PROFILE Warner Chappell Music’s VP of Digital Licensing Natalie Madaj is at the forefront

PROFILE Warner Chappell Music’s VP of Digital Licensing Natalie Madaj is at the forefront

By Jonathan Dekel There is no doubt that the current pandemic has forced the majority of the workforce to shift how they do business, but for Natalie Madaj, Warner Chappell’s Vice President, Digital Licensing, North America, little has changed. “I have been extremely lucky to work remotely fairly often during my time with Warner Chappell,” Madaj says, “so I’m pretty used to it.” The only East Coast member of the Digital team, Madaj, who currently calls Washington D.C. home, spends […]

L’ARABIE SAOUDITE VA ACHETER WARNER MUSIC GROUP?

L’ARABIE SAOUDITE VA ACHETER WARNER MUSIC GROUP?

Le troisième plus grand détenteur de droits musicaux au monde, détenu à 100% par Access Industries de Len Blavatnik, pourrait plutôt envisager une vente privée. C’est selon une rumeur dans The Hollywood Reporter , citant une source proche de Blavatnik, qui suggère que le propriétaire milliardaire de Warner pourrait envisager de vendre la société de musique au Fonds d’investissement public saoudien. Si ce nom vous dit quelque chose, c’est probablement parce que le PIF – qui investit pour le compte […]

Kobalt forecasts profitability next year, after firm’s gross collections in FY2019 hit $616m

Kobalt forecasts profitability next year, after firm’s gross collections in FY2019 hit $616m

Kobalt Music Group will be profitable by next summer. That’s the message from the company’s leaders – CEO Laurent Hubert and Chairman Willard Ahdritz – today, as Kobalt’s fiscal results for FY2019 are published. Those results show that Kobalt’s revenues across all of its business divisions reached $543.4m in the year to end of June 2019, up 35.1%. In terms of ‘gross collections’ – which factor in gross neighbouring rights revenues, rather than slimming them down to net – Kobalt […]

Cents and Sounds: How Music Streaming Makes Money

Cents and Sounds: How Music Streaming Makes Money

The global music market experienced its fourth consecutive year of growth in 2018, generating over $19 billion in revenue. Music streaming now accounts for almost half of that revenue, with 255 million paid users worldwide. Today’s infographic from Global Web Index compares the popularity of streaming services, exploring how streaming behavior differs by age group and region. While listeners can now gain access to an abundance of streaming options—is the success of the industry good news for everyone? The Age […]

European music sector calls for ambitious export strategy

European music sector calls for ambitious export strategy

To overcome Europe’s fragmented landscape, cultural specificities and multiple languages, the music sector is asking for specific European Union-wide policies and increasing cooperation between Member States in order to improve the export of European repertoire within and outside the EU. Proposals to boost European music exports were outlined during the European Music Export Conference in Brussels, at the initiative France’s Le Bureau Export , Brussels-based research firm KEA , and EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange), which have been tasked to […]

Deezer IPO is back on – possibly; Middle East growth is happening – definitely

Deezer IPO is back on – possibly; Middle East growth is happening – definitely

Way before Spotify did its direct listing, Deezer was shaping up to be the music streaming service most likely to do an IPO. Everything was going swimmingly until October 2015 when it announced that it was postponing its plans to raise $343m this way – citing “market conditions” as the reason why. As Spotify was gearing up to make its play on Wall Street, Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht suggested in September 2017 that if its Swedish rival emerged covered in […]

More Than 200 Quebec Musicians Demand Government Action Against Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Other Streaming Giants

More Than 200 Quebec Musicians Demand Government Action Against Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Other Streaming Giants

Quebec musician Pierre LaPointe Over 200 musicians signed a letter demanding that the Québécois government take action so that they can receive fair compensation from music streaming services such as Spotify. Recording industry revenues are surging, with the US-based market enjoying $5.4 billion in revenues during the first six months alone. The situation is similarly buoyant in Canada, but not everyone is profiting equally from this growth. According to measly stats recently shared with Digital Music News, Spotify pays music […]

'He has always been a great advocate for the indie community': Charlie Phillips to lead WIN

‘He has always been a great advocate for the indie community’: Charlie Phillips to lead WIN

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has appointed Charlie Phillips to lead the network’s operations as COO. He will have a tough act to follow: Alison Wenham led WIN as chief executive for 12 years and won some big battles with digital giants and also the majors over the sharing of Spotify equity windfalls with distributed indie labels . Stepping up from his previous role as director of legal and business affairs, Phillips will manage day-to-day operations and maintain WIN’s commitment […]

MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups

MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups

AudioCoin, Musicoin, Opus, Aventus, Musiconomi and more… Music Ally has written about a variety of startups exploring the crossover between blockchain technology and the music industry, with several of these companies having launched their own ‘tokens’. Now there’s a site for keeping track of AND trading those tokens. It’s called (sensibly enough) MyMusicTokens , and is billing itself as “a digital asset wallet and exchange focusing specifically on the music industry”. Currently it’s tracking 38 blockchain-related music projects, including 13 […]

Le secteur musical rythmé par l'analyse de données

Le secteur musical rythmé par l’analyse de données

L’analyse de données : Captation, traitement et réstitution d’informations. La musique et l’analyse de données 1 – L’analyse de données : nouvel outil indispensable ? De nombreuses sociétés et groupes politiques majeurs utilisent depuis plusieurs années des outils calculatoires pour capter et traiter la quantité phénoménale d’informations disponibles ! Internet joue un rôle de premier plan mais plus généralement, l’évolution des techniques de stockage et de traitement d’informations vous permet aujourd’hui d’analyser des données très efficacement. Le secteur musical profite […]

Spotify Q4 2018: Solid Growth With a Hint of Profitability But Longer Term Questions

Spotify Q4 2018: Solid Growth With a Hint of Profitability But Longer Term Questions

Spotify finished 2018 strongly, over performing in both subscriber and ad supported MAU additions. This was accompanied by Spotify’s first ever profitable quarter and two major podcast acquisitions early in 2019 hinting at a positive year ahead. However, at the same time premium ARPU continues a long term decline – the price Spotify is paying for maintaining global subscriber market share. Spotify hit just over 96 million subscribers which was an increase of 36% from 71 million in Q4 17. […]

SoundCloud finally lets more musicians monetize four years later

SoundCloud finally lets more musicians monetize four years later

SoundCloud moves painfully slow for a tech company, and no one feels that pain more than musicians who are popular on the site but don’t get paid. 10 years since SoundCloud first launched, and four years since it opened an invite-only program allowing just the very biggest artists to earn a cut of the ad and premium subscription revenue generated by their listeners, SoundCloud is rolling out monetization. Now, musicians 18 and up who pay SoundCloud $8 to $16 per […]

Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales

Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales

40 Years of Music Industry Sales The record industry has seen a lot of change over the years. Vinyl gave way to 8-tracks, and cassettes faded away as compact discs took the world by storm, and through it all, the music industry saw its revenue continue to climb. That is, until it was digitally disrupted. Looking back at four decades of music industry sales data is a fascinating exercise as it charts not only the rise and fall the record […]

Music streaming services call for stronger EU actions against rivals

Music streaming services call for stronger EU actions against rivals

An integration between Google Clock and Spotify will allow users to listen to a Spotify playlist instead of an alarm. Photo: File INTERNATIONAL – Music streaming services Spotify and Deezer joined European business and industry bodies in calling on EU regulators to take tougher action to curb what they say are the unfair practices of online platforms. EU governments are set in the coming weeks to come up with a joint position on a proposed platform-to-business (P2B) law which is […]

La musique attire les capitaux

La musique attire les capitaux

Business La musique n’a jamais vraiment été une valeur boursière très porteuse, ni un actif financier très prisé. Mais alors que l’industrie de la musique renoue avec la croissance après quinze années de crise, et qu’un nouvel écosystème se développe autour d’elle à la vitesse grand V grâce au numérique, les choses sont en train de changer. Il y a eu le précédent de la maison de disques Warner Music, introduite au New York Stock Exchange en 2005, et indirectement […]

Napster Proves That Streaming Music Can Be Profitable

Paid only.  Lower subscriptions.  No IPO.  And, a small profit.  What could Spotify and other streaming music services stand to learn from Napster? Last month, Spotify reported a new record in its Q2 2018 financial report. The Swedish streaming platform had reached over 83 million subscribers worldwide.  Between January and June 2018, the company added 2 million subscribers each month. Premium revenue also reached $1.34 billion, up 27% year-over-year. Yet, the company also revealed that its massive size continues to […]

Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?

Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?

There has been a lot of bellyaching, handwringing and bluster spoken about Spotify recently doing direct deals with artists . Is it a stealth move by Spotify to cut out labels entirely? If it is, it’s the biggest kamikaze play in history. Is it a tactical bartering chip for when Spotify has to renew its licensing deals with labels? Maybe, but it will have to really break some huge acts on an unprecedented scale in the next year if any […]

How Much is Classical Music Underrepresented in Streaming?

How Much is Classical Music Underrepresented in Streaming?

Streaming is becoming the dominant channel in music listening. Before the 1900s live performances were the only way to listen to music. In the beginning of the 20th Century millions of pianolas were produced to enable people to listen to music at home without having to play it themselves or having to invite (and typically) pay artists for performances. In the 1930s vinyl took over the baton, then the CD in the 1990s, downloads in the 2000s and since around […]

Check’s In the Mail: Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Check’s In the Mail: Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Music Streaming Revenue placeholder Sony Music has begun to distribute $750 million, profit from the sale of Sony’s April cash-out of 50% of its Spotify shares (the company held 5.7% of Spotify’s stock when it went public), to all artists and distributed labels within the Sony system and not count the funds against unrecouped earnings, Variety has confirmed. Rather, the “Spotify windfall,” as SME insiders are calling the disbursement, will be apportioned according to individual artist and label contract terms […]

Samsung et Spotify : une alliance pour bousculer Apple Music

Samsung et Spotify : une alliance pour bousculer Apple Music

Le suédois Spotify et le Sud Coréen Samsung viennent d’annoncer avoir signé un accord de partenariat qui vise à l’intégration du service du premier directement dans la configuration d’usine des smartphones et tablettes du second. Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 Smartphone débloqué 4G (Ecran: 5,2 150€ sur Amazon* Spotify devrait ainsi se retrouver automatiquement installé sur les smartphones Samsung neufs, puis ce sera au tour des téléviseurs connectés de Samsung ainsi que des enceintes connectées et profiter de cet ajout. Il […]