and Logic, among several others.  The event will take care on September 21st and 22nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Arsenal FC teams with TIDAL.

British soccer club Arsenal FC has announced a £1 million (around $1.3 million) deal with Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming music service.  The club will offer participants in various membership schemes six months of free access to the service.  Platinum and Gold members will have access to TIDAL’s “Hi-Fi” service.  Silver and Red members will have access to the regular Premium service.

AT&T/Time Warner merger approved.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of AT&T in its bid to complete an $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.  The judge denied the Justice Department’s request to block the deal.

Saavn proves that yes, streaming is profitable.

Saavn, a popular Indian music streaming service, has recorded a surge in profits for the fiscal year ending December 2017.  The company posted a revenue of Rs 45.9 crore ($6.8 million).

Meet Concord Music’s four new Vice Presidents

Concord Music has announced the promotion of four executives to Vice President posts.  In the Beverly Hills office, Angelo Scrobe will serve as Vice President of Promotion.  Julie Porter and Hazel Malit will serve as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis and Vice President of Accounting, respectively.  At the Nashville office, Elysha Miracle will serve as Vice President of Data Rights Management.

YouTube’s Tim Shey leaves for Duolingo.

Tim Shey, YouTube’s Head of Original Programming, has joined Duolingo as Head of Studios and Content.  He had served at Google and YouTube for seven years.

OCL confirms agreements with major rights owners including Warner Music and Sony/ATV.

London tech startup OCL has announced new agreements with Warner Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Beggars Group, and Bucks Music, among others, primarily to help app developers quickly license and monetize content.  Developers will have access to licensed music using OCL’s Totem service, a micro-licensing engine that pre-clears music for monetization.

Local advertisers will spend over $1.6 billion on broadcast radio in Los Angeles.

According to BIA Advisory Services, local ad spending in Los Angeles will top $9.1 billion in Los Angeles.  Advertisers will spend $1.66 billion on broadcast radio – the 5th ranked media in the city.  The LA market represents 48% of California’s local ad spending.

ICMP accuses SGAE of ‘low-quality music’ scams

The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has lambasted controversial Spanish performance rights organization, SGAE.  ICMP has alleged that certain SGAE members and Spanish television executives have once again banded together to create “low-quality music” as part of a scam known as “the wheel.”  Broadcast late at night, the music generates performance royalties that are then split between SGAE and executives.  Authorities in Spain subsequently raided SGAE’s offices last June and arrested 18 people over the illegal practice.

More people in Germany now use a streaming music service.

7 out of 10 internet users in Germany said they stream music online.  In a new study from German digital association Bitkom, 50% of respondents said they use streaming music services like Spotify and Napster.  34% said they had a Premium subscription.  In 2016, 39% said they used streaming music services, up from 32% two years earlier.  Bitkom had surveyed 1,007 people over the age of 14 for this year’s study.

Electronic Music Conference will feature EMC Connect.

The annual Electronic Music Conference will go on tour with free events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.  This year’s tour will include EMC Connect, which gathers artists and industry insiders for songwriting workshops, a presentation of the state of play in the EDM sector, and an industry consultation.

PwC expects digital music and podcasts to explode in Australia.

The Australian media and entertainment industries will grow by 3% each year for the next five years, according to new forecasts from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  Digital music will grow 10.2% a year, with the Australian music market rising 5% a year.  By 2022, the Australian music industry will attract 6.4% of all consumer spending in the country.  Podcasting will double its revenue over the next five years, growing 85.9%.  Podcast monthly listeners will double to 8.9 million in 2022.

NERVO teams with the International Volleyball Federation.

Australian twin DJ duo NERVO has partnered with The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).  The partnership comes ahead of the launch of a new global competition, the Volleyball Nations League (VNL).  NERVO co-wrote David Guetta’s ‘When Love Takes Over,’ and has written and produced club tracks for Armin van Buuren, Kesha, and Britney Spears.

Local artists have World Cup fever.

Deezer has announced the creation and curation of playlists by local artists for 32 World Cup entrants.  On the platform’s ‘Soccer Fever’ channel, users can find local tracks from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, and Uruguay, among others.

Nicki Minaj announces the NICKIHNDRXX Tour.

Nicki Minaj has announced a new tour with Future in support of her upcoming album, Queen.  The NICKIHNDRXX Tour kicks off September 21st in Baltimore, Maryland.  The tour will wrap up on March 28th, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Matt Kellogg joins Media Creek.

Media Creek – a holding company of Live365 and Empire Streaming – has announced that Matt Kellogg will serve as Director of Sales.  In the newly created role, he’ll lead and manage all sales and marketing efforts.

Jonathan Anastas joins LiveXLive.

LiveXLive Media has appointed Jonathan Anastas as interim Chief Marketing Officer.  He’ll oversee marketing activities for all operating units, including LiveXLive and Slacker Radio.  Anastas had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for TEN: a Discovery Communications Company.