Tag: warner music
WMG and Sony to share Spotify windfall with artists
The long-sensitive question about what major labels would do with any windfall from a Spotify IPO has emerged again, with the labels scrambling to stress that they would share any profits with artists. It’s a rerun of...
February 5, 2016
Cür Music strikes licensing deals with major labels
We were first with the news of US music-streaming service Cür Music’s launch yesterday. Now we can report on the licensing agreements that made the launch possible. In the last week, parent company Cür Media has published...
January 26, 2016
WMG launches its Top Music Deal app in the UK
With Adele smashing sales records, it’s a good week to be talking about persuading people to buy albums. Warner Music Group is launching its Top Music Deal app in the UK as a free download for iOS devices. It’ll send...
November 25, 2015
UMG bags former WMG exec Michael Nash for digital role
Michael Nash spent 11 years driving Warner Music Group’s digital strategy, and since his departure in 2011 has acted as a consultant to the major label. It’s all change for Nash in 2015 though: he’s just joined Universal...
October 30, 2015
Happy Birthday to you (but not to your copyright owner)
It’s safe to say there won’t be celebratory cakes, champagne or presents in the offices of Warner/Chappell following a ruling about its ownership of the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’. A US court ruling appears to...
September 23, 2015
iHeartRadio launches on Snapchat as Warner Music is pushed out
Snapchat has updated its Discover portal by adding both iHeartRadio and BuzzFeed but – seemingly in a one in, one out strategy – it is dropping Yahoo and Warner Music Group. Discover lets partners share up to 20 stories...
July 28, 2015
Big Machine Label Group to stay independent
Nobody, it turns out, will be paying the $225m-$250m that Scott Borchetta was seeking for his Big Machine Label Group: it emerged yesterday that Taylor Swift’s label will remain independent. Well, independent with a distribution...
July 3, 2015
Sony Music inks Chinese distro deal with Tencent
Sony Music has followed rival Warner Music in striking a distribution deal with Chinese internet giant Tencent. The partnership, like the WMG one announced a month ago (Bulletin, 14-Nov-14), will see Sony’s catalogue distributed...
December 25, 2014
SoundCloud tipped for $150m funding round
It may be less than a year since SoundCloud took $60m in new funding, but according to the Wall Street Journal, it may be returning to VCs for an even bigger round. In fact, it suggests SoundCloud is in talks to raise $150m...
December 19, 2014
New ERA chairman ‘uncomfortable being stereotyped as the digital guy’
The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association has appointed a new chairman: Raoul Chatterjee, SVP of music at 7digital. The former Warner Music exec is the first person to hold the role with a digital background, although...
September 20, 2014
Warner Music UK launches Find My Festival Spotify app
What was that about Spotify winding down the App Finder element of its desktop software, and no new apps being launched for it? Warner Music UK has, er, launched a new Spotify app within App Finder. It’s called Find...
June 28, 2014