FACEBOOK SIGNS MULTI-YEAR LICENSING DEAL WITH SONY/ATV

The news comes just two weeks after Universal Music Group announced that it had inked an agreement with the social media giant, which draws more than 2bn users every month to its core platform. Sony ATV’s multi-territory, multi-year deal covers a catalog of more than 3 million songs, including those by frontline clients such as Taylor Swift,…

YouTube solidifies deal with Sony and Universal, moves closer towards paid service launch

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that YouTube‘s music streaming service could arrive as early as March. The service, which has tentatively been titled Remix, has been experiencing delays in its launch due to its failure to negotiate agreements with major music publishers. Negotiations with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have been ongoing for quite some time, and until now…

Spotify closes final label deal in preparation to go public

Spotify has just renewed its licensing deal with Warner, the last crucial component needed before its public offering in late 2017 or early 2018. The deal is likely identical to what was struck with Universal in April, which included the option to initially hold back new albums from Spotify’s free tier and a break for Spotify in royalty payouts…

DVBBS Release “Not Going Home” Video & Sign to Ultra/Sony

DVBBS have taken the Dance Music scene by storm when the pair dropped their latest EP, Beautiful Disaster and an incredible remix for Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson‘s “Just Hold On” back in February. The brothers have been on fire as of late so it’s time now to reveal DVBBS‘ music video for Not Going…

Zedd leaves Kobalt Music Group for Universal Music deal

Acting as an administrative publishing company, Kobalt Music Group has owned the publishing rights to Zedd’s biggest hits over the course of his career. Now coming over from Kobalt, Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter Anton Zaslavski has signed an exclusive publishing deal with the Universal Music Publishing Group. UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson comments:…

Prince’s back catalogue of music launching on streaming services this Sunday

It has also been announced that Universal Music have licensing rights for Prince’s self-released albums. ince’s incredible back catalogue of music is heading to streaming services this Sunday. The Purple One’s former exclusive agreement with TIDAL is now over, and several streaming providers have confirmed reports to the BBC that much of Prince’s iconic collection…

‘FACEBOOK MUST STRIKE A DEAL WITH MUSIC PUBLISHERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE’

‘FACEBOOK MUST STRIKE A DEAL WITH MUSIC PUBLISHERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE’ The careers of unsigned artists are being caught in the crossfire of an increasingly aggressive copyright assault on Facebook by music publishers. Performers began to publicly complain about covers of popular tracks being pulled down from Facebook in October, following a spate of…

STREAMING REVENUE HAS ALREADY TOPPED $1BN AT UNIVERSAL THIS YEAR

STREAMING REVENUE HAS ALREADY TOPPED $1BN AT UNIVERSAL THIS YEAR Streaming revenues from recorded music comfortably surpassed $1bn at Universal Music Group in the first nine months of 2016. From January-September, UMG’s recorded sales from streaming and subscription services reached €1.03bn ($1.1bn) – up 64.3% on the same period in 2015 (at constant currency and…

PRINCE’S VAULT OF UNRELEASED MUSIC IS ON SALE FOR $35 MILLION

PRINCE’S VAULT OF UNRELEASED MUSIC IS ON SALE FOR $35 MILLION Universal, Sony and Warner are all in talks… Prince’s famous vault — that is rumoured to contain four decades worth of unreleased music and recordings — is up for sale for $35 million. All three major labels — Universal, Sony and Warner — are…

“Big Three” Labels Sue YouTube Ripping Website

“Big Three” Labels Sue YouTube Ripping Website Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group – collectively, the “Big Three” record labels – have filed a lawsuit against the world’s most popular YouTube ripping website, YouTube-mp3.org. The website is one of the primary offenders of unlawful stream ripping in the world, accounting for more than 40% of…

THRILLER SONGWRITER ROD TEMPERTON DIES AGED 66 AFTER CANCER BATTLE

THRILLER SONGWRITER ROD TEMPERTON DIES AGED 66 AFTER CANCER BATTLE Rod Temperton, one of the most successful British pop songwriters of all time, has died aged 66 following a short battle with cancer. The hugely talented composer wrote Michael Jackson classics including “Off the Wall,” “Rock With You,” “Thriller,” “Baby Be Mine”, “Burn This Disco…

ZHU, DEADMAU5 & KREWELLA JOIN PETITION TO REFORM ONLINE COPYRIGHT

ZHU, DEADMAU5 & KREWELLA JOIN PETITION TO REFORM ONLINE COPYRIGHT 180 members of the music industry have joined forced to back a petition that seeks to reform the Digital Music Copyright Act, which regulates online copyright law on sites like Youtube. The petition and its mission statement will be posted in an ad through several Washington,…

Universal’s Aftercluv Signs David Solano

Universal’s Aftercluv Signs David Solano Luis Estrada, Managing Director of Aftercluv, David Solano and Pedro Guzman, EVP of Aftercluv.COURTESY PHOTO Aftercluv Dancelab, Universal Music Latin Entertainment’s dance music imprint, is strengthening its crossover power with the signing of David Solano, the massive touring festival Life in Color’s resident DJ. Solano, who was born in Bogota, grew up…

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP IS ‘OUT OF CONTRACT’ WITH YOUTUBE – SOURCES

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP IS ‘OUT OF CONTRACT’ WITH YOUTUBE – SOURCES Universal Music Group is locked in a chilly negotiation period with YouTube, as the major’s long-running licensing deal with Google’s platform switches to a rolling basis. MBW understands that UMG’s licensing agreement with YouTube expired earlier this year, and currently seems a fair way…

UNIVERSAL LAUNCHES FREE MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE WITH WATCHMAKER

UNIVERSAL LAUNCHES FREE MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE WITH WATCHMAKER Universal Music Group is launching a free streaming ‘radio’ music service in conjunction with watchmaker Raymond Weil – and it’s not the major’s first attempt at its own mini-Spotify rival. The platform, which celebrates the watch firm’s 40th birthday, encompasses two tiers: For visitors of the Raymond…

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TO CREATE NEW ITALIAN IMPRINT: NAMELESS RECORDS

NAMELESS MUSIC FESTIVAL TEAMS UP WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TO CREATE NEW ITALIAN IMPRINT: NAMELESS RECORDS Thanks to the massive success of the Italian-based Nameless Music Festival, the Nameless brand has partnered up with Universal Music Group to create a brand new, innovative dance music label – Nameless Records. Bringing theexperience of running a hugely…

RECORD LABELS WIN $22.2M IN LAWSUIT AGAINST MP3SKULL

RECORD LABELS WIN $22.2M IN LAWSUIT AGAINST MP3SKULL Music labels are in a constant war with illegal filesharing sites, and their newest battle has resulted in a major victory. A group of US labels filed a lawsuit against website MP3Skull.com, winning over $22 million in damages. The judge presiding over the case awarded the record labels maximum…

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP SEES ITS HIGHEST REVENUE IN A DECADE

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP SEES ITS HIGHEST REVENUE IN A DECADE Unlike the treacherous, fiscal situations of organizations like Soundcloud, record label Universal Music Group is currently experiencing one of the most profitable periods in their history. According to Music Business Worldwideand Thump, the company earned a total of $5.6 billion in 2015 alone! This number comes as a…

Soundcloud Reports Nearly $60 Million In Losses In 2014

Soundcloud Reports Nearly $60 Million In Losses In 2014 2016 is upon us, and with the turn of the new year comes the memory of a distant claim made by streaming site Soundcloud about the addition of a new, paid service to be launched sometime in the coming months. Unfortunately for the company, this new…

Universal Music Sets Licensing Deal with SoundCloud

Universal Music Sets Licensing Deal with SoundCloud Ever since it arrived in 2008, SoundCloud has been a popular website for music streaming amongst music listeners. In the past few years however, SoundCloud has clashed with the music industry. One of the battles SoundCloud has endured was that of the major record label group, Universal Music….

UMG’s Lucian Grainge Confirms Mercury Records Employee Killed in Paris Attacks

UMG’s Lucian Grainge Confirms Mercury Records Employee Killed in Paris Attacks Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Lucian Grainge Universal Music France CEO Pascal Negre tweeted that two former Universal employees were killed in the Paris attacks. A Mercury Records employee was killed in the ISIS attack at Paris’ Le Bataclan on Friday (Nov. 13), Universal…

HOW TO COMPLETELY MESS UP A SYNC DEAL

HOW TO COMPLETELY MESS UP A SYNC DEAL OCTOBER 2, 2015   BY RHIAN JONES Procuring a sync deal is no easy feat. There are a wealth of gaffes that can result in the demise of contracts worth thousands of dollars. Egos, pushy broadcasting companies, blanket licenses and PR disasters can make a music supervisor’s life…

WARNER AND UNIVERSAL WIN ANTI-PIRACY ORDER AGAINST ‘RUSSIA’S FACEBOOK’

WARNER AND UNIVERSAL WIN ANTI-PIRACY ORDER AGAINST ‘RUSSIA’S FACEBOOK’ SEPTEMBER 29, 2015     BY TIM INGHAM Universal and Warner have scored a significant legal ruling against Russian site vKontakte (VK), following an 18-month battle in the courts. VK, the second largest social network in Europe, has become known as ‘Russia’s Facebook’. Unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s creation,…

UNIVERSAL LAUNCHES A NEW LABEL… WITH AN ADVERTISING AGENCY

UNIVERSAL LAUNCHES A NEW LABEL… WITH AN ADVERTISING AGENCY SEPTEMBER 24, 2015      BY TIM INGHAM Those who worry that global brands and music artists are becoming too close for comfort, look away now. Universal has teamed up with French ad agency BETC – owned by Havas, which is best known for its viral…

PRS VS. SOUNDCLOUD: 5 KEY TALKING POINTS TO CONSIDER

PRS VS. SOUNDCLOUD: 5 KEY TALKING POINTS TO CONSIDER SEPTEMBER 14, 2015       BY TIM INGHAM The news that UK licensing and collection society PRS For Music is suing SoundCloudremains one of the biggest stories posted by MBW this year. Yet this is not a straightforward tussle. There are a wealth of significant secondary…

UNIVERSAL CLAIMS 43% OF MAJOR LABEL MONEY IN FIRST HALF OF 2015

UNIVERSAL CLAIMS 43% OF MAJOR LABEL MONEY IN FIRST HALF OF 2015 SEPTEMBER 6, 2015        BY TIM INGHAM Universal Music Group took 42.7% of total revenues accrued by the major record companies in the first half of 2015,  MBW can reveal – slightly down year-on-year. As explained in the below in-depth MBW…

UNIVERSAL HITS HISTORIC DIGITAL TIPPING POINT AS STREAMING JUMPS 34%

UNIVERSAL HITS HISTORIC DIGITAL TIPPINGPOINT AS STREAMING JUMPS 34% SEPTEMBER 2, 2015      BY TIM INGHAM It’s a big day for Lucian Grainge: Universal Music Group’s recorded music revenues grew 15.2% in the first six months of 2015 – as a boom in streaming income transformed it into a truly digital-first enterprise. According to MBW analysis of Universal’s recorded music…

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EMI’S MARKET SHARE?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EMI’S MARKET SHARE? JULY 17, 2015 BY TIM INGHAM Just three years ago, EMI was the only UK-based major label in existence. In its home country, the recorded music giant was the third-biggest major, positioned between Sony at No.2 and Warner at No.4. MBW has taken a fresh look at stats from the…