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WMG wants ‘greater differentiation’ between free and paid streaming

Streaming may have been the driver behind eight consecutive quarters of revenue growth for Warner Music Group, which reported its latest strong financials yesterday. But CEO Steve Cooper says that WMG is keen for streaming...
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Warner Music buys Songkick concert-discovery assets

Gig-discovery startup Songkick merged with artist-ticketing firm CrowdSurge in 2015, raising $16m from investors including Access Industries in the process. Two years on they are now de-merging, with Songkick’s discovery...
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Prince posthumously returns to YouTube via a Vevo channel

Prince was never one of YouTube’s biggest fans, it’s fair to say, both in terms of putting his own videos on the service or letting live clips shot by fans stay on the service. The latest twist in the star’s posthumous...
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Warner UK’s Emmy Lovell talks Firepit, bots and startup partnerships

Firepit Tech sounds like something you'd need to fend off monsters in a big-budget fantasy drama on Netflix. Thankfully, there are no dragons in Warner Music UK's version. There, Firepit Tech is the label group's in-house...
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Musical.ly stars Lisa and Lena set off on UK tour

Stardom on social app Musical.ly isn’t just about lip-syncing and dancing in front of a smartphone. Some of its most popular ‘musers’ are starting to record their own music, and even go on tour. German twins Lisa...
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Warner Music on how Christopher topped the charts in China (#midem)

How many Danish pop stars have topped the charts in China? One of them was at the Midem conference today, as artist Christopher was joined by his manager and key execs from Warner Music Group to explain his Chinese success. The...
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Warner Music Group extends its YouTube deals but for shorter periods

Warner Music Group has extended its recorded-music and publishing deals with YouTube, but for a shorter time than usual, which hints at the anticipation within the music industry that Google’s video service will face tougher...
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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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From Japanese Instagram cats to Suffolk road-safety ads: marketing Ed Sheeran’s Divide

We know all about the big digital numbers around the new Ed Sheeran album ‘Divide’, from 375m first-week Spotify streams to more than 1bn YouTube video views. What we didn’t know so much about was the marketing behind...
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Warner Music launches streaming-first Artists To Watch label

Warner Music UK is trying something interesting: a ‘streaming-first’ sub-label called Artists To Watch Records, which has got up and running this month. The label has launched a playlist on Spotify (through Warner’s...