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MelodyVR signs Sony Music deal; 2017 launch still possible

British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has completed its set of major-label licensing deals, with Sony Music joining Warner Music and Universal Music on its partnerships slate. The deal brings MelodyVR a step closer...
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Sony Music tipped for up-to-$444m acquisition of Believe Digital

Sony Music appears to be in pole position to acquire independent digital distributor Believe Digital. Japanese site Nikkei Asian Review reported over the weekend that the deal could be worth between $355m and $444m if...
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How Metaverse and Sony Music created a ‘Pokémon Go for country music’

Augmented reality (AR) startup Metaverse has been blogging about its recent partnership with Sony Music to create “a game like Pokémon Go, but for country music”. This happened at the 2017 CMA Fest in Nashville, with...
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Kasabian play Fantasy Football with Spotify stream counts

Kasabian love football: if you didn't already know the band were keen fans of Leicester City, their recent launch of a branded fashion line for the club made it clear. Now label Sony Music is getting all footbally with...
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Messaging, bots and AI’s music evolution in 2017 (#midem)

Hundreds of thousands of music fans are already interacting with their favourite artists through bots on messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. So how might this trend develop in 2017 and beyond? A panel at Midem today...
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Will music fans want to ‘stream the studio’ with hi-res audio? (#midem)

Major labels, a number of prominent artists, audio hardware firms and some streaming services are excited about the potential for ‘hi-res audio’. But will more than a niche of fans agree? A panel session during Midem...
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Sony Music’s Rumble Yard unveils original video shows

We first reported on Sony Music’s original-content YouTube plans in November 2015, when the label group announced a partnership with online star Kurt Hugo Schneider. A year and a half on, Sony Music has unveiled its...
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The Orchard buys Finetunes and Phonofile… but Merlin protests

Digital distributor The Orchard has acquired two of its rivals: European firm Finetunes and Nordic company Phonofile, in the latest bout of consolidation in the music-distribution space. The latter two companies had merged...
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Major labels ‘positive and hopeful’ about Facebook licensing

Representatives from the three major labels are hopeful that Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions will be a positive thing for the industry, rather than another ‘value gap’ battle in the making. Music Ally asked...
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Major labels Universal, Sony and Warner talk 2016 growth… and beyond

Yesterday, the IFPI announced that global recorded-music revenues grew by 5.9% to $15.7bn in 2016. The body held a press conference with representatives from all three major labels sharing their views on the growth. After...
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Recorded music revenues up 5.9% in 2016: ‘This isn’t mission accomplished…’

At the end of 2015, 68 million people were paying for a subscription to music-streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and their rivals. A year later, that figure had grown to 97 million, according to industry body...
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Why Sony Music-backed music service Popped failed

Former Sony Music staffer Daan Grasveld has spent the last three years working on a new digital music service called Popped, backed by his former employer. In February (yes, we missed it at the time) he published an interesting...