UK’s CMA officially launches its music streaming market study
UK competition regulator the CMA has this morning officially launched its music streaming market study. What's new is the 'statement of scope'.
January 27, 2022
MMF boss: ‘The majors can not continue having their cake and eating it’
Recent speculation about how much money major labels are earning in 'one-off' licensing payments is rousing a rumpus in the British music industry.
January 17, 2022
Impala wants CMA to investigate Spotify’s Discovery Mode
In its submission to the CMA, Impala encouraged the watchdog to scrutinise the DSPs – and one in particular.
January 6, 2022
UK’s competition regulator tells Meta to sell Giphy
Thanks to its in-progress investigation of Sony Music's AWAL acquisition and its upcoming market study of the music business, the CMA is firmly on the music industry's radar.
December 1, 2021
UK regulator the CMA to launch music streaming market study
The UK's competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), has this morning confirmed plans to launch a market study into music streaming, after its board agreed to begin work on the probe. "On 13 October,...
October 19, 2021
CMA to give ‘careful consideration’ to music market study
The UK's competition regulator, the CMA, has responded to the British government's decision to refer a potential market study of the major music companies to it.
September 23, 2021
UK government refers major labels to competition regulator
The UK is one step closer to a full-blown market study of the major labels' impact on the music industry. In response to the recommendations of the recent UK parliamentary inquiry into music streaming economics, the British...
September 22, 2021
CMA moves into phase two of Sony Music / AWAL investigation
Yesterday the CMA announced that it is now proceeding into a 'phase 2' investigation of the acquisition. What happens next?
September 17, 2021
Viagogo sells StubHub’s business outside North America
Viagogo has satisfied the CMA's concerns by selling StubHub's business outside North America to an investment company called Digital Fuel Capital.
September 9, 2021
FAC and MMF set out their hopes for streaming reforms
As you'll know from our news story yesterday on a competition snag for Sony Music's acquisition of AWAL, the UK's recent music streaming economics inquiry is already having some knock-on effects.
September 8, 2021
UK’s competition regulator concerned by Sony Music / AWAL merger
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Sony Music’s acquisition of distributor AWAL “raises competition concerns”, and has given the major label a five-day deadline to head off a full...
September 7, 2021