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Production marketplace BeatStars gets into music publishing

BeatStars is more than just a production marketplace: it's moving into music publishing in partnership with Sony Music Publishing
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Sony Music sues fitness brand Gymshark over music usage

Major labels are very keen to strike licensing deals with fitness tech startups, but they’re equally unkeen about the idea of other kinds of fitness brands using their music without the necessary agreements. Witness Sony...
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Sony Music extends unrecouped balance program to songwriters

Major labels have been taking a shellacking in recent times over artists, contracts and streaming royalties. However, Sony Music’s recent announcement of its ‘Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program’ was welcomed...
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Sony Music strikes Roblox deal to explore more virtual events

Keen followers of recent music industry legal news will enjoy the last couple of lines of Roblox’s announcement of a new partnership with Sony Music. “Roblox respects the rights of all creators and uses advanced...
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Investigation explores ‘toxic culture’ at Sony Music Australia

Newspaper investigations of big companies take a lot of time, resources and careful attention to legal issues, and many – often related to the latter – don’t ultimately get published. When they do, their impact...
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Sony Music doubles down on podcasts with Somethin’ Else acquisition

Spotify has evolved from a pure music-streaming service to an 'audio-first' platform including podcasts and live audio. Perhaps major labels will go down a similar evolutionary path. Sony Music is the latest to beef up...
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Sony Music launches ‘Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program’

One of the talking points at the recent UK inquiry into music streaming economics was whether more labels should write off unrecouped balances from the pre-streaming era, and thus ensure more artists start to receive royalties...
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Sony Music’s $400m social, gaming and fitness revenues

At the NY:LON Connect conference earlier this year, Warner Music Group’s Oana Ruxandra talked about three key pillars of new revenues for that label group: social, gaming and fitness. But WMG is far from alone in seeing...
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Sony Music completes Awal deal but awaits regulator’s verdict

Sony Music has completed its acquisition of distributor Awal, and says it will become a new division within the company’s artist and label services arm “enhanced by the technology and network” of its new...
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Sony, WMG, Hybe and more invest in startup Fave’s seed round

We first wrote about Fave as one of this year’s cohort of startups taking part in the Techstars Music accelerator. We described it as focusing on ‘superfan gamification’ then, but now we know a little more about...
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China latest: Sony Music deals and Tencent Music financials

Dealmaking in China’s digital music ecosystem is changing fast, moving on from the time when big labels would license their catalogues exclusively to one streaming company, which would in turn sub-license it to its rivals....
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Sandbox Issue 273 :: Marketing electronic music in 2021

Lead: Historically,  DSPs – tech platforms with slightly younger, early-adopter user bases – were a place where electronic artists readily found success. So what are the best approaches to DSP marketing of electronic...