WMG tightens Dogan partnership with Warner Music Turkey launch
Warner Music and Doğan Music already have a partnership in Turkey but have now expanded the scope of that relationship with the opening of Warner Music Turkey. The two companies will work on building up domestic repertoire...
January 7, 2020
Warner Music Group appoints its first senior privacy counsel
Here’s an interesting job title for a major label: senior privacy counsel. Warner Music Group has just created the role, and appointed Clare McConnell to it, reporting in to WMG’s general counsel, international, Kate...
December 12, 2019
Rights-buyups heat up with WMG/Providence and Hipgnosis
One of the trends of 2019 so far concerns the value of music catalogues (publishing rights, mainly, but also master recordings) as well as the well-funded entities jostling to buy them. A pair of stories yesterday offered...
December 11, 2019
WMG boss bullish on growth after $2bn of annual streaming revenue
“We’re now five years into the industry’s recovery. There are over 280 million streaming subscribers globally. And we still see plenty of room for more growth.” The words of Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper in his...
November 28, 2019
WMG pushes back at reports that Stormzy triggered Ben Cook resignation
You’ve likely read the news earlier this week that Atlantic Records UK president Ben Cook was stepping down, as the result of an incident seven years ago when he went to a party dressed as a member of Run DMC. Cook was...
October 18, 2019
Audiomack gets its first major licensing deal – with WMG
US-based streaming service Audiomack has spent much of its life since launch (in 2012) flying under the industry’s radar, starting as a mixtape-hosting site before becoming more of a SoundCloud-style direct-artist-uploads...
August 23, 2019
WMG boss: streaming isn’t the only reason for industry growth
Warner Music Group published its latest quarterly financials yesterday, with its revenues up 10.4% year-on-year to $1.06bn, including 12.5% growth in its digital revenue to $648m – 61.2% of the total. Within that, WMG’s...
August 7, 2019
Sandbox issue 232: Music Marketing in Trigger Cities
Lead: This issue we have a special extended feature looking into the phenomenon of Trigger Cities. These are places outside of the obvious music markets that are now – due to streaming and how algorithms are fed – playing...
July 11, 2019
The latest new music label is… Build-A-Bear Records?
We don’t get to report on stuffed-animal announcements very often in Music Ally’s bulletin, but today we bring you news that retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop is launching its own record label. Build-A-Bear Records is the...
July 10, 2019
AI-music startup Endel releases five new ‘Relax’ albums
Earlier this year, AI-music startup Endel revealed plans to release AI-generated albums through a distribution deal with Warner Music Group. And it definitely *is* a distribution deal: headlines about Endel becoming the...
June 24, 2019
Oana Ruxandra to be WMG biz-dev lead as Ron Wilcox leaves
Oana Ruxandra will be Warner Music Group’s new lead of business development for recorded music, reporting directly in to CEO Steve Cooper. “A talented negotiator and collaborative leader, Oana has a first-class...
June 17, 2019
Executive exits: WMG’s Ole Obermann and Spotify’s Austin Daboh
The latest music executives packing their bags for new climes are Warner Music Group’s chief digital officer Ole Obermann and Spotify’s UK head of music culture and editorial Austin Daboh. Obermann revealed his decision...
June 4, 2019