From Sony shopping for Bob Dylan’s catalog to Warner shopping for land within the metaverse: It’s MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up


Welcome to Music Enterprise Worldwide’s weekly round-up – the place we be certain 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 revenue and scale back their touring prices.

Bob Dylan had some good issues to say about each Sony Music Group Chairman Rob Stringer and Columbia Data this week.

After the landmark sale of his whole recordings catalog to the key was introduced on Monday (January 24), in a deal sources counsel was value north of $150 million, Dylan commented: “Columbia Data and Rob Stringer have been nothing however good to me for a lot of, a few years and a complete lot of data. I’m glad that each one my recordings can keep the place they belong.”

(Dylan was a darn sight nicer about Sony than his up to date, Neil Younger, was about Spotify this week.)

Dylan’s take care of Sony follows the sale of his publishing catalog to Common Music Group for round $350 million in 2020.

Elsewhere in main label land, Warner Music Group introduced that it’s purchased “LAND” – that’s, digital land – within the metaverse, through a take care of decentralized gaming platform The Sandbox.

WMG plans to create what it describes as “the primary music-themed world” inside The Sandbox metaverse and digital land might be offered adjoining to its personal property.

For those who’re questioning how a lot digital land within the metaverse might value you, simply final yr, an organization acquired a digital Sandbox property for a document $4.3 million.

WMG’s partnership with the platform comes simply two months after the The Sandbox raised $93 million in a Sequence B spherical led by SoftBank – and one week after its dad or mum firm Animoca Manufacturers raised $358 million at a $5 billion valuation “to develop the open metaverse”.

In the meantime, Common Music Group additionally delivered a giant announcement this week within the type of “expanded” agreements with Amazon Music and Amazon-owned livestream platform Twitch.

UMG says that Twitch has agreed to “present business alternatives for UMG and its artists” and UMG additionally says that it’s going to work intently with Twitch to supply an unique sequence of artist options and experiences, along with different music-based content material, particularly for the service.

Below UMG’s expanded settlement with Amazon Music, subscribers to Amazon Music Limitless will now have entry to stream extra music  from UMG’s catalog in HD, Extremely HD, and spatial audio.

(The settlement follows Twitch’s partnership with Warner Music Group in September, which was its first with a serious document firm.)

Additionally this week, Swedish music distributor Amuse appointed Roshi Motman as its new CEO, as co-founder Diego Farias exited the agency.

Right here’s what occurred over the previous seven days…


Sony Music Leisure (SME) has totally acquired Bob Dylan’s catalog of recorded music.

SME has additionally acquired the rights to a number of future new releases, in what the corporate calls “a serious growth” of its six-decade relationship with the legendary artist.

The deal, which SME calls a “landmark settlement”, concluded in July 2021 and contains the whole thing of Bob Dylan’s recorded physique of labor since 1962, starting with the artist’s self-titled debut album and persevering with by way of 2020’s Tough and Rowdy Methods….


Warner Music Group is making a critical transfer into the metaverse.

Decentralized gaming digital world The Sandbox has partnered with WMG to create what it describes as “the primary music-themed world” inside The Sandbox gaming metaverse.

In line with a media launch asserting the partnership, the Warner Music Group digital ‘LAND’ inside The Sandbox might be a “mixture of musical theme park and live performance venue” and can characteristic concert events and musical experiences that includes WMG’s roster of artists..

Credit score: Caspar Camille Rubin

3) Common expands agreements with Twitch and Amazon Music

Common Music Group (UMG) has simply introduced what it calls an “growth” to its agreements with Amazon Music and Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch.

In line with a media assertion, the expanded agreements “will present prospects with enhanced entry to among the world’s hottest music content material on Amazon, together with stay streams, prime quality and spatial audio, artist merchandise, and unique experiences” with UMG’s roster of artists.

Moreover, UMG says that it’s going to work with Twitch to “foster new modern alternatives for artists and labels to creatively and commercially interact with their followers and new audiences”…

4) Neil Younger’s Spotify Exodus is a take a look at case for artists who dare query music trade dogma

Neil Younger, sir, I apologize. However I’m afraid I’m going to should query your grasp of the information.

The previous 72 hours has proven this might not be the wisest transfer: the person ain’t afraid of going nuclear when he suspects that misinformation is at play.

But I’m stunned to see Younger state that 60% of his streaming income (paid to his label, Warner Data) is presently derived from only one service: Spotify.


Roshi Motman has been been appointed CEO of Swedish impartial music distribution and artist companies firm Amuse.

Motman, who has held the place as Amuse’s COO since October 2020, succeeds Co-founder Diego Farias, who’s now stepping down from his function as CEO and exiting the agency after seven years.

Motman’s appointment is efficient as of this month (January 2022)…

MBW’s Weekly Spherical-Up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their revenue and scale back their touring prices.Music Enterprise Worldwide


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