Warner Music and Sony Music Own $200 Million in Shares of Tencent Music in China

Tencent Music has just filed for it’s IPO in the United States. Within that filing it was announced that Warner Music Group (through its Chinese subsidiary) and Sony Music have bought $200m of shares in…

Shazam creating curated music video experiences with Vadio

Shazam’s music discovery apps will now feature music videos and channels of streaming music videos thanks to a new partnership with Vadio. Shazam have struck a deal with music video platform Vadio to create visual…

Master Quality audio format MQA hires WMG veteran as CEO

Mike Jbara, a veteran at Warner Music Group, has joined MQA to lead the new master quality audio format in it’s next stage. Mike Jbara will be taking the role of Chief Executive Officer at…

Happy Birthday is Free: The Song Enters the Public Domain After Federal Court Ruling in USA

Its now official, Happy Birthday is in the public domain. In a 43-page decision, US District Judge George King ruled that the original copyright on the song, filed by the Clayton F. Summy Co. in…

Rdio Launches Record Label Curated Stations

Rdio has teamed up with “some of the worlds most iconic and prolific record labels and key local influencers” to handpick songs for Rdio’s new stations. There are new label-curated stations from Blue Note, Glassnote…

Warner Music Group Looking to Acquire More Companies in 2013-2014

At Warner Music’s last investor call, Deutsche Bank’s Aaron Watts asked WMG chief Stephen Cooper what other opportunities there were in the mergers and acquisitions landscape looking ahead. “We’re actively in the market, looking at…

Warner Financials Not Looking Great After Loss and Debt Increase Following Parlophone Purchase

Warner Music is struggling. Warner has announced their latest round of figures that see their revenues drop by 0.8 percent in the latest quarter and losses tripling to $79 million. Im not sure Warner owner…

20 Companies Interested in Acquiring Warner Music Group

As we mentioned previously on the RouteNote Blog, Warner Music is up for sale. It is now being reported by the NY Post that over 20 parties have expressed an interest in acquiring Warner Music Group.

Wilco Start Their Own Record Label

Wilco is just about to say goodbye to Nonesuch Records. Wilco joined Nonesuch back in 2002 and now with their contract fulfilled they are looking to launch their own record label.

Warner Goes Shy on Music Startups

Warner Music Group has had mixed experiences with investing in music startups; losing out heavily on their purchase of Imeem and Lala, and their bad experiences look like preventing them from investing in any other…