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SiriusXM Gets FLY with New Music Channels

Sirius 2SiriusXM announced today that it has launched four new music channels that will further expand the range and depth of the company’s industry leading line-up of commercial-free music channels.

The new channels will feature expertly-curated music in the Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop/R&B genres.

The introduction of these innovative new channels is consistent with SiriusXM’s track record of developing unique formats not heard on traditional broadcast radio, such as The Coffee House, Lithium, Chill, Pop2k, Y2Kountry and Faction.

“Our lineup of commercial-free music channels continues to evolve to meet the changing tastes of our growing subscriber base and to satisfy the next generation of core subscribers,” said Steve Blatter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM. “Building on our success at delivering an unmatched curated listening experience, several of the new channels feature music and artists from a period when many of our subscribers first connected with this music. These new and innovative radio formats make our broad range of music channels stronger than ever.”

Velvet (channel 13): Today’s top contemporary pop vocalists showcasing artists like Adele, Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Idina Menzel, John Legend and Adam Lambert. Velvet will launch with special guest DJ sessions with Idina Menzel, Josh Groban and Adam Lambert.

FLY (channel 47): Hip-Hop and R&B from the ’90s and 2000s featuring artists like Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy and Missy Elliot. Fly will launch with a special guest DJ sessions hosted by R. Kelly, Warren G. and Nelly.

Turbo (channel 314): Hard Rock music from the ’90s and 2000s featuring artists such as Linkin Park, Korn, Papa Roach, Godsmack and System Of A Down.

Poptropolis (channel 300): Pop hits from the ’80s through 2000s featuring artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael, Alanis Morissette, Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

Additionally, SiriusXM will launch Limited Edition, channel 18, on August 13—which will be the home for SiriusXM’s exclusive, limited-run channels. SiriusXM’s Road Trip Radio, the limited-run channel featuring summer driving tunes—a mix of music from all genres and eras—will be available on SiriusXM’s Limited Edition beginning August 13.

The channels, available on satellite will also be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

Rightscorp Renews Representation Agreement with the Royalty Network to Monitor Copyrights for Monetization

righscorpRightscorp, a leading provider of data and analytic services to support artists and owners of copyrighted property, announced today that it has signed a renewal agreement with the Royalty Network to continue to represent and monitor its copyrighted songs and other assets and guard against online copyright infringement. The Royalty Network is recognized as one of the music industry’s most powerful music publishing firms.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have renewed our agreement with the Royalty Network and will continue to help protect their catalog of work,” said Christopher Sabec, CEO of Rightscorp. “Both the Royalty Network and Rightscorp believe in the sanctity of copyright ownership and protection, and we see eye-to-eye on the dangers of infringement and potential losses. We have built a strong working relationship with them and have demonstrated our considerable value in combating copyright infringement and delivering results.”

Rightscorp represents more than 1.5 million copyrights and has partnered with major motion picture studios, numerous platinum recording artists, Academy Award-winning films, top TV shows, authors and many other rights holders. Rightscorp has already received settlements from subscribers to more than 331 ISPs and has closed over 234,685 cases of copyright infringement to date.

 

 

LyricFind Announces Exclusive Strategic Partnership with R2G

LyricFindUSETHISONEThe leader in international lyric licensing, LyricFind, and R2G, China’s leading digital music distribution company, have just signed an exclusive strategic partnership. The exclusive deal means R2G will represent LyricFind in China for both Business Development and Publisher Relations.

“We have great traction globally and by partnering with R2G as our exclusive agent it will further accelerate our business across the fast growing Chinese music market”, explains Will Mills, LyricFind’s Chief Revenue Officer.

“R2G are the most comprehensive Chinese music metadata and lyrics provider,” explains Darryl Ballantyne, LyricFind CEO, “so this will also hugely benefit our existing partners like Pandora, Amazon, Deezer, Shazam, Microsoft, HTC and more than 100 others from an even larger, fully licensed international music catalogue.”

With over 10 years of market expertise, R2G has established by far the most extensive digital music coverage in China. As a result, LyricFind’s massive catalog of lyrics in English and several other languages, the most extensive the world, will now also appear on millions of screens and devices across China.

R2G is part of China Music Corporation, which is the largest music platform in the world in terms of active user base and is also the largest digital music aggregator and licensing platform in China. R2G’s pragmatic approach to dealing with the copyright environment has enabled many content providers to tap into the Chinese market and has catalysed the powerful trend among major Chinese music services to move out of the shadows and into legal music licensing. This partnership with lyrics is a natural part of that trend, as LyricFind is proving around the planet.

“As a first mover in the market, R2G has strived for over a decade to build a legitimate music ecosystem in China,” says Mathew Daniel, President of R2G “It was time to include lyrics in this ecosystem, and we can’t think of a better partner than LyricFind.”

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