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Facebook Closes a Music Deal With YouTube’s Biggest Critic

In its quest to become an alternative to YouTube, Facebook Inc. has struck a deal with the popular video site’s loudest critic in the music industry.

The social-media giant secured licenses to songs from Pharrell and Drake through a deal with Global Music Rights, an organization led by Irving Azoff. The veteran agent and label executive has hammered YouTube, the most popular place online to stream songs, for not doing enough to share revenue with artists and songwriters.