BMG boss Hartwig Masuch: ‘Our ambition is that we are a major’
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch was the closing keynote speaker for the first day of the Midem conference in Cannes today, and he stayed true to his reputation for plain-speaking about the established companies in the industry that...
June 5, 2018
Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trends
Every music company in 2017 is facing the challenge of making sense of a torrent of data from streaming services and social networks, among other sources. How to make the most of it? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit...
October 11, 2017
BMG revenues and profits both up in first half of 2017
It wasn’t just Universal Music posting new financials this week. BMG (through its parent group Bertelsmann) has also revealed its latest figures, with encouraging growth in both revenues and profits. BMG generated revenues...
September 1, 2017
Breaking a music artist in America in 2017 (#midem)
The US remains the world’s biggest recorded-music market, and a tempting one for artists around the world to target. But it’s also one of the most challenging countries to crack as an overseas artist. A panel at the...
June 6, 2017
BMG boss targets major labels with artist royalties comments
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch has poured cold water over the streaming-fuelled revival for major labels, claiming that their margins will soon be coming under pressure as artists demand a greater share of streaming income. “I...
April 10, 2017
BMG to administer Netflix music publishing rights outside US
The music industry is quietly excited about the growth of subscription video-streaming services like Netflix, and their investment in high-quality shows and films that are a big sync opportunity. That’s why an announcement...
February 3, 2017
BPI launches ‘Innovation Hub’ to link music and tech
British music body the BPI is trying a new initiative to get music and tech companies in the same room – talking, not arguing. Its new ‘Innovation Hub’ will involve quarterly events with presentations and networking....
November 21, 2016
Anti-piracy firm Rightscorp unsure about future
Rightscorp may have played a major role in BMG’s successful lawsuit against ISP Cox Communications over copyright infringement, but the anti-piracy firm continues to face financial challenges in its business. Its latest...
November 21, 2016
BMG’s parent has big plans for China, India and Brazil
Media group Bertelsmann, the parent company of music firm BMG, is setting its sights on emerging markets in the years ahead. The company is planning to double its investment in “growth regions” like China, India and Brazil...
November 14, 2016
Cox Communications appeals against $25m BMG verdict
Earlier this year, American ISP Cox Communications was on the wrong end of a $25m damages bill, after being found guilty of wilful copyright infringement in a piracy case brought by BMG. Now, as expected, the ISP is appealing...
November 14, 2016
Rightscorp bullish after BMG / Cox Communications ruling
Anti-piracy firm Rightscorp wasn’t an official party in the recent legal battle between BMG and ISP Cox Communications, but it was an interested observer to say the least. Rightscorp is BMG’s anti-piracy partner, responsible...
August 15, 2016
BMG prevails (again) in Cox Communications piracy case
Music company BMG’s $25m legal win over American ISP Cox Communications has been upheld by a federal judge. BMG went after Cox for not doing enough to prevent repeat copyright-infringement by its customers, based on data...
August 11, 2016