The Jesus and Mary Chain sue WMG over copyright termination
Around the time of their 1985 debut album ’Psychocandy’ The Jesus and Mary Chain were famous for fighting – with the audience and with each other. Now, in 2021, they’re in a battle with Warner Music Group over...
June 15, 2021
Music clips startup Songclip strikes deal with WMG
Songclip is one of the startups trying to help app developers use licensed music in fields from social and dating to fitness and games. It raised an $11m funding round in March, and now it has a deal with Warner Music...
June 4, 2021
WMG deal brings East African label WCB-Wasafi into its fold
Independent labels – often owned by artists – have become an important part of Africa’s emerging music industries. That’s why the global majors are so keen to strike deals with them, offering a path to global audiences...
May 18, 2021
Spotify strikes WMG podcasts deal and rebrands Dissect for UK
We’ve seen Spotify doing deals with podcast production companies, and major labels doing deals with podcast production companies. The logical next step comes with the announcement by Warner Music Group and Spotify that...
April 16, 2021
WMG and Rothco launch ‘Saylists’ speech therapy playlists
The word ‘saylists’ sounds like a terrible piece of branding, perhaps for playlists of podcasts. Thankfully it’s not: it’s actually an interesting initiative launched by Warner Music Group and Accenture...
March 26, 2021
Warner Music ramps up in Russia with Zhara Music acquisition
Streaming is driving growth in Russia, and that in turn is driving consolidation from the global major labels, as they seek to firm up their footholds in the market. Warner Music Group announced yesterday that it is acquiring...
March 25, 2021
Tencent Music signs WMG deal and reveals latest financials
Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) has a full set of joint-venture labels with the three global majors, having announced one with Warner Music Group yesterday. It’s part of the two companies’ extended licensing...
March 23, 2021
ADA Latin steps up its efforts with more distribution deals
Warner Music Group is celebrating the growth of ADA Latin, the Latin division of its in-house distributor, which launched in July last year. Helmed by former Music Ally exec Juan Paz, the new division has signed deals with...
March 19, 2021
Warner Music Group invests in Middle Eastern label Rotana
Warner Music Group’s latest splashing of its cash is focused on the Middle East, and independent label Rotana Music. The undisclosed investment includes a deal for WMG’s Ada Worldwide label services division to...
February 17, 2021
WMG strikes deal with Punjabi music firm Sky Digital India
As India’s music streaming market grows, so the western major labels continue to seek out partners to grow their foothold there. The latest example is Warner Music Group’s new distribution agreement with Sky Digital India,...
January 18, 2021
WMG boss hopes Spotify rivals will also test price rises
Warner Music Group chief Steve Cooper has welcomed Spotify’s tests of higher-priced subscriptions, and hopes that it might persuade rivals to follow suit. “We do think this is good news that Spotify is beginning...
November 24, 2020
Lickd’s latest major-label licensing deal is with Warner Music
Startup Lickd has signed its second major label licensing deal in a matter of months, adding an agreement with Warner Music Group to the UMG deal that it announced in June. Lickd will now be adding “millions”...
August 18, 2020