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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...
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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,...
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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.
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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.
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Sony Music streaming revenues up 38.2% year-on-year

‘Major label’s streaming revenues growing strongly’ is becoming a familiar part of the industry landscape. Following Universal Music’s results earlier this week, Sony Music’s latest quarterly financials came out...