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closed 7/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired Forza Music

synopsis: Forza Music, the Slovakian entertainment company founded in 1994 that’s home to music from the region released over four decades going back to the 1960s, has been acquired by Warner Music Group. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: Forza Music
Forza Music is a prominent Slovakian entertainment company. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia. OPUS was privatized in 1990 and has been owned by Forza for the last 15 or so years.
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closed 3/25/2020 via BNC Analysis

Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd, acquired Gallo Record Company

synopsis: Tiso Blackstar Group, the former publisher of the Business Day and Sunday Times, says it has sold its entire stake in Gallo Music for R75m to Lebashe Investment Group’s Arena Holdings. Gallo Record Company is the largest and oldest independent record label in South Africa.
buyer parent: The Lebashe Investment Group
buyer: Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Arena Holdings is one of Africa’s largest English-language news publishers in print (titles include Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, The Herald, Sowetan and Daily Dispatch) and online (titles include TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE, BusinessLIVE, DispatchLIVE, HeraldLIVE and Vrye Weekblad). "
target parent: Tiso Blackstar Group
target: Gallo Record Company
Gallo Record Company is the largest and oldest independent record label in South Africa. It is based in Johannesburg. Gallo Record Company has been in operation since 1926 and signs, promotes and assists artists to promote their music across Africa and internationally.
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closed 2/26/2020 via BNC Analysis

Valiant Eagle, Inc., acquired Franchise X Entertainment

synopsis: Valiant Eagle Inc., a corporation focused on the energizing of entertainment in television, the Internet, and social media, has acquired Franchise X Entertainment LLC, a full-service record label and artist management company based out of Los Angeles, CA.
buyer: Valiant Eagle, Inc. (OTCPK:PSRU.D:$0.02)
Valiant Eagle, Inc. is a corporation focused on the energizing of entertainment in television, the Internet, and social media. VE aims to achieve advances in those media through content featuring Music, Sports, Entertainment, and, with respect to the millennial generation, through Technology. "
target: Franchise X Entertainment
Franchise X Entertainment LLC operates as a record label and artist management company. The company is based in Los Angeles, California.
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announced 8/29/2019 via BNC Analysis

Reservoir Media Management, Inc., will acquire Blue Raincoat Music

synopsis: Reservoir Media Management, an independent music company, has struck a deal to bring UK-based music company Blue Raincoat Music and its subsidiary Chrysalis Records into its portfolio of offerings. Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, based in London, New York and Los Angeles.
buyer: Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Reservoir Media Management is an independent music company based in NYC. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, the company has grown to represent over 110,000 copyrights and 26,000 master recordings with titles dating as far back as the 1920s, and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. "
target: Blue Raincoat Music
Established in 2014 Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, based in London, New York and Los Angeles. They are also home to a standalone operating record label that houses the Chrysalis Records catalog.
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announced 6/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Carlyle Group, Ithaca Holdings LLC, will acquire Big Machine Label Group

synopsis: Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings has agreed to acquire Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in a blockbuster deal backed by the Carlyle Group. Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group is a record label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, and more.
buyer: Carlyle Group (CG:$1,544.30)
buyer: Ithaca Holdings LLC
Ithaca Holdings is a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun. SB Projects is a diversified entertainment and media company. The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles. "
target: Big Machine Label Group
Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group is a record label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records and publishing company Big Machine Music.
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closed 1/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Naxos Digital Services Ltd., acquired ARC Music Productions International Limited

synopsis: Naxos Music Group, the world's leading classical music label, has acquired ARC Music Productions International, a UK-based record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. ARC Music offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world.
buyer: Naxos Digital Services Ltd.
Established in 1987, Naxos is the world's leading classical music label. Naxos offers over 11,000 titles that are available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of-the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. "
target: ARC Music Productions International Limited
ARC Music is a UK-based record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. ARC Music offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world. Their unrivalled repertoire comprises hundreds upon hundreds of albums from over 120 countries.
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closed 12/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Apple, Inc., acquired Platoon

synopsis: Apple is building up its music business with an acquisition of a small tech startup that helps discover and develop emerging musical artists. Apple confirmed it purchased Platoon, a company that helps independent artists fund, distribute, and market their content.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$267,683.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Platoon
Platoon helps discover the very best emerging talent (musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, designers) and provides them with the platform to create, distribute and commercialize exceptional creative work. They are based in London, UK.
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closed 10/15/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired World Circuit Limited

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading world music label, World Circuit Records, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: World Circuit Limited
World Circuit Records is a leading world music label, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
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closed 8/8/2018 via Company Press Release

Concord Music, acquired Independiente Ltd

synopsis: Concord Music is proud to announce its acquisition of London-based record label Independiente Ltd. Formed in 1997, Independiente was founded by well-respected industry veteran, Andy Macdonald. Independiente is home to artists such as Travis, Embrace, So Solid Crew, Archive, Martina Topley-Bird and Paul Weller, among many others.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Independiente Ltd
Independiente is a huge hit UK-based record label company formed in 1997 by Andy Macdonald, an industry veteran. Their label's roster includes Travis, Embrace, So Solid Crew, Archive, Martina Topley-Bird, Paul Weller and more.
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closed 8/1/2018 via Company Press Release

BMG Production Music, acquired Deep East Music

synopsis: BMG Production Music has acquired the influential independent UK production music company Deep East Music. Deep East Music was started in London in 2007 by entrepreneurs Ciaran McNeaney and Alex Marchant.  Over the past 10 years Deep East has grown rapidly to become one of the most highly-regarded production music companies in the world.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Production Music
BMG Production Music specializes in providing music and sound effects for radio and television, for advertising agencies and audiovisual companies. BMG Production Music has custom scoring studios in LA and London and global creative teams for music searching and project supervision. "
target: Deep East Music
Deep East Music is an influential independent UK production music company. Unlike many production music labels who simply curate, Deep East creates its music from scratch in its own studios, informed by its worldwide client network.
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closed 6/7/2018 via BNC Analysis

AWAL UK Limited, acquired in2une Music

synopsis: AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, has acquired radio promotion and music marketing firm, in2une Music. In2une provides label services for independent labels, publishing companies and artists. They have an unparalleled track record in radio promotion and has had multiple client successes.
buyer parent: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
buyer: AWAL UK Limited
Based in the UK, AWAL Limited offers artists music services without having to give up flexibility, ownership or control. With offices around the world, AWAL's services include global distribution, marketing and release management, A&R, funding, playlist promotion, and much more. "
target: in2une Music
In2une Music is a music coalition providing label services for independent labels, publishing companies and artists. They are a “one-stop shop” that has the tools and experience of a major label. They offer a portfolio of services for developing, launching, executing, and sustaining music marketing.
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closed 4/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired Big Bang & Fuzz

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading Asia-Pacific production music house Big Bang & Fuzz to further expand its fast-growing BMG Production Music business unit. Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: Big Bang & Fuzz
Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region. The company focuses on sub-publishing premium international catalogues. Big Bang & Fuzz was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 1998.
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closed 2/7/2018 via Company Press Release

Concord Music Group, acquired Varese Sarabande Records

synopsis: Concord Music announced that it has acquired Varèse Sarabande, from Film Score Records, an investor group led and managed by The Cutting Edge Group. Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target parent: Cutting Edge Group
target: Varese Sarabande Records
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers.
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closed 1/17/2018 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music Group, acquired Razor & Tie

synopsis: Concord Music has fully acquired the Razor & Tie record label. The deal includes Razor & Tie's label, publishing division, popular Kidz Bop brand and Washington Square Records alternative imprint. Razor & Tie was founded in 1990 and has become one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target: Razor & Tie
With over 40 million units sold, over 20 years in business and multiple Grammy Awards, Razor & Tie is one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
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closed 12/20/2017 via Company Press Release

Universal Music Group, Inc., purchased Stiff Records, ZTT and Perfect Songs from SPZ Group

synopsis: Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced the acquisition of Stiff Records, ZTT and Perfect Songs music publishing from SPZ Group. Stiff and ZTT are two of the most influential and iconic British record labels of the last forty years. Perfect Songs is home to a varied catalog of songs including Seal.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Universal Music Group, Inc.
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. "
seller: SPZ Group
Stiff and ZTT are two of the most influential and iconic British record labels of the last forty years. Perfect Songs is home to a varied catalog of songs including Seal, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise, Olly Murs, Little Mix, Rudimental and more.
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announced 11/8/2017 via BNC Analysis

Compass Records Group, Inc., will acquire Red House Records, Inc.

synopsis: Compass Records Group is acquiring Red House Records. Red House Records is a music label company that is home to some of the finest acoustic performers in the world. Established in 1983, Red House has received indie music awards, numerous GRAMMY nominations and a GRAMMY award for Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s album, South Coast, in 1995.
buyer: Compass Records Group, Inc.
Compass Records is a music publisher that has over 600 titles in its catalog. Compass’ latest signings include NYC indie darling Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth and the Catapult) and rising bluegrass/Americana star Molly Tuttle. "
target: Red House Records, Inc.
Red House Records is a music label company that is home to some of the finest acoustic performers in the world. Whether interested in singer/songwriters, blues, traditional folk, or instrumental music, Red House artists are players, singers and songwriters that make a difference in people's lives.
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closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Because Music, purchased Warner Music 90 from Warner Music Group

synopsis: The Because Group has acquired Warner Music 90, which encompasses the majority of the catalogue formerly known as London Records, from Warner Music Group. Warner Music 90, which will be renamed London Music Stream, is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Orbital and other important catalogues.
buyer: Because Music
The Because Group is active in music production, music publishing, touring and venues. It is one of the leading independent music groups in Europe with artists such as Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Major Lazer, Justice, Django Django and Charlotte Gainsbourg. "
seller: Warner Music Group
Warner Music 90 is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Fine Young Cannibals, Orbital, Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat, East 17, Goldie, Shakespears Sister and over 50 other important catalogues.
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closed 1/30/2017 via Company Press Release

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired BBR Music Group

synopsis: The new BMG has announced that it has acquired Nashville-based independent powerhouse BBR Music Group, including its associated labels Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Wheelhouse Records, Red Bow Records and its music publishing company Magic Mustang Music.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: BBR Music Group
BBR Music Group is a Nashville-based independent music label and publisher powerhouse, which includes its associated labels Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Wheelhouse Records, Red Bow Records and its music publishing company Magic Mustang Music.
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closed 8/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

Believe Digital, acquired Naïve

synopsis: Paris-based global digital music company Believe Digital has acquired the assets of French indie label Naïve, adding to its fold a significant jazz and classical catalogue as well as some contemporary acts such as Jeanne Added, M83 and Benjamin Biolay.
buyer: Believe Digital
Believe Digital is the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists & labels worldwide. The company has over 250 employees worldwide with offices in France, The UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa. "
target: Naïve
Naïve is a French independent record label based in Paris, specializing in electronic music, pop music, jazz and classical music. It was founded in 1997 by Patrick Zelnik, Gilles Paires and Eric Tong Cuong.
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closed 8/10/2016 via BNC Analysis

Sony Music U.K., acquired Ministry of Sound

synopsis: Sony Music UK, a recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, has acquired Ministry of Sound Recordings, a British record label that started out as a nightclub in London, but has since diversified into a multimedia entertainment business.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music U.K.
Sony Music UK is a recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
target: Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound is a British record label that started out as a nightclub in London, but has since diversified into a multimedia entertainment business. In addition to the nightclub, it is an independent record label and worldwide events brand with a radio station and other media outlets.
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closed 7/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired Forza Music

synopsis: Forza Music, the Slovakian entertainment company founded in 1994 that’s home to music from the region released over four decades going back to the 1960s, has been acquired by Warner Music Group. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: Forza Music
Forza Music is a prominent Slovakian entertainment company. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia. OPUS was privatized in 1990 and has been owned by Forza for the last 15 or so years.
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closed 7/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired Forza Music

synopsis: Forza Music, the Slovakian entertainment company founded in 1994 that’s home to music from the region released over four decades going back to the 1960s, has been acquired by Warner Music Group. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: Forza Music
Forza Music is a prominent Slovakian entertainment company. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia. OPUS was privatized in 1990 and has been owned by Forza for the last 15 or so years.
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closed 7/16/2019 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired First Night Records

synopsis: Warner Music Group has acquired First Night Records, an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. First Night Records was founded in 1984 with their recording of “Singin’ in the Rain.”
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: First Night Records
First Night Records is an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. First Night Records was founded in 1984 with their recording of “Singin’ in the Rain.”
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announced 9/26/2018 via Company Press Release

Warner Music Group, will acquire EMP Merchandising

synopsis: Warner Music Group announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EMP Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH, one of Europe’s leading specialty music and entertainment merchandise e-tailers.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is a global leader in national and international repertoire and home to some of the best-known labels in the recorded music industry. In addition to its U.S. labels, WMG operates through numerous affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. "
target parent: Sycamore Partners
target: EMP Merchandising
E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH operates as an online retailer. EMP are the largest mailorder supplier of rock and metal clothing and alternative merchandise in Europe.
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closed 8/3/2018 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired UPROXX

synopsis: Warner Music Group, a global leader in national and international repertoire and home to some of the best-known labels in the recorded music industry, has acquired Uproxx, the premier news and culture platform for the digital generation.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is a global leader in national and international repertoire and home to some of the best-known labels in the recorded music industry. In addition to its U.S. labels, WMG operates through numerous affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. "
target: UPROXX
Uproxx is the premier news and culture platform for the digital generation. As one of the largest destinations on the web targeted to the hard to reach young male consumer, they deliver news, sports, music, and entertainment with a connection not found anywhere else.
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Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., purchased Ticketing Commerce Platform, Other Assets from Songkick

synopsis: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. and Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. and related entities formerly known as Songkick ("CERG") announced that Live Nation has acquired certain assets from CERG, including CERG's ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm.
buyer: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (LYV:$11,547.97)
Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. The Concerts segment promotes live music events and produces music festivals and creates associated content. "
seller parent: Access Industries
seller: Songkick
The assets of Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. (CERG, Songkick) include CERG's ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio.
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Warner Music Group, acquired Spinnin' Records B.V.

synopsis: Warner Music Group (WMG) has acquired Spinnin’ Records, one of the world’s leading independent electronic music companies. Headquartered in the Netherlands and founded in 1999, Spinnin’ Records is also home to successful music publishing and artist management divisions.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Bros., as well as Warner/Chappell Music "
target: Spinnin' Records B.V.
Spinnin’ Records is a leading music label in the international dance industry. Founded in 1999, the Dutch music label quickly emerged as a dominant tastemaker in clubs and record charts around the world.
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Because Music, purchased Warner Music 90 from Warner Music Group

synopsis: The Because Group has acquired Warner Music 90, which encompasses the majority of the catalogue formerly known as London Records, from Warner Music Group. Warner Music 90, which will be renamed London Music Stream, is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Orbital and other important catalogues.
buyer: Because Music
The Because Group is active in music production, music publishing, touring and venues. It is one of the leading independent music groups in Europe with artists such as Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Major Lazer, Justice, Django Django and Charlotte Gainsbourg. "
seller: Warner Music Group
Warner Music 90 is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Fine Young Cannibals, Orbital, Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat, East 17, Goldie, Shakespears Sister and over 50 other important catalogues.
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Warner Music Group, acquired Songkick

synopsis: Warner Music Group (WMG), an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate, has acquired selected assets from Songkick, the award-winning live music platform that attracts 15 million fans a month. The deal includes Songkick's concert discovery app and website as well as the Songkick trademark.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target: Songkick
Songkick has been the trusted home for live music since 2007. Right now, more than 15 million music fans across the globe use Songkick to track their favorite artists, discover new concerts and buy fairly priced tickets under one roof.
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Neuland Concerts GmbH, acquired Neuland Concerts GmbH

synopsis: Neuland Concerts GmbH has been acquired by its management from parent company Warner Music Germany. Neuland Concerts was established in 2008, and it quickly developed into one of Germany’s top live music tour operators. Neuland Concerts offers services in all fields of live entertainment, including corporate and brand events.
buyer: Neuland Concerts GmbH
Neuland Concerts is a German booking agency and tour promoter for many national and international artists. Neuland Concerts offers services in all fields of live entertainment, including corporate and brand events such as the production of special events. "
target parent: Access Industries
target: Neuland Concerts GmbH
Neuland Concerts is a German booking agency and tour promoter for many national and international artists. Neuland Concerts offers services in all fields of live entertainment, including corporate and brand events such as the production of special events.
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Warner Music Group, acquired X5 Music Group

synopsis: Warner Music Group has acquired X5 Music Group (X5). X5 specializes in licensing deep catalog and specific genres of music to create playlists, streaming and download products. X5 will continue to operate as a standalone company under its existing management.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target: X5 Music Group
X5 Music Group is a global Music company based in Stockholm, Sweden and in New York, specialized in the digital download market. X5 license digital rights from select media partners for sales and marketing of music.
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closed 3/2/2016 via BNC Analysis

Curb Records, Inc., acquired Word Entertainment, Inc.

synopsis: US independent music company Curb Records has acquired the 80% stake that it did not own in Word Entertainment, a Christian faith-based entertainment company, from Warner Music Group. Founded in 1951, Word Entertainment is active in recorded music, publishing, film, live events, and church resources.
buyer: Curb Records, Inc.
Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Their roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records has achieved 433 number one records, over 1,500 hundred Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. "
target parent: Access Industries
target: Word Entertainment, Inc.
A leader in the Christian music community for over 60 years, Word Entertainment is a unique, comprehensive faith-based company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including recorded music, distribution, publishing, film, merchandising, church resources, and live events.
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closed 10/16/2014 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired ShareMyPlaylists.com Limited

synopsis: UK startup ShareMyPlaylists, which runs Spotify playlists sharing platform Playlists.net, has been acquired by American recording giant Warner Music Group. Playlists.net has carved a niche for itself in the online music space, becoming known as the preeminent go-to for those wishing to share and explore Spotify playlists.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target: ShareMyPlaylists.com Limited
Playlists.net is a resource for Spotify users to share and explore Spotify Playlists. The site is a free resource for music fans the world over.
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closed 6/19/2013 via Company Press Release

Warner Music Group, acquired Gala Records Group

synopsis: Warner Music Group (WMG) acquired the Gala Records Group (Gala), Russia's leading independent music company. Gala is the first privately-owned record label in Russia. Gala has grown to encompass recorded music, distribution, publishing and live production and now represents some of the biggest artists and composers in Russian music.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target: Gala Records Group
Gala is the first privately-owned record label in Russia. Gala has grown to encompass recorded music, distribution, publishing and live production and now represents some of the biggest artists and composers in Russian music.
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closed 7/1/2013 via Market Wire

Warner Music Group, acquired Parlophone Label Group

synopsis: Warner Music Group, an Access Industries company, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi. The Parlophone Label Group includes a broad range of some of the world's best-known recordings and classic and contemporary artists spanning a wide array of musical genres.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target parent: Vivendi SA
target: Parlophone Label Group
The Parlophone Label Group is comprised of the historic Parlophone label and Chrysalis and Ensign labels as well as EMI's recorded music operations in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden.
price ($mm)
$764
rev ($mm)
$488
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$114
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1.6x
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6.7x
closed 7/20/2011 via Market Wire

Warner Music Group merged with Access Industries,

synopsis: Warner Music Group Corp. announced the completion of its acquisition by Airplanes Music, LLC, and Airplanes Merger Sub, Inc., affiliates of Access Industries, Inc. Warner Music Group is a major music company and comprises an array of businesses aimed at helping artists achieve long-term creative and financial success.
buyer: Access Industries
Access Industries is a privately held, U.S.-based industrial group with long-term holdings worldwide. Access' industrial focus spans three key sectors: natural resources and chemicals; telecommunications and media; and real estate. "
target: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is a major music company and comprises an array of businesses aimed at helping artists achieve long-term creative and financial success while providing consumers with the highest-quality music content available.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,259 [$2,891]*
rev ($mm)
$2,869
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$379
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1.0x
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7.8x
closed 8/6/2007 via BNC Analysis

Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., acquired Non-Stop Music

synopsis: Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., said Monday it purchased Non-Stop Music for an undisclosed amount. Non-Stop's co-founders, Randy Thornton, Brian Hofheins and Chief Executive Mike Dowdle will continue running the company, which will become a unit of Warner/Chappell Music.
buyer parent: Warner Music Group
buyer: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Warner/Chappell represent songs and songwriters from every country in the world, with diverse catalogues rich in tradition and history. Warner/Chappell publishes music in all forms, from Symphonic to Soul, Be-Bop to Broadway, Tangos to Techno, Romance to Rock. "
target: Non-Stop Music
Formed in 1981, Salt Lake City, Utah-based Non-Stop has a library of more than 35,000 song titles that it licenses to film, television, Internet and corporate clients.
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closed 3/24/2006 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired Ryko Corporation

synopsis: Warner Music Group has closed on a $67.5 million deal to purchase Ryko Corporation, the parent company of Rykodisc. In addition to its own roster, Rykodisc also controls the Restless Records catalog, which includes titles by The Flaming Lips, The Replacements and Soul Asylum.
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to some of the world's leading record companies, including The Atlantic Group, Elektra Entertainment Group, Rhino Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records Inc. and Word Entertainment. "
target: Ryko Corporation
Ryko Corporation is an innovative independent record company.
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$68
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closed 3/1/2004 via BusinessWire

Bronfman Investor Group, acquired Warner Music Group

synopsis: Time Warner Inc. and an investor group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners, Edgar Bronfman, Jr.'s Lexa Partners, Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners announced the sale of Time Warner's Warner Music Group, including its recorded music operations and Warner/Chappell music publishing business.
buyer: Bronfman Investor Group
This investor group, led by Thomas H. Lee Partners, Edgar Bronfman, Jr.'s Lexa Partners, Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners was formed for the purpose of acquiring Time Warner's Warner Music Group. Name to be changed later. "
target parent: AOL, LLC.
target: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to some of the world's leading record companies, including The Atlantic Group, Elektra Entertainment Group, Rhino Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records Inc. and Word Entertainment.
price ($mm)
$2,600
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closed 7/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired Forza Music

synopsis: Forza Music, the Slovakian entertainment company founded in 1994 that’s home to music from the region released over four decades going back to the 1960s, has been acquired by Warner Music Group. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: Forza Music
Forza Music is a prominent Slovakian entertainment company. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia. OPUS was privatized in 1990 and has been owned by Forza for the last 15 or so years.
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closed 3/25/2020 via BNC Analysis

Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd, acquired Gallo Record Company

synopsis: Tiso Blackstar Group, the former publisher of the Business Day and Sunday Times, says it has sold its entire stake in Gallo Music for R75m to Lebashe Investment Group’s Arena Holdings. Gallo Record Company is the largest and oldest independent record label in South Africa.
buyer parent: The Lebashe Investment Group
buyer: Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Arena Holdings is one of Africa’s largest English-language news publishers in print (titles include Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, The Herald, Sowetan and Daily Dispatch) and online (titles include TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE, BusinessLIVE, DispatchLIVE, HeraldLIVE and Vrye Weekblad). "
target parent: Tiso Blackstar Group
target: Gallo Record Company
Gallo Record Company is the largest and oldest independent record label in South Africa. It is based in Johannesburg. Gallo Record Company has been in operation since 1926 and signs, promotes and assists artists to promote their music across Africa and internationally.
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closed 2/26/2020 via BNC Analysis

Valiant Eagle, Inc., acquired Franchise X Entertainment

synopsis: Valiant Eagle Inc., a corporation focused on the energizing of entertainment in television, the Internet, and social media, has acquired Franchise X Entertainment LLC, a full-service record label and artist management company based out of Los Angeles, CA.
buyer: Valiant Eagle, Inc. (OTCPK:PSRU.D:$0.02)
Valiant Eagle, Inc. is a corporation focused on the energizing of entertainment in television, the Internet, and social media. VE aims to achieve advances in those media through content featuring Music, Sports, Entertainment, and, with respect to the millennial generation, through Technology. "
target: Franchise X Entertainment
Franchise X Entertainment LLC operates as a record label and artist management company. The company is based in Los Angeles, California.
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announced 8/29/2019 via BNC Analysis

Reservoir Media Management, Inc., will acquire Blue Raincoat Music

synopsis: Reservoir Media Management, an independent music company, has struck a deal to bring UK-based music company Blue Raincoat Music and its subsidiary Chrysalis Records into its portfolio of offerings. Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, based in London, New York and Los Angeles.
buyer: Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Reservoir Media Management is an independent music company based in NYC. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, the company has grown to represent over 110,000 copyrights and 26,000 master recordings with titles dating as far back as the 1920s, and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. "
target: Blue Raincoat Music
Established in 2014 Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, based in London, New York and Los Angeles. They are also home to a standalone operating record label that houses the Chrysalis Records catalog.
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announced 6/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Carlyle Group, Ithaca Holdings LLC, will acquire Big Machine Label Group

synopsis: Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings has agreed to acquire Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in a blockbuster deal backed by the Carlyle Group. Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group is a record label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, and more.
buyer: Carlyle Group (CG:$1,544.30)
buyer: Ithaca Holdings LLC
Ithaca Holdings is a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun. SB Projects is a diversified entertainment and media company. The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles. "
target: Big Machine Label Group
Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group is a record label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records and publishing company Big Machine Music.
price ($mm)
$300
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closed 1/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Naxos Digital Services Ltd., acquired ARC Music Productions International Limited

synopsis: Naxos Music Group, the world's leading classical music label, has acquired ARC Music Productions International, a UK-based record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. ARC Music offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world.
buyer: Naxos Digital Services Ltd.
Established in 1987, Naxos is the world's leading classical music label. Naxos offers over 11,000 titles that are available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of-the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. "
target: ARC Music Productions International Limited
ARC Music is a UK-based record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. ARC Music offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world. Their unrivalled repertoire comprises hundreds upon hundreds of albums from over 120 countries.
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closed 12/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Apple, Inc., acquired Platoon

synopsis: Apple is building up its music business with an acquisition of a small tech startup that helps discover and develop emerging musical artists. Apple confirmed it purchased Platoon, a company that helps independent artists fund, distribute, and market their content.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$267,683.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Platoon
Platoon helps discover the very best emerging talent (musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, designers) and provides them with the platform to create, distribute and commercialize exceptional creative work. They are based in London, UK.
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closed 10/15/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired World Circuit Limited

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading world music label, World Circuit Records, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: World Circuit Limited
World Circuit Records is a leading world music label, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
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closed 8/8/2018 via Company Press Release

Concord Music, acquired Independiente Ltd

synopsis: Concord Music is proud to announce its acquisition of London-based record label Independiente Ltd. Formed in 1997, Independiente was founded by well-respected industry veteran, Andy Macdonald. Independiente is home to artists such as Travis, Embrace, So Solid Crew, Archive, Martina Topley-Bird and Paul Weller, among many others.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Independiente Ltd
Independiente is a huge hit UK-based record label company formed in 1997 by Andy Macdonald, an industry veteran. Their label's roster includes Travis, Embrace, So Solid Crew, Archive, Martina Topley-Bird, Paul Weller and more.
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closed 8/1/2018 via Company Press Release

BMG Production Music, acquired Deep East Music

synopsis: BMG Production Music has acquired the influential independent UK production music company Deep East Music. Deep East Music was started in London in 2007 by entrepreneurs Ciaran McNeaney and Alex Marchant.  Over the past 10 years Deep East has grown rapidly to become one of the most highly-regarded production music companies in the world.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Production Music
BMG Production Music specializes in providing music and sound effects for radio and television, for advertising agencies and audiovisual companies. BMG Production Music has custom scoring studios in LA and London and global creative teams for music searching and project supervision. "
target: Deep East Music
Deep East Music is an influential independent UK production music company. Unlike many production music labels who simply curate, Deep East creates its music from scratch in its own studios, informed by its worldwide client network.
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closed 6/7/2018 via BNC Analysis

AWAL UK Limited, acquired in2une Music

synopsis: AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, has acquired radio promotion and music marketing firm, in2une Music. In2une provides label services for independent labels, publishing companies and artists. They have an unparalleled track record in radio promotion and has had multiple client successes.
buyer parent: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
buyer: AWAL UK Limited
Based in the UK, AWAL Limited offers artists music services without having to give up flexibility, ownership or control. With offices around the world, AWAL's services include global distribution, marketing and release management, A&R, funding, playlist promotion, and much more. "
target: in2une Music
In2une Music is a music coalition providing label services for independent labels, publishing companies and artists. They are a “one-stop shop” that has the tools and experience of a major label. They offer a portfolio of services for developing, launching, executing, and sustaining music marketing.
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closed 4/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired Big Bang & Fuzz

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading Asia-Pacific production music house Big Bang & Fuzz to further expand its fast-growing BMG Production Music business unit. Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: Big Bang & Fuzz
Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region. The company focuses on sub-publishing premium international catalogues. Big Bang & Fuzz was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 1998.
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closed 2/7/2018 via Company Press Release

Concord Music Group, acquired Varese Sarabande Records

synopsis: Concord Music announced that it has acquired Varèse Sarabande, from Film Score Records, an investor group led and managed by The Cutting Edge Group. Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target parent: Cutting Edge Group
target: Varese Sarabande Records
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers.
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closed 1/17/2018 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music Group, acquired Razor & Tie

synopsis: Concord Music has fully acquired the Razor & Tie record label. The deal includes Razor & Tie's label, publishing division, popular Kidz Bop brand and Washington Square Records alternative imprint. Razor & Tie was founded in 1990 and has become one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target: Razor & Tie
With over 40 million units sold, over 20 years in business and multiple Grammy Awards, Razor & Tie is one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
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closed 12/20/2017 via Company Press Release

Universal Music Group, Inc., purchased Stiff Records, ZTT and Perfect Songs from SPZ Group

synopsis: Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced the acquisition of Stiff Records, ZTT and Perfect Songs music publishing from SPZ Group. Stiff and ZTT are two of the most influential and iconic British record labels of the last forty years. Perfect Songs is home to a varied catalog of songs including Seal.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Universal Music Group, Inc.
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. "
seller: SPZ Group
Stiff and ZTT are two of the most influential and iconic British record labels of the last forty years. Perfect Songs is home to a varied catalog of songs including Seal, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise, Olly Murs, Little Mix, Rudimental and more.
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announced 11/8/2017 via BNC Analysis

Compass Records Group, Inc., will acquire Red House Records, Inc.

synopsis: Compass Records Group is acquiring Red House Records. Red House Records is a music label company that is home to some of the finest acoustic performers in the world. Established in 1983, Red House has received indie music awards, numerous GRAMMY nominations and a GRAMMY award for Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s album, South Coast, in 1995.
buyer: Compass Records Group, Inc.
Compass Records is a music publisher that has over 600 titles in its catalog. Compass’ latest signings include NYC indie darling Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth and the Catapult) and rising bluegrass/Americana star Molly Tuttle. "
target: Red House Records, Inc.
Red House Records is a music label company that is home to some of the finest acoustic performers in the world. Whether interested in singer/songwriters, blues, traditional folk, or instrumental music, Red House artists are players, singers and songwriters that make a difference in people's lives.
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closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Because Music, purchased Warner Music 90 from Warner Music Group

synopsis: The Because Group has acquired Warner Music 90, which encompasses the majority of the catalogue formerly known as London Records, from Warner Music Group. Warner Music 90, which will be renamed London Music Stream, is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Orbital and other important catalogues.
buyer: Because Music
The Because Group is active in music production, music publishing, touring and venues. It is one of the leading independent music groups in Europe with artists such as Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Major Lazer, Justice, Django Django and Charlotte Gainsbourg. "
seller: Warner Music Group
Warner Music 90 is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Fine Young Cannibals, Orbital, Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat, East 17, Goldie, Shakespears Sister and over 50 other important catalogues.
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closed 1/30/2017 via Company Press Release

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired BBR Music Group

synopsis: The new BMG has announced that it has acquired Nashville-based independent powerhouse BBR Music Group, including its associated labels Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Wheelhouse Records, Red Bow Records and its music publishing company Magic Mustang Music.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: BBR Music Group
BBR Music Group is a Nashville-based independent music label and publisher powerhouse, which includes its associated labels Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Wheelhouse Records, Red Bow Records and its music publishing company Magic Mustang Music.
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closed 8/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

Believe Digital, acquired Naïve

synopsis: Paris-based global digital music company Believe Digital has acquired the assets of French indie label Naïve, adding to its fold a significant jazz and classical catalogue as well as some contemporary acts such as Jeanne Added, M83 and Benjamin Biolay.
buyer: Believe Digital
Believe Digital is the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists & labels worldwide. The company has over 250 employees worldwide with offices in France, The UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa. "
target: Naïve
Naïve is a French independent record label based in Paris, specializing in electronic music, pop music, jazz and classical music. It was founded in 1997 by Patrick Zelnik, Gilles Paires and Eric Tong Cuong.
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$10
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closed 8/10/2016 via BNC Analysis

Sony Music U.K., acquired Ministry of Sound

synopsis: Sony Music UK, a recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, has acquired Ministry of Sound Recordings, a British record label that started out as a nightclub in London, but has since diversified into a multimedia entertainment business.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music U.K.
Sony Music UK is a recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
target: Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound is a British record label that started out as a nightclub in London, but has since diversified into a multimedia entertainment business. In addition to the nightclub, it is an independent record label and worldwide events brand with a radio station and other media outlets.
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United Consortium Ltd.
United Consortium Ltd.
United Consortium, Ltd. d/b/a On The Mark Entertainment owns, licenses and markets its proprietary collection of many of the greatest pop and jazz tracks of all time digitally through leading online music stores, as well as brick and mortar retailers.
year
2008
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A122870
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YG Family
YG Family
YG Family has been at the forefront of the popularization of hip-hop music in Korea. From its inception, YG Entertainment has been the birthplace of some of Korea’s most popular artists, from YG’s earlier artists such as JINUSEAN and 1TYM, to the immensely successful current acts, BIGBANG and 2NE1.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$311.20
EBITDA ($mm)
$39.60
EBIT ($mm)
$32.61
Net Income ($mm)
$16.54
Employees
158
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A041510
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd.
S.M. Entertainment is one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$293.04
EBITDA ($mm)
$30.60
EBIT ($mm)
$10.51
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
247
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Ticker: OTCPK:SLCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spotlight Capital Holdings, Inc.
Spotlight Capital Holdings, Inc.
Spotlight Capital Holdings, Inc. operates through three divisions: films, music and concerts. The Spotlight Films division is engaged in the production of genre pictures. The Spotlight Music Division is engaged in providing music and videos.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.08)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
5
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Ticker: LYV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$11,547.97
EBITDA ($mm)
$773.16
EBIT ($mm)
$355.92
Net Income ($mm)
$69.89
Employees
10500
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Ticker: XTRA:ERMK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment Aktiengesellschaft (DEAG) is a leading entertainment service company and a provider of Live Entertainment in Europe with subsidiaries in its core markets. DEAG produces and profitably organises a broad range of live entertainment events and concerts.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$226.23
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.94
EBIT ($mm)
$3.91
Net Income ($mm)
$2.91
Employees
219
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Ticker: JASDAQ:4712
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KeyHolder, Inc.
KeyHolder, Inc.
KeyHolder is a Japanese company engaged in the amusement, real estate, and commercial facility construction businesses. Through its subsidiaries the company operates a real estate sales business, a live music club, produces TV programs, and produces live entertainment.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$117.42
EBITDA ($mm)
$2.09
EBIT ($mm)
($0.44)
Net Income ($mm)
$8.50
Employees
87
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Ticker: TSE:7860
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Avex Group Holdings Inc.
Avex Group Holdings Inc. is the holding company for a group of entertainment-related subsidiaries based in Japan. Their subsidiary, Avex Entertainment Inc. operates as a music recording company which also provides theme music soundtracks to many anime and a few video games.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$1,411.71
EBITDA ($mm)
$162.83
EBIT ($mm)
$142.73
Net Income ($mm)
$74.49
Employees
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Ticker: TSE:7844
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marvelous, Inc.
Marvelous, Inc.
Marvelous Inc, provides Online game planning, production and sales of home video game software in the planning, development, production and sales planning, development and operation of amusement housing planning, production, and sale of music and video content.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$213.68
EBITDA ($mm)
$44.71
EBIT ($mm)
$35.66
Net Income ($mm)
$17.60
Employees
451
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Ticker: UCSO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Consortium Ltd.
United Consortium Ltd.
United Consortium, Ltd. d/b/a On The Mark Entertainment owns, licenses and markets its proprietary collection of many of the greatest pop and jazz tracks of all time digitally through leading online music stores, as well as brick and mortar retailers.
year
2008
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A122870
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YG Family
YG Family
YG Family has been at the forefront of the popularization of hip-hop music in Korea. From its inception, YG Entertainment has been the birthplace of some of Korea’s most popular artists, from YG’s earlier artists such as JINUSEAN and 1TYM, to the immensely successful current acts, BIGBANG and 2NE1.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$311.20
EBITDA ($mm)
$39.60
EBIT ($mm)
$32.61
Net Income ($mm)
$16.54
Employees
158
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A041510
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd.
S.M. Entertainment is one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$293.04
EBITDA ($mm)
$30.60
EBIT ($mm)
$10.51
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
247
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Ticker: OTCPK:SLCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spotlight Capital Holdings, Inc.
Spotlight Capital Holdings, Inc.
Spotlight Capital Holdings, Inc. operates through three divisions: films, music and concerts. The Spotlight Films division is engaged in the production of genre pictures. The Spotlight Music Division is engaged in providing music and videos.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.08)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
5
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Ticker: LYV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$11,547.97
EBITDA ($mm)
$773.16
EBIT ($mm)
$355.92
Net Income ($mm)
$69.89
Employees
10500
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Ticker: XTRA:ERMK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment Aktiengesellschaft (DEAG) is a leading entertainment service company and a provider of Live Entertainment in Europe with subsidiaries in its core markets. DEAG produces and profitably organises a broad range of live entertainment events and concerts.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$226.23
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.94
EBIT ($mm)
$3.91
Net Income ($mm)
$2.91
Employees
219
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Ticker: JASDAQ:4712
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KeyHolder, Inc.
KeyHolder, Inc.
KeyHolder is a Japanese company engaged in the amusement, real estate, and commercial facility construction businesses. Through its subsidiaries the company operates a real estate sales business, a live music club, produces TV programs, and produces live entertainment.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$117.42
EBITDA ($mm)
$2.09
EBIT ($mm)
($0.44)
Net Income ($mm)
$8.50
Employees
87
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