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New Michael Jackson compilation includes Shazam AR

A new Michael Jackson album came out on Friday. Well, we say new… ‘Scream’ is the latest compilation album of Jackson’s hits plus a new five-song mash-up and a remix of ‘Thriller’ by Steve Aoki. But from a...
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Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems

Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet...
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Major labels talk hi-res audio: ‘It’s not a niche market’

Traditionally, better audio quality has been a niche, from physical formats like DVD-Audio and SACD to lossless-quality music downloads. Will ‘hi-res’ audio be more than a niche for audiophile music fans? The three...
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Streaming generated $1.3bn for major music labels in Q2 2017

The three major labels – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – saw their collective recorded-music revenue from streaming grow to just under $1.3bn in the second quarter of 2017. That represents 38.5% growth...
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Goldman Sachs predicts $41bn recorded-music industry by 2030

At our NY:LON Connect conference in January this year, Dot Blockchain boss Benji Rogers caused a stir by making the confident prediction that “we’ll be at $100bn a year as an industry in two years” – albeit with the...
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Carlos Vives surprises fans with new video… and phone calls

Colombian artist Carlos Vives has been giving fans a treat this month with a new music video, but also with surprise phone calls. Fans visiting his website were asked to enter their name and phone number, and were then...
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Sony puts Pritam / Diplo track behind streaming paywalls

Spotify will soon be testing out making some albums only available for its paying subscribers for a week or two. But Sony Music is embarking on a separate experiment in India to see whether keeping individual tracks behind...
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Sony Music growth fuelled by streams and physical sales

Sony Music reported strong financial results for the second quarter of 2017 – its fiscal Q1 – with revenues up 18.8% year-on-year to $1.52bn. The label’s operating profit jumped by 57.6% to $225.2m in the same period....
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Believe Digital boss says Sony Music acquisition isn’t a done deal

This weekend’s report in the Nikkei Asian Review that Sony Music was on the verge of buying Believe Digital has sparked a response from the distributor’s CEO Denis Ladegaillerie. In what was flagged as an exclusive...
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MelodyVR signs Sony Music deal; 2017 launch still possible

British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has completed its set of major-label licensing deals, with Sony Music joining Warner Music and Universal Music on its partnerships slate. The deal brings MelodyVR a step closer...
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Sony Music tipped for up-to-$444m acquisition of Believe Digital

Sony Music appears to be in pole position to acquire independent digital distributor Believe Digital. Japanese site Nikkei Asian Review reported over the weekend that the deal could be worth between $355m and $444m if...
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How Metaverse and Sony Music created a ‘Pokémon Go for country music’

Augmented reality (AR) startup Metaverse has been blogging about its recent partnership with Sony Music to create “a game like Pokémon Go, but for country music”. This happened at the 2017 CMA Fest in Nashville, with...