Warner Classics adds its catalogue to streaming service Idagio

Idagio is one of the streaming services focusing on classical music, with a catalogue of more than 650k tracks. That catalogue is getting bigger from this week, thanks to a new deal with Warner Classics. Over the coming weeks, WMG’s classical division will add its new and recent releases to the platform, as well as […]

A&R’s data moment: Sodatone acquisition and Instrumental funding

Two separate announcements yesterday highlight the fact that big-data and machine-learning for A&R purposes are enjoying a bit of a moment – after years of being mostly seen as a controversial niche when they cropped up in the on-stage conversations at industry conferences. Music Ally has been to countless panel sessions where A&R veterans scoffed […]

Non-musical content key to UMG and WMG’s latest moves

Two separate announcements from major labels Universal Music and Warner Music shed some light on how they’re tackling content around the music of their artists. UMG has appointed Celine Joshua to a new position as general manager, commercial, content and artist strategy. Her role will include heading a new label called ’10:22 pm’ focused on […]

WMG’s Songkick signs new deals with Facebook and FNAC

We say ‘WMG’s Songkick’ here to differentiate the concert-discovery website and app – which the major label acquired last year – from its former owner, which shut down operations but went on to prevail in its legal battle with Live Nation. It’s business as usual for WMG’s operation, which announced a pair of new partnerships […]

WMG hopes the next Despacito could come from the Middle East (interview)

Warner Music Group’s latest global expansion is Warner Music Middle East, a wholly-owned affiliate which will cover 17 markets across the Middle East and North Africa. Moe Hamzeh is the new division’s managing director, having joined the label group from Beirut-based video-streaming platform m.media. He’ll be responsible for establishing the new unit, growing its digital […]

Warner Music Group revenues grew by 14% in Q4 2017

Warner Music Group continues to capitalise on the music industry’s streaming-fuelled return to growth. The major label recorded revenues of $1.05bn for the fourth quarter of 2017, up 14% year-on-year. Its digital revenues grew by 20% to $533m as part of that – 51% of the total. However, WMG’s operating income fell by 4% to […]

Trendwatch: fan relationships 3.0 and the rise of artist services

The first afternoon session in the second day of the NY:LON Connect conference focused on artist services, starting with a speech from Matt Young, EVP of Warner Music Artist Services. The post Trendwatch: fan relationships 3.0 and the rise of artist services appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Beggars Group, AEI Media and Atlantic Records talk modern-day music companies

Is it too much to hope that we’ve seen the last ‘death of labels’ story in the modern music industry? Labels aren’t dying as an industry entity, but they are evolving in interesting ways, as are management companies, publishers and music companies with their roots in the digital world. It’s the blurring of the boundaries […]

UMG and WMG execs talk ‘growth hacking’ global music-streaming

‘Growth hacking’ has been a buzz phrase within the tech world for years now: referring to inventive (and sometimes unconventional) ways to attract more and more users and/or revenue to a fast-growing startup’s product or service. Is it a phrase we should be applying to music-streaming on a global basis? The very first session at […]

Warner Music Group revenues up 10.2% year-on-year

The music industry’s growth story continues: Warner Music Group has just announced its financials for its fiscal fourth quarter, and thus its full financial-year figures. The headline: 10.2% growth in total revenues. In fact, WMG saw its revenues grow from $3.25bn in the year ended 30 September 2016 to $3.58bn in the year ended 30 […]

WMG’s Stu Bergen: ‘I would caution us not to get drunk on two years of growth’ (#SlushMusic)

As CEO, international and global commercial services at Warner Music Group, Stu Bergen has become one of the main spokespeople for WMG’s strategy in the streaming age. At the Slush Music conference in Helsinki today, Bergen appeared in a session with the event’s co-founder Kalle Lindroth – a musician in his own right – to […]

VR and music: ‘The biggest challenge thus far is the storytelling’ (#SlushMusic)

Musical VR is creatively exciting but commercially nascent: key startups are still in their early days, while there’s no clear path for artists and labels to make decent money (or even a return on their investment) in virtual reality right now. Should that stop them trying? You’ll be enormously unsurprised to hear that the answer […]

Paid online-music market tipped to grow 59% in China

The market for ‘paid online music’ in China is expected to grow by 59% this year to $455m according to research firm iResearch, whose prediction is quoted prominently in the Financial Times’ latest piece on China. It focuses on the evolving dynamics of the Chinese streaming market, where the exclusive licensing deals signed by Tencent […]

Songkick app: ‘We won’t be selling tickets ourselves…’

Songkick the company is shutting down, ending its ticketing operations after a punishing legal battle with Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Songkick the concert-recommendations app, however, is very much alive and kicking, having been sold to Warner Music Group earlier this year. To head off potential confusion for its users around the corporate-shutdown news, the app’s […]

Digital marketing lessons from WMG, Kobalt and Lounge Books

Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London yesterday included three short’n’sharp sessions where digital marketers outlined the lessons they learned from recent campaigns. Warner Music Group’s senior VP of global marketing Beth Appleton talked about influencer marketing. “We know that they’re the new tastemakers. And ultimately we’ve got the potential to reach millions globally. And […]

WMG appoints new leadership team for Warner Bros Records

Warner Music Group’s new CEO of recorded music Max Lousada isn’t wasting any time making changes within the group. Cameron Strang is stepping down as chairman and CEO of WMG’s Warner Bros Records, to be replaced by current Interscope and RCA executives Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson. They’ll be co-chairman of Warner Bros, with Bay-Shuck […]

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