Sony/ATV teams up with social-compilations label Heard Well
Publisher Sony/ATV has signed an extremely interesting deal with Heard Well, the compilations label co-founded by YouTuber Connor Franta that gets other social stars to curate its releases. Described as a “publishing...
July 28, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017
Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier: ‘YouTube should have paid us $5bn’
With its $750m buyout of the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% stake in the company, 2016 has been a big year for Sony/ATV. It has also consolidated its position in the publishing market, with subscription streaming revenues...
December 22, 2016
Music publishers gear up for Facebook licensing push
If 2016 was the year of the ‘value gap’ debate around YouTube and music licensing, could 2017 see music rightsholders shift some of their pressure on to Facebook? According to Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier, the social...
December 21, 2016
Sony/ATV riding high in US publishers rankings
Sony/ATV has extended its lead in the US music-publishing market, with a 27.9% market share in the third quarter of this year, up from 26.6% in Q2. That means Sony/ATV is holding off the challenge of second-placed Warner/Chappell,...
October 31, 2016
Stringer to step up at Sony and Sony/ATV promotes Monaco
Sony Music has announced that its CEO Doug Morris will be stepping back to a chairman role in April 2017, to be replaced by current Columbia Records chairman and CEO Rob Stringer. Morris will be taking an advisory role, rather...
October 19, 2016
US publishing industry in uproar over DoJ licensing plans
Music Ally reported on the official confirmation late last week that the US Department of Justice will enforce “100% licensing” under its consent decrees. Since then, members of the publishing community have been having...
August 8, 2016
Sony gets regulatory approval to buy Michael Jackson’s share of Sony/ATV
One of the biggest music publishing deals in living memory has been given unconditional approval by EU regulators. Sony Corp. can now buy out the 50% stake in Sony/ATV that was owned by Michael Jackson (and subsequently controlled...
August 2, 2016
Publishers up in arms over consent-decree plans
A row is brewing – yes, another one – in the US publishing sector. It concerns changes being made to the consent decree there, or rather, the decision NOT to make anticipated changes allowing publishers to withdraw digital...
July 1, 2016
SoundCloud secures European deal with Sony/ATV
SoundCloud’s global dealmaking continues as it works towards launching its new SoundCloud Go premium tier outside the US. Its latest agreement is with publisher Sony/ATV: a multi-territory agreement for Europe that extends...
April 19, 2016
Sony buys Michael Jackson estate share of Sony/ATV for $750m
After a 2015 in which Sony was tipped to sell its stake in publishing company Sony/ATV, 2016 has brought a different story: Sony buying out the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% share in the publisher instead. Sony has agreed...
March 15, 2016