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It’s not just YouTube with expired major-label deals – Spotify has too

Yesterday, it was reported that YouTube’s licensing agreement with Universal Music Group expired earlier this year, meaning that it has switched to a rolling monthly contract while a new deal is negotiated. Music Ally...
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Major labels prepare for YouTube contract renewals

2016 is a massive year for the music industry’s relationship with YouTube – and not just because of the former’s drive for recalibration of safe-harbour legislation. All three major labels are due to negotiate new...
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7 Years: how streaming fuelled the rapid rise of Lukas Graham

“Once I was seven years old, my mama told me: ‘Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely’.” Lukas Graham have plenty of friends now. The band are having a massive worldwide hit with their track ‘7 Years’,...
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WMG and Sony to share Spotify windfall with artists

The long-sensitive question about what major labels would do with any windfall from a Spotify IPO has emerged again, with the labels scrambling to stress that they would share any profits with artists. It’s a rerun of...
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Cür Music strikes licensing deals with major labels

We were first with the news of US music-streaming service Cür Music’s launch yesterday. Now we can report on the licensing agreements that made the launch possible. In the last week, parent company Cür Media has published...
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WMG launches its Top Music Deal app in the UK

With Adele smashing sales records, it’s a good week to be talking about persuading people to buy albums. Warner Music Group is launching its Top Music Deal app in the UK as a free download for iOS devices. It’ll send...
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UMG bags former WMG exec Michael Nash for digital role

Michael Nash spent 11 years driving Warner Music Group’s digital strategy, and since his departure in 2011 has acted as a consultant to the major label. It’s all change for Nash in 2015 though: he’s just joined Universal...
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Happy Birthday to you (but not to your copyright owner)

It’s safe to say there won’t be celebratory cakes, champagne or presents in the offices of Warner/Chappell following a ruling about its ownership of the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’. A US court ruling appears to...
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iHeartRadio launches on Snapchat as Warner Music is pushed out

Snapchat has updated its Discover portal by adding both iHeartRadio and BuzzFeed but – seemingly in a one in, one out strategy – it is dropping Yahoo and Warner Music Group. Discover lets partners share up to 20 stories...
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Big Machine Label Group to stay independent

Nobody, it turns out, will be paying the $225m-$250m that Scott Borchetta was seeking for his Big Machine Label Group: it emerged yesterday that Taylor Swift’s label will remain independent. Well, independent with a distribution...
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Sony Music inks Chinese distro deal with Tencent

Sony Music has followed rival Warner Music in striking a distribution deal with Chinese internet giant Tencent. The partnership, like the WMG one announced a month ago (Bulletin, 14-Nov-14), will see Sony’s catalogue distributed...
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SoundCloud tipped for $150m funding round

It may be less than a year since SoundCloud took $60m in new funding, but according to the Wall Street Journal, it may be returning to VCs for an even bigger round. In fact, it suggests SoundCloud is in talks to raise $150m...