Tag: warner music

Read More

Spinnin’ Records follows X5 in joining Warner Music Group

By now you’ll likely have heard about Warner Music Group getting its chequebook out again, acquiring Dutch dance-music company Spinnin’ Records yesterday. WMG is thought to have paid more than $100m for the label,...
Read More

Apple Music kicks off licensing renewals with new WMG deal

Spotify’s success in persuading labels to renew its licensing deals with a revenue-share more in its favour is starting to have a knock-on effect. Bloomberg reported overnight that Apple has renewed its own deal with...
Read More

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...
Read More

Jason Derulo returns with GIFs, bots and emoji campaign

Jason Derulo has been one of the artists most willing to test out new digital channels to market his music. AR app Taggar in 2014; Tinder and Smule in 2015; Musical.ly and Live.ly in 2016; and chatbots startup Octane AI in...
Read More

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...
Read More

WMG wants ‘greater differentiation’ between free and paid streaming

Streaming may have been the driver behind eight consecutive quarters of revenue growth for Warner Music Group, which reported its latest strong financials yesterday. But CEO Steve Cooper says that WMG is keen for streaming...
Read More

Warner Music buys Songkick concert-discovery assets

Gig-discovery startup Songkick merged with artist-ticketing firm CrowdSurge in 2015, raising $16m from investors including Access Industries in the process. Two years on they are now de-merging, with Songkick’s discovery...
Read More

Prince posthumously returns to YouTube via a Vevo channel

Prince was never one of YouTube’s biggest fans, it’s fair to say, both in terms of putting his own videos on the service or letting live clips shot by fans stay on the service. The latest twist in the star’s posthumous...
Read More

Warner UK’s Emmy Lovell talks Firepit, bots and startup partnerships

Firepit Tech sounds like something you'd need to fend off monsters in a big-budget fantasy drama on Netflix. Thankfully, there are no dragons in Warner Music UK's version. There, Firepit Tech is the label group's in-house...
Read More

Musical.ly stars Lisa and Lena set off on UK tour

Stardom on social app Musical.ly isn’t just about lip-syncing and dancing in front of a smartphone. Some of its most popular ‘musers’ are starting to record their own music, and even go on tour. German twins Lisa...
Read More

Warner Music on how Christopher topped the charts in China (#midem)

How many Danish pop stars have topped the charts in China? One of them was at the Midem conference today, as artist Christopher was joined by his manager and key execs from Warner Music Group to explain his Chinese success. The...
Read More

Warner Music Group extends its YouTube deals but for shorter periods

Warner Music Group has extended its recorded-music and publishing deals with YouTube, but for a shorter time than usual, which hints at the anticipation within the music industry that Google’s video service will face tougher...