Tag: acquisition

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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%...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Former Maker Studios boss plots rival MCN

Danny Zappin has had a turbulent time with Maker Studios, the multi-channel network (MCN) he was CEO of until he was ousted in 2013 – and he then moved to try and sue it and derail its $950m acquisition by Disney. The Disney...