UK streaming inquiry calls in ‘market-dominant labels’ bosses
The British music industry will be clearing some diary time next Tuesday (19 January) for the next sessions in the UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. The second session will see the three major...
January 15, 2021
Major labels make diversity, equity and inclusion promises
At the height of the #TheShowMustBePaused campaign last year, there were lots of promises and some big-budget funds created by the major labels in the US. 2020 ended with some more promises, courtesy of a joint statement from...
January 4, 2021
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...
December 11, 2019
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
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...
September 2, 2019
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...
February 22, 2019
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.
October 25, 2013