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TikTok announced this week that it had struck a deal with Snoop Dogg for a major streaming exclusive.
Snoop Dogg is bringing the Death Row Records catalog – which he acquired last year – back to music streaming services, but it has appeared on TikTok first this week via a windowed first-week exclusive.
The Death Row Records catalog has arrived on TikTok via its independent distribution platform, SoundOn, which launched in early 2022.
According to TikTok, its partnership with Death Row marks “the first-ever catalog reissue to release exclusively through SoundOn”.
Also this week, Hipgnosis Song Management entered into a partnership with Beatclub, the beat marketplace founded by Timbaland and Gary Marella.
Under the new partnership, which also includes an investment from Hipgnosis, Beatclub’s roster of ‘elite’ producers and artists will have the ability to sample songs within the Hipgnosis catalog.
Amongst those artists and producers are Justin Timberlake, Tainy, J. Cole, Mike Dean, Mike WiLL Made-It, Tommy Brown, Timbaland, Angel Lopez, Cash Money AP, BoogzDaBeast, Jozzy, Federico Vindver and more.
Elsewhere, Influence Media Partners invested in a catalog of titles created by Harry Styles collaborator Tyler Johnson between 2012 and 2020 (Johnson’s work on Styles’ latest release, 2022’s Harry’s House, is not included in this deal).
Plus, SoundCloud entered into a JV with Jax Jones’ and Dan Stacey’s UK-based label, WUGD, while Susan Wojcicki announced that she’s stepping down as CEO of YouTube.
Here’s what happened this week…
1) SNOOP DOGG IS BRINGING THE DEATH ROW CATALOG BACK TO STREAMING SERVICES… AND TIKTOK HAS GOT IT EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE FIRST WEEK
TikTok has partnered with Snoop Dogg and Death Row Records to bring the iconic record label’s catalog to TikTok through its independent distribution platform, SoundOn.
According to TikTok, starting this past Sunday (February 12), and continuing for the rest of the week, the Death Row catalog is available to stream exclusively on TikTok.
TikTok says that users will find Death Row’s music in its music hub, available to use in their videos, “in advance of its wider release next week”.
2) HIPGNOSIS INVESTS IN TIMBALAND’S MUSIC MARKETPLACE BEATCLUB, GRANTS PRODUCERS AND ARTISTS ACCESS TO SAMPLE FROM ITS CATALOG
Hipgnosis Song Management has partnered with, and made an investment in, Timbaland and Gary Marella-founded beat marketplace Beatclub.
Financial terms of the investment, part of Beatclub’s series A-2 funding round, were not disclosed.
Under the new arrangement, Beatclub’s roster of Elite producers and artists, which includes Justin Timberlake, Tainy, J. Cole, Mike Dean, Mike WiLL Made-It, Tommy Brown, Timbaland, Angel Lopez, Cash Money AP, BoogzDaBeast, Jozzy, Federico Vindver and more, will also have the ability to sample songs within the Hipgnosis catalog…
3) HARRY STYLES COLLABORATOR TYLER JOHNSON SELLS PORTION OF CATALOG TO INFLUENCE MEDIA PARTNERS
Influence Media Partners has entered into a partnership with music producer, songwriter and 2023 Grammy Album of The Year winner, Tyler Johnson, a long-time collaborator of Harry Styles.
Influence Media has invested in a catalog of titles created by Johnson between 2012 and 2020 (Johnson’s work on Styles’ latest release, 2022’s Harry’s House, is not included in this deal).
The music rights firm says in its press release that it has acquired the “publisher’s share of Johnson’s best-Known titles spanning 2012 to 2020 including Watermelon Sugar, Adore You and others…”
4) SOUNDCLOUD EXPANDS ARTIST SERVICES BUSINESS GLOBALLY; ENTERS JV WITH JAX JONES’ AND DAN STACEY’S RECORD LABEL WUGD (WHAT YOU GONNA DO)
SoundCloud is expanding its artist services business globally by entering into a joint venture with Jax Jones’ and Dan Stacey’s UK-based, dance-focused record label, WUGD (What You Gonna Do) Ltd.
DJ, songwriter, and producer Jax Jones launched WUGD in 2021 alongside Dan Stacey, the founder of Loving Alliance, which is home to artists like Riton, D.O.D, rising star Hannah Laing, and Jax Jones himself.
SoundCloud says it has teamed up with WUGD “to discover, nurture, and invest in emerging electronic music artists featured on the platform internationally…”
5) SUSAN WOJCICKI TO STEP DOWN AS CEO OF YOUTUBE
Susan Wojcicki is stepping down from her role as CEO of Google-owned video giant YouTube.
YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan will succeed Wojcicki as the new SVP and head of YouTube.
Wojcicki, a long-time Google executive, shared the news in a note sent to YouTube employees Thursday morning (February 16) and in a blog post…
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