Intercept Music has formed an agreement with Nashville, Tenn.-based Studio3Bee, a collective led by some of country music’s most decorated executives. Former Sony Music Nashville executives Skip Bishop, Butch Waugh and Renee Bell have signed on to serve as Intercept Music’s Brand Ambassadors with contemporary artists in the country, Americana, bluegrass, AAA and Texas genres. The agreement builds on Brand Ambassador relationships that Intercept Music has already signed in the Latin, pop, Christian and gospel fields, with several more in the works. The announcement was made today by Tod Turner, chief executive officer of Intercept Music.
NEXTUNE Music, based in Bellevue, Washington, now features SESAC music in its licensed music service for businesses. NEXTUNE Music, available in the Apple App Store since July, featured ASCAP-, BMI- and GMR-licensed music for restaurants, retail shops and many other public background music systems.
Beginning in October, NEXTUNE’s music service will include music from SESAC’s more than 30,000 songwriters such as Adele, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and other popular artists. NEXTUNE’s iOS App offers business owners the best way to get the music they want without having to obtain separate public performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, GMR, SOCAN and SESAC.
Super Hi-Fi today announced a collaboration with The Associated Press to transform AP’s daily global news content into audio-based stories that can be seamlessly embedded into any digital music service partner. Using Super Hi-Fi’s AI platform bundled with a customer content license from AP, thousands of daily news headlines from the AP will be available in real time to streaming music services with the full production quality of a DJ’d broadcast.
Lenbrook International, the Canada-based developer of the BluOS music operating system, has partnered with SoundMachine, a music subscription service geared towards an enhanced music experience for light commercial environments.
With its content reaching over 10,000 locations across more than 65 countries, subscribers will now be able to enjoy wirelessly transmitted music through BluOS. SoundMachine provides users fully licensed access to professional curated stations and the ability to schedule promotional messages that will play at either scheduled intervals or at exact times along with their music.
SiriusXM announced today that Bob Lefsetz, outspoken music and culture writer, will host Lefsetz Live!, a new weekly talk show on the Volume channel, talk radio devoted to the discussion of music, the industry and the world beyond.
“To offer our artists the greatest exposure for their music, whether in the states or worldwide, it is vital to align ourselves with highly qualified people delivering the highest quality product and results,” said Intercept Music Chairman Ralph Tashjian. “With their years of experience and proven track record, it is the greatest honor to partner with Ingrooves for global distribution.”
TuneIn and CUMULUS MEDIA have signed an agreement that will bring all 441 of CUMULUS MEDIA’S owned-and-operated stations across 90 U.S. markets to the TuneIn platform as well as distribution of the podcasts from Westwood One Podcast Network. The deal will bring market-leading stations to TuneIn’s 75 million monthly listeners across more than 200 platforms and connected devices including smart speakers, beginning today.