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UMG launches Spinnup in Japan

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Universal Music Group has established the global DIY digital distribution service for independent and unsigned music in the country.
The newly-launched, localised Japanese language service will aim to help provide local independent artists the opportunity to release their music around the world and be heard by local Universal Music A&Rs at the same time

Curtis Waters’ ‘Stunnin’ Is a TikTok Hit — And a Threat to the Major Label System

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In early March, the veteran A&R Chris Anokute was listening to a SoundCloud link from an aspiring artist. The track came to an end, and the platform’s algorithm automatically queued up Curtis Waters’ “Freckles.” “I felt like he was telling my story,” says Anokute, who worked with Katy Perry at her hit-making peak and now runs an entertainment company called Young Forever Inc. “I became a fan immediately.”

Cambridge Audio launches search for the best unsigned UK music act

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Lockdown can be a blessing in disguise for musicians – check out these 8 brilliant albums recorded in self-isolation if you don’t believe us – but we’d wager there’s not a live music act on the planet who isn’t chomping at the bit to get back out on the road again.