Tag: warner music
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,...
September 8, 2017
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...
September 7, 2017
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...
September 4, 2017
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...
September 4, 2017
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...
September 1, 2017
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...
August 9, 2017
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...
July 17, 2017
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...
July 10, 2017
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...
June 28, 2017
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...
June 27, 2017
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...
June 7, 2017
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...
May 8, 2017