Tag: sony music
Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’
Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including...
October 11, 2018
Euro songwriters body comes out against Sony / EMI deal
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the latest industry body to come out against Sony’s plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing. The deal has been ‘notified’ to the European Commission,...
October 9, 2018
Kygo to launch own Palm Tree Records label with Sony Music
The history of major labels giving stars their own imprints to keep them happy – often with promises to sign a bunch of emerging artists that are later quietly forgotten about – is a long one.
October 5, 2018
Sony Music boss fuels speculation about Spotify tensions
What’s that? It’s imminent-licensing-deal-renewal time for Spotify? You wouldn’t know it from interviews being given by the bosses of major labels. Or perhaps you would.
October 4, 2018
UK songwriters’ body Basca opposes Sony / EMI acquisition plans
The European Commission is considering the competition implications of Sony’s move to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, and as we reported last month, independent body Impala has come out strongly against the plans....
October 1, 2018
Sony Music faces streaming-royalties lawsuit from Ricky Nelson estate
There’s a new artist royalties lawsuit in town, with Sony Music Entertainment the target. The class-action lawsuit has been filed by the estate of Ricky Nelson, a rock’n’roll star who had hits from the late...
September 27, 2018
Impala calls for European Commission to block Sony / EMI deal
Fresh from approving Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, the European Commission is now turning its attention to another music-industry merger: Sony’s proposal to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, which was announced...
September 25, 2018
The rise of Indian hip-hop: ‘There’s going to be a huge opportunity…’
From labels to streaming services to brands, they’re all saying the same things: hip-hop is the hottest independent music genre in India in 2018, and it’s only going to get bigger. Hip-hop is the fastest-growing genre...
September 6, 2018
More details emerge on Sony’s ‘Spotify windfall’ for artists
We know from Sony Music’s recent financial results that the label group generated around $768m from the sale of some of its Spotify shares earlier this year. Now we’re finding out more about how the major label is distributing...
August 20, 2018
CNCO create AR app
Latin boyband CNCO are no strangers to cutting-edge technology in their marketing and fan engagement. We have previously written about their smart campaigns, notably their tie-ups with Landmrk for album unlocks and album-listening...
August 17, 2018
Prince’s post-1995 recordings now available to stream
In total, 23 albums by Prince – originally released between 1995 and 2010 – are now available to stream for the first time from today. This covers his post-Warner Bros releases when he put out material on his own NPG...
August 17, 2018