The MBW Podcast is back – supported by SoundExchange

Music Business Worldwide’s popular podcast is returning for a fresh run, once again featuring probing interviews with the smartest thinkers in the global music industry.

We are proud to announce a new partnership with SoundExchange, which makes the re-launch of the MBW Podcast possible.

(We recently published a must-read feature about SoundExchange, which has paid more than $4 billion in performance royalties to artists and labels to date.)

MBW will post a new Podcast each month, following on from last year’s series which featured industry icons such as Chrysalis Records founder Chris Wright, Glassnote Entertainment Group founder Daniel Glass and Creation Records founder Alan McGee.


The first in our new series, posted next week, will feature an in-depth conversation with Warner Music Group Creative Officer Mike Caren.

Caren (pictured inset) has enjoyed success in his career signing and/or working with artists including Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, CeeLo Green and Bruno Mars.

He has spent more than 20 years working with Atlantic Records.

In 2013, he founded the WMG-backed Artist Partners Group, an imprint which made headlines earlier this year for releasing the only two debut artist albums to go Gold in the US in the first six months of 2016 – Charlie Puth’s Nine-Track Mind and Kevin Gates’ Islah.

Gates’ album recently reached RIAA Platinum status in the US.


“MBW’s thoughtful and incisive journalism will make this podcast series an important part of the global conversation about the future of our business.”

Michael Huppe, SoundExchange

In addition to his A&R work – and often connected to it – Caren is also a successful songwriter and producer whose credits have appeared on albums by artists including Kanye West, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and David Guetta.

“At a time when many are questioning what it really takes to break a new artist in the streaming age, Mike Caren is the perfect interviewee,” said Music Business Worldwide Editor Tim Ingham.

“We’re excited that Mike’s insight into the business kicks off this new series of the MBW Podcast, which would not be possible without support from the good people at SoundExchange.”

“We believe that including thought leaders from all corners of the music business in an open dialog is the best way to develop the path forward for the industry,” said Michael Huppe President and CEO of SoundExchange.

“MBW’s thoughtful and incisive journalism will make this podcast series an important part of the global conversation about the future of our business. We are happy to support this important initiative.”

SoundExchange operates at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry.

The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties and administers direct license agreements on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts.

Learn more about SoundExchange at or Business Worldwide

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