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Major labels heading towards $1m-an-hour of streaming revenues

We’re hardly sticking our necks out when we predict that 2019 will be the fifth consecutive year of growth for global recorded-music revenues, even if the IFPI stats showing it won’t be published until mid-2020. Figures...
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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...
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Report 424: Music/Tech Startups in 2019

Our focus is on music/tech startups, and their interaction with the music industry. Screenwriter William Goldman’s famous line about Hollywood – ”Nobody knows anything” – applies just as well to the task of spotting...
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Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018

With all three major labels having published their financial results for the final quarter of 2018 – and thus for the year as a whole – we can get a picture of how their digital businesses grew. MBW’s analysis claims...
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Merlin boss goes on the attack over majors’ market-share figures

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas has criticised major labels a few times in recent months alluding to manipulation of market shares in the streaming world.
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Could major labels merge with ISPs?

French industry blogger Hugo Amsellem has proposed a radical solution to the music biz's woes: 'vertical integration'. Or, in his words: "It's very likely that the majors will merge with the new online music distributors:...