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Universal Music Group officially dropped the name Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), and updated its U.S. structure. In a digital market, where applications like Spotify, Tidal, and iTunes have limited the number of hard copies purchased by consumers; it looks like Universal Music Group will be placing more interest in marketing and e-commerce operations.
The Universal Music Group Distribution company will be dismantled, but Candace Berry (previously General Manager of UMGD) will remain as Executive VP of sales. Mike Tunnicliffe, Executive VP of business development will be in charge of previous brand partnership responsibilities. Cynthia Sexton, who was previously Executive VP of brand partnerships for East Coast labels, has been named executive VP of partnership CONTENT. Her main focus is to bring in more revenue and exposure for UMG artists and their work, through the company’s outside partners. One way of doing that would be acquiring more features for UMG artists with more popular artists from partnered brand imprints, such as Young Money for example.
UMG will also be bringing in outside talent to help stay afloat in a music industry that has all but collapsed. We know how big of a role culture plays in the types of music we listen to, and even products we buy. So, Todd Goodwin will bring his experience from Sony to UMG as VP of college & lifestyle marketing, working closely with labels to build overall marketing strategies. Peter Sinclair, from ScoreBig.com will be Senior VP of consumer engagement. His job is to basically come up with strategies to better connect UMG artists with there fans. Christine Webby comes in as Senior VP of artist & label integrated rights, to track and secure ancillary rights and revenues from 360 deals. This is extremely important because in today’s music business a large portion of artists’ revenue comes from non-recorded music (shows, appearances etc.) and endorsements.
360 deals have become the topic of many household discussions; as rumors of artists selling their souls, and becoming members of “The Illuminati” have brought light to a legitimate business practice. However, the light has made many successful independent artists unwilling to sign major record deals. The question being, why get into debt and become a slave to a corporation when digital distribution (as TatWza can attest to) costs next to nothing? Will a focus in marketing change the game for the majors? What does the future hold for the music business as we know it?!
Today, Instagram has released a new update that introduces three new filters. Inspired by summer outdoor activity, Lark, Reyes and Juno are a family of modern, subtle filters that are designed to brighten and enhance your photos. Lark desaturates reds while punching up blues and greens to bring your landscapes to life. Reyes brings a dusty, vintage look to your moments. And Juno tints cool tones green while making warm tones pop and whites glow for vibrant photos of people.
Additionally, Instagram also announced that you can now use emoji in your hashtags. That’s right, you can further explore expression by utilizing the small images that have basically become a universal language. The new update is now available for both iOS and Android devices.
On Monday, the Baltimore Police Department announced there was a “credible threat” against law enforcement officers from three gangs: the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips. Authorities received information that the gangs “entered into a partnership to ‘take-out law enforcement officers.”
This comes after a weekend of protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a neck injury, leading to his death, during an arrest. Similar protests have been ongoing since August 2014, when Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner died of injuries sustained during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Neither of the officers involved in those deaths were indicted.
The full statement from the Baltimore Police Department here:
CREDIBLE THREAT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
Baltimore, Md., April 27, 2015 – The Baltimore Police Department / Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to “take-out” law enforcement officers.
This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers. Notification will be sent via NLETS. Further information will be sent through appropriate channels.