Tag: sony music
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
July 29, 2021
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...
July 21, 2021
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...
July 21, 2021
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...
July 7, 2021
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...
June 22, 2021
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...
June 16, 2021
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...
June 11, 2021
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...
May 27, 2021
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...
May 20, 2021
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...
May 18, 2021
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....
May 18, 2021