Category: Music

Just Who Would Buy Universal Music?

Posted on 14th January, 2019 by Mark Mulligan in Access Industries, Artists Direct, Bolloré Group, Deezer, First Access Entertainment, Formula 1 Racing, Institutional Investors, Liberty Media, Live Nation, Major Label Market Shares, MLB, Pandora, Perform, Private Equity, Record Label Market Shares, Saavn, SiriusXM, Sme, Sony Music, The Atlanta Braves, UMG, Umg Market Share, Universal Market Share, Universal Music, Universal Music Investment, Universal Music Sale, Vincent Bolloré, Vivendi, Warner Music, WMG and Yannick Bolloré

Vivendi continues to look for a buyer for a portion of Universal Music. Though the process has been running officially since May 2018, the transaction (or transactions) may not close…

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Why Music and Video are Crucial to Apple’s Future

Posted on 7th January, 2019 by Mark Mulligan in Amazon, Amazon Prime, Apple, Apple Earnings, Apple Mno, Apple Music, Comes With Music, Handset Bundles, IHeart Media, Ipad, IPhone, Itunes Billing, Music Bundles, Netflix, Nokia, Nokia Comes With Music, Spotify, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Video and Video Bundles

Apple’s downgraded earnings guidance represents its first profit warning in 10 years. This is clearly a big deal, and probably not as much to do with a weakening Chinese economy if Alibaba’s…

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How YouTube’s Domination of Streaming Clips the Market’s Wings

Posted on 3rd January, 2019 by Mark Mulligan in Ad Supported, Ad Supported Arpu, Ad Supported Streaming, Article 13, EU, European Commission, Music Market, Pandora, Spotify, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Revenue 2018, Vevo, Youtube, Youtube Music and Youtube’s Role In Streaming

Firstly, happy new year to you all. Now on to the first post of 2019. The Article 13 debate that shaped so much of the latter part of 2018 will…

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Soon to be the Biggest Ever YouTube Channel, T-Series May Also Be About to Reshape Global Culture

Posted on 13th December, 2018 by Mark Mulligan in Bhangra, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Emerging Markets, Guru Randhawa, India, J Balvin, Luis Fonsi, Mexico, Nigeria, Pewdiepie, Reggaeton, Russia, Spotify, T-series, Thailand, The Philippines and Turkey

Some time over the next month or so a YouTube landmark will be passed: T-Series will pass PewDiePie as the most subscribed YouTube channel on the planet. As of time of writing T-Series…

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Taylor Swift, Label Services and What Comes Next

Posted on 22nd November, 2018 by Mark Mulligan in #MERKY, ADA, Billy Bragg, Cooking Vinyl, Janet Jackson, Label Services, Label Services Deals, Major Labels, Majors, Martin Goldschmidt, Nick Cave, Pete Jenner, Record Labels, Rick Astley, Stormzy, Taylor Swift, UMG, Universal Music, Universal Music Group, Vivendi, Warner Music Group and WMG

Taylor Swift has done it again, striking a deal with UMG that includes a commitment from the world’s largest label group to share proceeds from Spotify stock saleswith artists, even…

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