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The Deals: Spotify Integrates With Bandsintown; Mötley Crüe Links With Super7 for Action Figure Line

Mr. Nimbus | 02/22/2024

Event discovery platform Bandsintown will be directly integrated into Spotify via a new partnership with the streaming service. The agreement allows artists to directly reach fans through the Spotify app in order to drive stronger engagement and more robust sales for events around the globe. According to Bandsintown, in 2023, the platform increased the number of concerts listed in its database by more than 150,000 year-over-year, while Spotify says it has increased impressions for live events across its platform by 10 times in the last 12 months. – Dave Brooks

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Collectibles, toys and apparel company Super7 secured the rights to create a new line of Mötley Crüe action figures featuring all four members of the iconic metal band: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars. The “ReAction Figures” are 3.75″ tall and retail for $20 each. Super7 has previously designed, manufactured and distributed officially licensed products for artists including Iron Maiden, the Misfits, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Beastie Boys.

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Music financing platform Duetti announced $90 million in new funding, including $15 million in new equity and a new $75 million credit facility. The equity financing is led by Nyca Partners alongside Viola Ventures, Duetti’s lead seed equity investor, and Cohen Circle. The credit facility comes from Northleaf Capital Partners. Duetti allows a wide range of artists to sell master catalogs, individual tracks or parts of tracks, opening up opportunities for those who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to such deals. The new funding will be used to accelerate the growth of Duetti’s catalog acquisitions, the development of the company’s prediction and analytics technology and the expansion of its catalog marketing capabilities. Duetti recently opened offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

Warner Chappell Production Music (WCPM) and Warner Chappell Music (WCM) partnered to launch a new label, Run4Cover, which will pair WCM’s catalog with WCPM’s production expertise to deliver new arrangements of songs in order to minimize licensing complexities for productions and content creators. Run4Cover’s repertoire includes new versions of songs by artists including Radiohead (“Exit Music (For A Film),” “Karma Police”), Curtis Mayfield (“Move On Up”), Kool & The Gang (“Celebration”) and Donna Summer (“Hot Stuff”). The songs are rendered in “diverse styles,” according to a press release, from big band to nu-disco; Run4Cover will also offer custom covers. All Run4Cover compositions are controlled by WCM while the original master recordings are owned by WCPM. Clients will benefit from a streamlined clearance process through a single point of contact. Licensing inquiries can be sent to licensing@warnerchappellpm.com.

AXS and CTS Eventim were appointed the official ticketing services providers for the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. The two companies will form a joint venture to combine their tech and marketing assets to promote, sell and distribute LA28 tickets globally. Their online storefronts will be made available for the global distribution of Olympics 2028 tickets, which will also be sold through the LA28 website.

ADA Worldwide struck distribution deals with Charlotte, N.C.-based label South Coast Music Group and Valley Entertainment, an indie label with a focus on singer-songwriters, modern Irish artists and World music. Founded by Arnold Taylor, South Coast’s roster includes emerging hip-hop artists including Dustystaytrue, DeeYounginn, Luclover and Big Mali. Valley Entertainment’s catalog includes tracks by David Darling and Jonn Serrie and new recordings from frontline acts including Lisbeth Scott and Squeeze.

OneLand Music Group announced a deal with Create Music Group that encompasses Create’s acquisition of OneLand’s music catalog and a joint venture to release new music, beginning with Atomic Otro Way’s new EP, Dembow 5. “This is a full circle moment for both the Create and OneLand teams,” said OneLand Music Group co-founder Hector Morales in a statement. “In 2019 we partnered with Create to help them sign their first Latin artist. Ever since then, we’ve worked closely with Jonathan [Strauss] and Alex [Williams] to build opportunities for OneLand artists. This venture is a celebration of our shared musical vision and we’re thrilled to be in business with Create’s growing team.”

Music promotion platform Groover announced an $8 million Series A funding round led by investors OneRagtime, Trind, Techmind and MozzaAngels and supported by earlier backers Partech, Bpifrance‘s Tech & Touch fund, Verve Ventures and Frenchfounders. The new funding will help Groover integrate additional services into the platform including promotion, marketing, coaching and career development while supporting the expansion of Groover’s presence in the North American, European and Latin American markets. Launched in 2019 by Dorian Perron, Rafael Cohen and Romain Palmieri, Groover provides artists with the opportunity to network with music industry players to receive feedback on their work. According to a press release, Groover has so far drawn nearly 350,000 independent artists from more than 180 countries and generated more than 4 million personalized reviews.

Music collaboration platform ENGINEEARS closed a $7.5 million seed round led by Drive Capital, with participation from 645 Ventures, Slauson & Co. and FLUS Investment Group, the venture arm of SALXCO. The platform is designed to streamline music collaboration, make payment and project management processes easier and more.

Atlantic Records UK partnered with London-based agency EYC LTD, which specializes in talent and brand management and event planning. Under the deal, Atlantic UK will work closely with EYC to sign and develop artists under a new imprint, EYC Records, while serving as a connection between Atlantic UK’s roster and EYC LTD’s global client base, which includes Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Bentley and Samsung. EYC Records will sign early-stage acts “aligned with the progressive, culture-first ethos of EYC LTD,” according to a press release, working with Atlantic UK and ADA to develop them. The first artist signed to the imprint is Betty, who has already released two singles under the deal: “Mum Says” and “Take Me Under.” EYC Records is also developing the artist project of poet, model and activist Kai-Isaiah Jamal, who will begin releasing music early this year. “I am extremely happy about the launch of EYC Records — a platform to develop the acts we believe in, facilitate brand partnerships in our field of expertise and push our creative visions to the next level,” said EYC LTD director Cora Delaney in a statement.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts is collaborating with Atlantic Records on a semester-long series of career development workshops and sessions with Atlantic executives, including A&R president Pete Ganbarg. Eight events held at the institute’s Brooklyn location and Atlantic’s Manhattan offices will offer students access to Atlantic executives to learn about opportunities on both the business and artistic sides of the label. It will end with a weeklong songwriting camp led by Atlantic staffer and institute alum Stefan Accardo that will match select students and alumni with Atlantic artists. The partnership kicked off on Feb. 13 with the first of two field trips to Atlantic Records’ New York offices.

Cloud-based end-to-end music rights and royalties administration platform RyteBox acquired SR1, a digitally-native royalty calculation suite, from Exactuals. Joe DeCanio, president/CEO of SR1, along with his team will join RyteBox following the acquisition. SR1 helps to streamline royalty management for its clients, including mechanical licenses and reporting; expense processing; royalty statement generation; deal management; sales and income processing; master licensing and invoicing; and neighboring rights. Those capabilities will serve to complement RyteBox’s current services, which include contract and catalog management; revenue and royalty calculations, statements, and analytics; and relationship management for recorded music and publishing.

NeueHouse, a private workspace and social club for creative workers, has teamed up with the Save the Music Foundation to become the official partner of NeueHouse’s Sunset Sounds live music series. The partnership will kick off with the next Sunset Sounds event on Feb. 22: a listening experience hosted by MGMT where guests will have the opportunity to listen to the band’s new album, Loss of Life, one day prior to release. Going forward, NeueHouse will tap Save the Music for programming opportunities for its various shows, with a portion of the proceeds from each going to fund Save the Music’s various student initiatives.

ASM Global has been contracted to manage and operate Thunder Ridge Nature Arena, a new 18,000-capacity venue in Ridgedale, Mo. ASM has partnered with Live Nation to produce live music events at the outdoor amphitheater, which is slated to open in May.

Oak View Group (OVG) acquired the Stadium Club division from Invited, a leading owner-operator of private golf, country and city clubs in North America. Under the deal, OVG will own and operate Stadium Club properties at universities across the United States; OVG and Invited have also struck a long-term partnership focused on “enhanced membership benefits and uniquely curated experiences for both Invited and OVG club members,” according to a press release. Stadium Club properties include Arizona Sands Club at University of Arizona, Baylor Club at Baylor University, Ken Garff University Club at University of Utah, Texas Tech Club at Texas Tech University, University Club of Virginia Tech at Virginia Tech and the Carolina Club at the University of North Carolina.

Big Machine Label Group and W!ZARD Radio Media entered an agreement to develop and launch a slate of new podcasts. Under the partnership, the two companies will handle production, distribution, marketing, promotion and ad sales functions of the podcast slate. The partnership launches with the sports-comedy podcast A Game of No Halves, hosted by British broadcasting legend “Whispering” Bob Harris and his son Miles Myerscough-Harris. The partnership also encompasses the re-launch of the podcast Songwriter Soup, hosted by songwriter Laura Veltz (“Speechless,” “I Could Use a Love Song”), financial advisor Tracy Hackney and producer Kevin Sokolnicki. – Jessica Nicholson

Primary ticketing and event commerce marketplace Tixr struck a deal with Eden Nightclub Ibiza making Tixr the club’s official ticketing partner. “Tixr’s advanced technological solutions provide a transformative answer to the longstanding challenges faced by nightclubs. From optimizing online ticket sales to implementing unique selling strategies and unlocking revenue streams beyond traditional ticketing, Tixr’s innovation resonates with our commitment to redefining the clubbing experience,” said Rinco Soesman, owner/director of Eden Nighclub Ibiza, in a statement.

Amuse struck an automated integration with YouTube for official artist channels (OACs). Users on Amuse’s Boost and Pro tiers can now request their OAC in a quicker, more streamlined process under the integration, merging all of their subscribers and content from different areas of YouTube into one channel. The YouTube OAC integration will now show as an option within an artist’s profile on the Amuse web app. Additionally, eligible Amuse artists will be granted access to supporting YouTube tools involving analytics, merch, ticketing and more.

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