YouTube and Universal Music sign new multi-year licensing deal

Despite the continuing rows over the ‘value gap’ and safe harbour, YouTube has struck its second new licensing deal of 2017 with a major label: Universal Music Group. The new global, multi-year agreement follows a similar deal with Warner Music Group in May, although both parties are keeping the details private beyond official statements from […]

YouTube to promote US concert tickets on artist videos

YouTube has announced a partnership with Ticketmaster that will see tickets for artists’ US concerts promoted within their official videos. “Starting today, we will begin featuring hundreds of artist’s upcoming US tour dates on their YouTube videos,” explained a blog post from the YouTube Music team. “Fans enjoying an artist’s official music video on YouTube […]

Shania Twain goes mobile gaming with Home Street partnership

Mobile gaming is a huge and growing industry, with spending up 18% to $40.6bn in 2016 according to research firm SuperData – a figure that matched global box-office revenues for films that year. Mobile games based on musicians, however, are… less lucrative. Publisher Glu Mobile had flops with its games based on Katy Perry, Nicki […]

Universal Music to work on AR / VR experiences with Within

We’ve been writing about virtual reality startup Within since it was founded under the name of Vrse by Chris Milk, the filmmaker whose previous projects included the famous ‘Wilderness Downtown’ interactive video for Arcade Fire. Now Within has signed a high-profile music partnership with Universal Music Group, to make both virtual AND augmented reality experiences […]

VR startup MelodyVR signs licensing deals with Roc Nation

British music/VR startup MelodyVR has announced its latest licensing deals, with Roc Nation and Roc Nation Publishing. The global, multi-year deals will “license the creation and distribution of virtual reality content featuring Roc Nation artists, covering both record label and publishing rights” according to MelodyVR’s announcement for investors this morning. “As part of the relationship, […]

Spotify expands its partnership with Google Assistant

After Google’s press event last night, Spotify put out its own related announcement: an expansion of its partnership with Google around the latter’s Google Assistant voice-controlled helper. Owners of a Google Home smart-speaker have been able to control Spotify using voice commands since its launch, but now those commands will work with Google Assistant on […]

Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems

Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet when Remix Hits followed up with its own press release, there was no mention of Sony Music […]

Tencent strikes sub-licensing deal with Alibaba in China

One of the quirks of the Chinese digital music market, from a western perspective, is the exclusive licensing deals that tech-giant Tencent has struck with major labels. Its deals with global label groups like Universal Music and Sony Music mean that the dominant player in the Chinese music-streaming market gets to sub-license those catalogues to […]

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