Tag: sony music
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...
July 17, 2017
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...
June 28, 2017
Kasabian play Fantasy Football with Spotify stream counts
Kasabian love football: if you didn't already know the band were keen fans of Leicester City, their recent launch of a branded fashion line for the club made it clear. Now label Sony Music is getting all footbally with...
June 21, 2017
Messaging, bots and AI’s music evolution in 2017 (#midem)
Hundreds of thousands of music fans are already interacting with their favourite artists through bots on messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. So how might this trend develop in 2017 and beyond? A panel at Midem today...
June 8, 2017
Will music fans want to ‘stream the studio’ with hi-res audio? (#midem)
Major labels, a number of prominent artists, audio hardware firms and some streaming services are excited about the potential for ‘hi-res audio’. But will more than a niche of fans agree? A panel session during Midem...
June 6, 2017
Sony Music’s Rumble Yard unveils original video shows
We first reported on Sony Music’s original-content YouTube plans in November 2015, when the label group announced a partnership with online star Kurt Hugo Schneider. A year and a half on, Sony Music has unveiled its...
May 12, 2017
The Orchard buys Finetunes and Phonofile… but Merlin protests
Digital distributor The Orchard has acquired two of its rivals: European firm Finetunes and Nordic company Phonofile, in the latest bout of consolidation in the music-distribution space. The latter two companies had merged...
May 4, 2017
Major labels ‘positive and hopeful’ about Facebook licensing
Representatives from the three major labels are hopeful that Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions will be a positive thing for the industry, rather than another ‘value gap’ battle in the making. Music Ally asked...
April 26, 2017
Major labels Universal, Sony and Warner talk 2016 growth… and beyond
Yesterday, the IFPI announced that global recorded-music revenues grew by 5.9% to $15.7bn in 2016. The body held a press conference with representatives from all three major labels sharing their views on the growth. After...
April 26, 2017
Recorded music revenues up 5.9% in 2016: ‘This isn’t mission accomplished…’
At the end of 2015, 68 million people were paying for a subscription to music-streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and their rivals. A year later, that figure had grown to 97 million, according to industry body...
April 25, 2017
Why Sony Music-backed music service Popped failed
Former Sony Music staffer Daan Grasveld has spent the last three years working on a new digital music service called Popped, backed by his former employer. In February (yes, we missed it at the time) he published an interesting...
March 20, 2017