Sony buys EMI Music Publishing for $2.3B — but it still doesn’t own ‘Thriller’

The agreement adds more than 2m songs to Sony’s already-iconic catalogue. But the last 10% of EMI still belong to the Jacksons.

Wes Schlagenhauf • May 23, 2018

YouTube rolls out ‘Premium’ music service in an attempt to drown out Spotify

To compete with industry leaders Spotify and Apple, Google is turning up the dial on its musical offerings with a new AI-powered Premium streaming platform.

Conor Grant • May 18, 2018

Tidal allegedly fudged streaming numbers for Beyoncé and Kanye West albums

Jay-Z’s Tidal is accused of faking subscriber numbers and streams to boost Beyoncé and Kanye West’s numbers for false payouts.

Wes Schlagenhauf • May 10, 2018

2 out of 3 of Spotify’s major record label shareholders cash in their stock for over $1B

Last week, Sony, who easily held the biggest stake in Spotify, sold about half its shares for close to $750m. Then, yesterday, Warner Music Group followed suit.

Wes Schlagenhauf • May 8, 2018

Pandora jacked up ads for 35m of its users, and old people paid to make them just stop

Research shows that the success of ad-based and subscription-based models varies by user age -- and that young people are a lot less susceptible to ad bullying.

Conor Grant • May 2, 2018

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