Tag: warner music
WMG’s Stu Bergen: ‘I would caution us not to get drunk on two years of growth’ (#SlushMusic)
As CEO, international and global commercial services at Warner Music Group, Stu Bergen has become one of the main spokespeople for WMG’s strategy in the streaming age. At the Slush Music conference in Helsinki today,...
November 29, 2017
VR and music: ‘The biggest challenge thus far is the storytelling’ (#SlushMusic)
Musical VR is creatively exciting but commercially nascent: key startups are still in their early days, while there’s no clear path for artists and labels to make decent money (or even a return on their investment) in virtual...
November 28, 2017
Paid online-music market tipped to grow 59% in China
The market for ‘paid online music’ in China is expected to grow by 59% this year to $455m according to research firm iResearch, whose prediction is quoted prominently in the Financial Times’ latest piece on China. It...
November 24, 2017
Warner Music’s Tracy Gardner hails potential of voice technology
Warner Music Group’s SVP of global business development and strategy Tracy Gardner is one of the industry executives enthused about the potential for smart speakers and voice controls. “It is particularly fascinating...
November 22, 2017
Songkick app: ‘We won’t be selling tickets ourselves…’
Songkick the company is shutting down, ending its ticketing operations after a punishing legal battle with Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Songkick the concert-recommendations app, however, is very much alive and kicking,...
October 30, 2017
Digital marketing lessons from WMG, Kobalt and Lounge Books
Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London yesterday included three short’n’sharp sessions where digital marketers outlined the lessons they learned from recent campaigns. Warner Music Group’s senior VP of...
October 12, 2017
Mixcloud signs its first direct licensing deal, with WMG
UK-based streaming service Mixcloud has signed a direct licensing deal with Warner Music Group, its first such partnership with a label. The company says it’s working on a premium subscription tier for which such deals...
October 9, 2017
WMG appoints new leadership team for Warner Bros Records
Warner Music Group’s new CEO of recorded music Max Lousada isn’t wasting any time making changes within the group. Cameron Strang is stepping down as chairman and CEO of WMG’s Warner Bros Records, to be replaced...
October 4, 2017
Spinnin’ Records follows X5 in joining Warner Music Group
By now you’ll likely have heard about Warner Music Group getting its chequebook out again, acquiring Dutch dance-music company Spinnin’ Records yesterday. WMG is thought to have paid more than $100m for the label,...
September 8, 2017
Apple Music kicks off licensing renewals with new WMG deal
Spotify’s success in persuading labels to renew its licensing deals with a revenue-share more in its favour is starting to have a knock-on effect. Bloomberg reported overnight that Apple has renewed its own deal with...
September 7, 2017
Major labels talk hi-res audio: ‘It’s not a niche market’
Traditionally, better audio quality has been a niche, from physical formats like DVD-Audio and SACD to lossless-quality music downloads. Will ‘hi-res’ audio be more than a niche for audiophile music fans? The three...
September 4, 2017
Jason Derulo returns with GIFs, bots and emoji campaign
Jason Derulo has been one of the artists most willing to test out new digital channels to market his music. AR app Taggar in 2014; Tinder and Smule in 2015; Musical.ly and Live.ly in 2016; and chatbots startup Octane AI in...
September 4, 2017