From Billboard Magazine:
Three global brands are among the first users of CueSongs, the one-stop online music-licensing service co-founded by U.K. superstar Peter Gabriel in January and targeted at the burgeoning online-marketing sector and other digital usages.
The three marketers using the service, which is still in beta, are the China division of German auto giant Volkswagen; Lenovo, the China-based international computer maker; and the European arm of hotel group Marriott International.
CueSongs, which is still in beta mode, is expected to be fully commercial by this summer. Among the music labels and publishers that have assigned their catalogs on an international basis to CueSongs are Sony Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Gabriel’s Real World Records, Music Sales, Peermusic, Infectious Music, Cooking Vinyl, Kudos Records, Tummy Touch Records, and Skint Entertainment. It is also in talks with the other major music labels and publishers about adding their repertoire.
CueSongs was launched to fill a gap in the music-licensing business that, CEO/co-founder Ed Averdieck says, is dominated by expensive production-music libraries and their time-consuming administration required for rights clearance.
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