Welcome to Music Enterprise Worldwide’s weekly round-up – the place we be sure that you caught the 5 largest tales to hit our headlines over the previous seven days. MBW’s round-up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their earnings and cut back their touring prices.
Spotify‘s Investor Day was the massive information this week.
Hosted in New York on Wednesday (June 8), it was the publicly-traded music streaming firm’s first ‘Investor Day’ presentation since 2018.
On the occasion, which noticed in-person displays from CEO Daniel Ek, Chief Freemium Enterprise Officer, Alex Norström, EVP/CFO Paul Vogel and others, SPOT revealed that it’s aiming to hit 1 billion customers by 2030.
Elsewhere on the occasion, buyers quizzed SPOT’s management on the subject of value rises, and Daniel Ek additionally stated he “imagine[s] that over the following decade [Spotify] can be an organization that may generate $100 billion in income yearly.”
Additionally this week, DIY music distribution firm TuneCore, owned by Paris-based music firm Imagine, introduced an overhaul of its pricing mannequin for indie artists, calling the replace its “largest change since opening for enterprise 16 years in the past”.
TuneCore has traditionally charged artists beneath a value per-upload mannequin, most lately at USD $9.99 per single, and $29.99 per album.
Now, with its ‘Limitless Launch’ plans, that’s all modified – bringing TuneCore nearer in its pricing construction to rivals resembling DistroKid.
In the meantime, in South Korea, an acquisitive Seoul-based firm known as Past Music, which refers to itself in a media launch as “the Korean model of Hipgnosis“, is claiming to be Asia’s largest single music IP asset administration firm, and says that it now needs “to overcome the worldwide music IP market”.
Past Music says that its present working property stand at roughly 300 billion South Korea Gained (USD $200m) and the agency additionally says it expects to have 1 trillion South Korea Gained ($800m) price of property beneath administration by the top of this yr.
Plus, The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas has offered a stake in his music publishing catalog to Main Wave, whereas Zara Larsson purchased again her total recording catalog in an settlement with TEN Music Group.
Right here’s what occurred this week…
1) SPOTIFY SAYS IT CAN HIT 1BN USERS GLOBALLY BY 2030. BUT ITS MAU GROWTH IS SLOWING IN LATIN AMERICA.
Spotify held its first ‘Investor Day’ presentation since 2018 in New York on Wednesday (June 8).
There was loads of optimism on show throughout the occasion’s near-four hours of company chatter, which we’ll be breaking into bite-size chunks within the days and weeks forward.
(Apologies prematurely if issues get particularly Spotify Enterprise Worldwide spherical these elements in consequence. However SPOT is the largest music subscription firm on the planet, so, y’know, honest’s honest.)
In his opening remarks as we speak, Spotify co-founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, mentioned Spotify’s anticipated enlargement into audiobooks, earlier than teasing a standout presentation from Spotify’s Chief Freemium Enterprise Officer, Alex Norström.
Norström, promised Ek, was about to “stroll you thru how we plan to get to a billion customers” over the following eight years.
Some time later, Norström took the stage, and wasted no time in making this declare…
2) TUNECORE OVERHAULS PRICING TO OFFER UNLIMITED MUSIC DISTRIBUTION FOR A SINGLE ANNUAL FEE – LAYING DOWN GAUNTLET TO RIVALS LIKE DISTROKID
Imagine-owned DIY music distributor TuneCore has overhauled its pricing construction for unbiased artists – in what it says is its “largest change since opening for enterprise 16 years in the past”.
Introduced this week by Andreea Gleeson, TuneCore’s Chief Government Officer, the platform is introducing new ‘Limitless Launch Pricing Plans’.
What meaning: TuneCore is – for the primary time in historical past – enabling artists and labels to distribute an uncapped quantity of music to providers like Spotify and Apple Music every year for a single annual value….”
3) AFTER RAISING $200M AND BUYING UP RIGHTS IN ASIA, KOREA’S BEYOND MUSIC WANTS ‘TO CONQUER THE GLOBAL MUSIC IP MARKET’
A severe new participant within the international music rights acquisitions area is making itself identified.
Seoul-based Past Music, an organization calling itself “the Korean model of Hipgnosis”, has been splashing money within the music rights market in Asia, and says that it now needs “to overcome the worldwide music IP market”.
Past Music claims to be Asia’s largest single music IP asset administration firm, with present working property of roughly 300 billion South Korea Gained (USD $200m).
The agency says it expects to have 1 trillion South Korea Gained ($800m) price of property beneath administration by the top of this yr.
4) THE STROKES’ JULIAN CASABLANCAS SELLS STAKE IN PUBLISHING CATALOG TO PRIMARY WAVE IN ‘MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DEAL’
Main Wave Music has acquired a stake within the music publishing catalog of Julian Casablancas, lead singer of rock band The Strokes.
Described in a media assertion as a “multi-million-dollar deal”, Main Wave says it’s shopping for a stake in Casablancas’ “share of music publishing on all Strokes compositions, in addition to his share of grasp copyrights and grasp royalties.”.
5) ZARA LARSSON BUYS BACK RECORDING CATALOG, LAUNCHES NEW SOMMER HOUSE LABEL
Multi-platinum Swedish pop star Zara Larsson has purchased again her total recording catalog.
In response to an announcement, the artist has struck what’s described as a “distinctive settlement” with TEN Music Group CEO Ola Håkansson, and has now “taken management of her total recording catalog”.
Larsson signed to the unbiased Swedish music firm in 2011. Larsson’s catalog has been streamed over 9 billion occasions.
MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their earnings and cut back their touring prices.
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