Deezer on US drive: ‘It’s not just a me-too strategy’
Deezer’s new chief marketing officer, Beth Murphy, will be based in the company’s San Francisco office as it tries to crack the US. She’s been talking to Billboard about the company’s plans. “It’s...
December 24, 2014
More thoughts on why Twitter didn’t buy SoundCloud
Business Insider has published “some gossip about why Twitter walked away from a $1 billion music deal”, with said deal being the mooted acquisition of SoundCloud. A single source suggests that potential music licensing...
December 15, 2014
SoundCloud pushes back on need for major label deals
SoundCloud signed its first licensing deal with a major label – WMG – last week, but with negotiations still ongoing or temporarily shelved depending on who you talk to, the company is making its views known that such...
November 18, 2014
Warner Music Group’s WEA buys Playlists.net
British startup Playlists.net, which aggregates and recommends playlists created on streaming music service Spotify, has been acquired by Warner Music Group’s WEA label. The major label snapped up the company, which currently...
October 17, 2014
Maker Studios CEO: ‘Everybody is running after the millennials…’
Also at MIPCOM yesterday was Ynon Kreiz, CEO of multi-channel network Maker Studios, which was bought by Disney earlier this year. He didn’t really talk about music – although Maker does have a burgeoning stable of YouTube...
October 16, 2014
Ticketmaster buys Eventjoy
Ticketmaster, its sector’s biggest player, has acquired digital ticketing company Eventjoy. Eventjoy is a DIY ticketing solution for event organisers and places mobile as key to its offerings and activities. Following the...
September 16, 2014
Facebook to add play counts to videos
Video is set to become a bigger part of Facebook – especially for content owners and marketers – as the social network is moving to add play counts to uploaded videos. It says this move came because video views grew 50%...
September 10, 2014
BMG buys Infectious Music to bolster its recorded music business
BMG has made headlines with its acquisition of recorded music catalogues from the likes of Sanctuary, Mute and Skint in recent years, but now the Bertelsmann subsidiary has bought an active label too: Infectious Music. The...
September 4, 2014
UMG revenues down, but $409m Beats windfall to come
Universal Music Group’s revenues for the first half of 2014 were down 10.4% year-on-year to €2bn, including an 11.8% decline in the group’s recorded music revenues to €1.6bn. While release schedules were cited as...
September 2, 2014
Ticketing firm Ticketfly buys live music app WillCall
We first wrote about live music app WillCall in August 2013, when it raised $1.2m for its plans to help people discover and buy tickets for gigs, with added merchandise sales and tip-jar features (Bulletin, 8-Aug-13). Sean...
August 27, 2014
Beats gets its own section on the Apple site
That’s Beats (hardware) as opposed to Beats Music. For now, anyway. Just days after its $3bn acquisition was approved by regulators, Beats has been given it its own section on Apple’s online store. Currently available...
August 14, 2014