BMG boss suggests major-label valuations are overblown
BMG’s chief executive Hartwig Masuch has been taking his latest potshots at the three major labels, this time focusing on whether their cost structures will prove unwieldy as deals tip more in favour of artists, from frontline...
September 3, 2019
‘Organic growth’ helped BMG revenues grow by 7.5% in 2018
Music company BMG’s revenues grew by 7.5% in 2018 to €545m (around $615m) according to the latest financial results published by parent company Bertelsmann. CEO Thomas Rabe said that organic growth was key to the company’s...
March 27, 2019
Sandbox Issue 215: ‘Boxing Clever. Sandbox Summit Special Issue
In a break with tradition, this issue of Sandbox is a wrap up of our recent Sandbox Summit in London. Inside, we have reports from every panel, every keynote and every presentation – going into detail on what was covered...
November 5, 2018
BMG revenues grew by 3.3% in the first half of 2018
Media group Bertelsmann published its latest financial results yesterday, including figures for its music subsidiary BMG.
August 31, 2018
BMG secures settlement from ISP Cox over copyright case
BMG and American ISP Cox Communications have settled their legal battle over whether the ISP was liable for ‘contributory copyright infringement’.
August 28, 2018
BMG boss Hartwig Masuch: ‘Our ambition is that we are a major’
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch was the closing keynote speaker for the first day of the Midem conference in Cannes today, and he stayed true to his reputation for plain-speaking about the established companies in the industry that...
June 5, 2018
Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trends
Every music company in 2017 is facing the challenge of making sense of a torrent of data from streaming services and social networks, among other sources. How to make the most of it? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit...
October 11, 2017
BMG revenues and profits both up in first half of 2017
It wasn’t just Universal Music posting new financials this week. BMG (through its parent group Bertelsmann) has also revealed its latest figures, with encouraging growth in both revenues and profits. BMG generated revenues...
September 1, 2017
Breaking a music artist in America in 2017 (#midem)
The US remains the world’s biggest recorded-music market, and a tempting one for artists around the world to target. But it’s also one of the most challenging countries to crack as an overseas artist. A panel at the...
June 6, 2017
BMG boss targets major labels with artist royalties comments
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch has poured cold water over the streaming-fuelled revival for major labels, claiming that their margins will soon be coming under pressure as artists demand a greater share of streaming income. “I...
April 10, 2017
BMG to administer Netflix music publishing rights outside US
The music industry is quietly excited about the growth of subscription video-streaming services like Netflix, and their investment in high-quality shows and films that are a big sync opportunity. That’s why an announcement...
February 3, 2017
BPI launches ‘Innovation Hub’ to link music and tech
British music body the BPI is trying a new initiative to get music and tech companies in the same room – talking, not arguing. Its new ‘Innovation Hub’ will involve quarterly events with presentations and networking....
November 21, 2016