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Former Roblox Head of Music Jonathan Vlassopulos Joins Napster as CEO

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Vlassopulos, who departed Roblox in April after three years, became known for shaping the company’s cutting-edge virtual concert strategy in the early days of the pandemic, with the platform hosting blockbuster virtual shows for artists including Lil Nas X, Tai Verdes, Twenty One Pilots and 24KGoldn. He also navigated Roblox through a rough patch after the company was sued by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) for copyright infringement in June 2021. The two parties settled the $200 million lawsuit three months later and launched talks for go-forward licensing deals.

Vlassopulos joins Napster four months after the company — which began in 1999 as a peer-to-peer file-sharing service that itself ran afoul of the music industry — was acquired by Web3 companies Hivemind and Algorand, with plans to bring the long-running brand into the Web3 space.

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