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Warner Music: ‘Success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere’ (#midem)

From Lukas Graham's breakout success to the acquisition last week of Swedish playlists experts X5 Music, Warner Music Group is having an interesting 2016. Today at the Midem conference in Cannes, Stu Bergen, the label...
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WMG buys X5 Music as major labels double down on playlists

At the height of Ministry of Sound’s legal disputes with Spotify, and accompanying speculation about whether streaming will ultimately kill the traditional compilation album, Swedish firm X5 Music was often held up as a...
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WMG buys indie label-group ISS in Indonesia

This is the month of Asian expansion for Warner Music Group (WMG). Yesterday, we reported on the expansion of its publishing arm Warner/Chappell’s partnership with India’s Times Music to cover Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan...
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WMG boss says playlists are why artists need labels

Warner Music Group boss Stephen Cooper has been talking about the dynamics of streaming, and what they mean for labels, in an interview with Billboard. “In the past it was about radio play, weekly charts and sales –...
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Facebook working with WMG on ’Slideshows’ music feature

Facebook is licensing tracks from Warner Music Group. But before you (or we) get too excited, it’s important to stress that the deal is for a specific use of the music: to accompany slideshows of Facebook users’ photos...
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MQA hi-res music format gets licensing deal with WMG

MQA is the latest company hoping to ignite a demand for ‘high-resolution’ digital music, with its format designed for streaming or downloads, created by Meridian Audio co-founder Bob Stuart. His new company has just...
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Streaming now top recorded revenue source for Warner Music

Warner Music Group has announced a new milestone this afternoon: streaming is now the largest source of revenue for its recorded music business. The label group's streaming income has now overtaken both its physical revenues...
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Warner Music to film artist interviews in 360 degrees

As we cover the ongoing debate about YouTube and music, we’re seeing positive partnerships around the platform as well as negativity. Take Warner Music’s decision to start filming artist interviews in 360 degrees,...
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YouTube defends Content ID following music labels’ criticism

YouTube has been defending its Content ID system following criticism of its anti-infringement tool in recent submissions to the US Copyright Office by the three major labels. It represents the latest front in the war of...
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$9.99-a-month streaming not at saturation point say major labels

The music industry added 27 million net new streaming subscribers in 2015, according to this week’s IFPI figures, taking the global total from 41 million to 68 million people paying for services like Spotify and Apple Music. Yet...
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Global music market up 3.2% but IFPI trains guns on ‘value gap’

The IFPI has published its figures for global music sales in 2015, revealing a 3.2% growth in industry revenues to $15bn. The year saw digital revenues overtake physical sales for the first time, with the overall growth...
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It’s not just YouTube with expired major-label deals – Spotify has too

Yesterday, it was reported that YouTube’s licensing agreement with Universal Music Group expired earlier this year, meaning that it has switched to a rolling monthly contract while a new deal is negotiated. Music Ally...