Like X5 Music Group

closed 6/2/2016 via Company Press Release

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 4/21/2021 via PR Newswire

Songtradr, acquired Pretzel Rocks

synopsis: Songtradr, the world's largest B2B music licensing marketplace, has acquired Pretzel, the world's first platform to provide stream-safe music for livestreamers. In addition to solving live streaming monetization, Pretzel offers rights holders such as artists and labels exposure to millions of new, highly engaged listeners through live broadcasts.
buyer: Songtradr
Songtradr is the largest B2B music licensing marketplace in the world, providing music creators and rights owners with a complete tech-enabled solution for rights management and monetization while providing B2B music users with highly-efficient, AI guided access to music. "
target: Pretzel Rocks
Pretzel is the first music streaming service fully licensed for live stream content creators on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. Pretzel develops technology that solves the complexities of multi-party music licensing while paying royalties efficiently and transparently to rights holders.
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closed 4/21/2021 via PR Newswire

Songtradr, acquired Pretzel Rocks

synopsis: Songtradr, the world's largest B2B music licensing marketplace, has acquired Pretzel, the world's first platform to provide stream-safe music for livestreamers. In addition to solving live streaming monetization, Pretzel offers rights holders such as artists and labels exposure to millions of new, highly engaged listeners through live broadcasts.
buyer: Songtradr
Songtradr is the largest B2B music licensing marketplace in the world, providing music creators and rights owners with a complete tech-enabled solution for rights management and monetization while providing B2B music users with highly-efficient, AI guided access to music. "
target: Pretzel Rocks
Pretzel is the first music streaming service fully licensed for live stream content creators on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. Pretzel develops technology that solves the complexities of multi-party music licensing while paying royalties efficiently and transparently to rights holders.
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announced 3/5/2021 via BNC Analysis

Square, Inc., will acquire Tidal Music

synopsis: Square Inc. is acquiring majority stake in Tidal, a subscription-based music, podcast and video streaming service that combines lossless audio and high-definition music videos with exclusive content and special features on music. Tidal was launched in 2014.
buyer: Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ:$13,173.74)
Square builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Square is the creator of Square Reader, a device that makes it possible for anyone to accept card payments using a smartphone or tablet. "
target parent: Project Panther Bidco Ltd
target: Tidal Music
Tidal is a subscription-based music, podcast and video streaming service that combines lossless audio and high-definition music videos with exclusive content and special features on music. Tidal was launched in 2014.
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closed 8/25/2020 via GlobeNewswire

MelodyVR, acquired Napster

synopsis: MelodyVR is acquiring Rhapsody International, which does business as Napster. Napster is the original music service, created by music lovers for music lovers. They have a huge catalog of over 40 million tracks, with new music added every day. You can play all the music you want, as often as you want.
buyer: MelodyVR
MelodyVR is the destination for music in virtual reality. From the side of the stage, to deep in the crowd, lose yourself in a world of live performances, wherever you are. "
target parent: RealNetworks, Inc.
target: Napster
Rhapsody International, dba Napster, is the original music service, created by music lovers for music lovers. They have a huge catalog of over 40 million tracks, with new music added every day. You can play all the music you want, as often as you want.
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closed 2/7/2020 via BusinessWire

Loop Media, Inc. merged with Interlink Plus, Inc.,

synopsis: Interlink Plus, Inc., a professional Trade Show Services provider, has completed its merger with Loop Media, Inc., an innovative premium streaming media company based in Burbank, CA that builds products and solutions for both businesses and consumers.
buyer: Interlink Plus, Inc. (OTCPK:ITRK:$0.04)
InterLink Plus is a professional Trade Show Services provider in Las Vegas offering a wide array of affordable trade show services including staffing, marketing, booth design and set up. "
target: Loop Media, Inc. (OTCPK:LPTV:$3.38)
Loop Media, Inc., is an innovative premium streaming media company building products and solutions for both businesses and consumers. Loop Media is based in Burbank, CA.
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announced 1/24/2019 via BusinessWire

Akazoo will be merged with Modern Media Acquisition Corp.,

synopsis: Modern Media Acquisition Corp. (MMDM), a special purpose acquisition company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with Akazoo Ltd, a global digital music streaming platform based in the United Kingdom.
buyer: Modern Media Acquisition Corp.
Modern Media Acquisition Corp. (MMDM) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, acquisition or similar business combination sponsored by Modern Media, LLC. "
target: Akazoo
Founded in 2010, Akazoo is a UK-based, global, on-demand music streaming subscription company with a focus on emerging markets. Akazoo’s Premium service provides subscribers with unlimited online and offline streaming access to a catalog of over 45 million songs on a commercial-free basis.
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announced 11/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

MTN Group, will acquire Simfy

synopsis: MTN Group, a telecommunications group based in South Africa, is to acquire Simfy Africa (Pty) Ltd, a music-streaming business also based in South Africa. With over 36 million tracks to choose from, people can experience a different song every day.
buyer: MTN Group (JSE:MTN:$9,278.65)
MTN Group Limited entered the telecommunications scene at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy, in 1994. They offer an integrated suite of communications products and services, including traditional mobile voice and data, digital and mobile financial services as well as enterprise services. "
target: Simfy
Simfy Africa (Pty) Ltd is a music-streaming business. The company is based in South Africa. With over 36 million tracks to choose from, people can experience a different song every day.
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closed 2/1/2019 via Company Press Release

Sirius XM Holdings Inc., acquired Pandora Media, Inc.

synopsis: Sirius XM Holdings Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Pandora Media, Inc. With the transaction complete, SiriusXM is the world's largest audio entertainment company with strong, long-term growth opportunities. Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform.
buyer: Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI:$8,040.00)
SiriusXM is one of the world's largest audio entertainment companies and is among the largest subscription media companies in the United States, offering an array of exclusive content to satisfy many interests. "
target: Pandora Media, Inc. (P:$1,478.00)
Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform. They are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it.
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closed 12/4/2018 via BNC Analysis

Saavn, LLC merged with JioMusic,

synopsis: Reliance Industries has acquired an 81.7 percent stake in New York-based music streaming services provider Saavn, which has merged with Reliance's JioMusic service. Saavn is one of South Asia's leading digital music streaming services, with 36 million tracks in 15 languages.
buyer parent: Reliance Industries Limited
buyer: JioMusic
JioMusic provides truly unlimited ad-free access to HD music with over 16 million songs in over 20 languages. The JioMusic app lets users listen and download their favorite HD Songs without any additional charges, anytime, anywhere. "
target: Saavn, LLC
Founded in 2007, Saavn is one of South Asia's leading digital music streaming services, transforming how people around the world access and experience music on a daily basis. Saavn is currently accessed across the globe and offers 36 million tracks in 15 languages.
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closed 3/17/2016 via BNC Analysis

KickStarter LLC, acquired Drip.com, Inc.

synopsis: Kickstarter, which aims to let creative people of all kinds raise money for their projects by connecting directly with fans, has acquired Drip, a service that lets music artists engage with fans with new work and previews while drawing revenue from the platform. The company is based in Brooklyn, NY.
buyer: KickStarter LLC
Kickstarter aims to let creative people of all kinds — journalists, artists, musicians, game developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers — raise money for their projects by connecting directly with fans, who receive exclusive access and rewards in exchange for their patronage. "
target: Drip.com, Inc.
Drip is a service that lets music artists engage with fans with new work and previews while drawing revenue from the platform. The company is based in Brooklyn, NY.
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closed 5/13/2015 via BNC Analysis

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, acquired Putpat TV

synopsis: German commercial TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired interactive music TV service Putpat TV. Putpat TV enables viewers to create a music video stream customised to their personal taste via web, smart TV, tablets and smartphones.
buyer: ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (XTRA:PSM:$4,577.28)
The ProSiebenSat.1 Group is one of the largest independent media corporations in Europe. They are also Germany's leading video marketer on the internet. They operate maxdome, the biggest German video-on-demand portal, and provide their customers with the multi channel network Studio71. "
target: Putpat TV
Putpat TV is an interactive music TV service. The internet service enables viewers to create a music video stream customised to their personal taste via web, smart TV, tablets and smartphones. The ad-supported, free-of-charge offering currently has more than 3.5 million registered users.
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announced 12/24/2014 via BNC Analysis

LINE Corporation, will acquire MixRadio

synopsis: LINE Corp, the Japanese company behind the messaging app of the same name, announced it is acquiring Microsoft’s MixRadio, a free music streaming service that allows users to create a personal radio station.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target parent: Microsoft Corporation
target: MixRadio
MixRadio is an on-demand music streaming subscription service. MixRadio allows free streaming of playlists without any subscriptions or ads available in 31 countries, including the US, Brazil, India and China. It has a catalogue of over 30 million songs.
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closed 7/1/2014 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., acquired Songza

synopsis: Google has acquired music streaming service Songza. The company offers playlists for activities such as waking up, working out, commuting, concentrating, unwinding, entertaining, and sleeping. Users can vote songs up or down, and the service will adapt to the user's personal music preferences.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$196,682.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target parent: Amazon.com, Inc.
target: Songza
Songza is a free music streaming and recommendation service. Stating that its playlists are made by music experts, the service recommends various playlists based on time of day and mood or activity.
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closed 12/12/2012 via BNC Analysis

Dropbox, Inc., acquired AudioGalaxy

synopsis: Online file sync and storage service Dropbox has acquired Audiogalaxy, a peer-to-peer file sharing utility turned online music streaming service.
buyer: Dropbox, Inc. (DBX:$1,913.90)
Dropbox is a free service that lets users bring photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer. "
target: AudioGalaxy
AudioGalaxy is Seattle-based music startup company. It provides personal music streaming.
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closed 8/16/2012 via BNC Analysis

Stingray Digital Media Group, acquired The Karaoke Channel

synopsis: Stingray Digital is to purchase The Karaoke Channel, a television and video-on-demand service company, from Israeli Ananey Communications.
buyer: Stingray Digital Media Group (TSX:RAY.A:$199.89)
Stingray Digital is a leading provider of cutting-edge applications delivering high quality music and video content on multiple platforms including Digital TV, IPTV, Internet, Mobile and Game Consoles. "
target parent: Ananey Communications
target: The Karaoke Channel
The KARAOKE Channel offers karaoke online, for download, on mobile, on video on demand, and on smart TVs. The KARAOKE Channel is proud to deliver more than 18 000 professional quality karaoke songs in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Italian.
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closed 11/9/2011 via BusinessWire

Aspiro Music AB, acquired WiMP Music AS

synopsis: Aspiro has completed its acquisition of WiMP Music AS. WiMP Music, based in Oslo, Norway, offers online music streaming services through mobile and computers. Aspiro is the world’s only provider of complete TV and music streaming services for partners that want to put their own branding on the service.
buyer: Aspiro Music AB (OM:ASP:$36.01)
Aspiro has unique positioning as the world’s only vendor of complete hosted TV and music streaming services to partners that want to put their own branding on these services. Aspiro has over ten years’ experience in mobile technology and retail in northern Europe. "
target parent: Platekompaniet AS
target: WiMP Music AS
WiMP Music AS offers online music streaming services through mobile and computers. WiMP Music AS was formerly known as Kompanjong AS. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Oslo, Norway.
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closed 7/29/2010 via Company Press Release

The Orchard Enterprises Inc merged with Dimensional Associates, LLC,

synopsis: The Orchard, a global leader in music and video distribution and comprehensive digital strategy, announced the completion of its acquisition byDimensional Associates, LLC, the New York-based private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc. and the majority owner of The Orchard.
buyer parent: JDS Capital Management, Inc.
buyer: Dimensional Associates, LLC
Dimensional Associates LLC is a private equity firm. It seeks to invest in digital media with a focus on online music distribution. It operates as a subsidiary of JDS Capital Management, Inc. The firm is based in Rye, New York. "
target: The Orchard Enterprises Inc (:$62.27)
The Orchard is an independent music and video distributor specializing in comprehensive digital strategies for content owners. Through innovative global marketing and promotions, The Orchard drives sales across more than 660 digital and mobile storefronts in 75 countries.
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closed 6/9/2008 via BusinessWire

Blue Wireless & Data, Inc., acquired Rev Media, Inc.

synopsis: Blue Wireless & Data, Inc. has acquired Rev Media, Inc., a company formed to create www.revlounge.com. The website will offer consumers the ability to enjoy concerts real-time via the Internet from popular live music venues.
buyer: Blue Wireless & Data, Inc. (BWDT:$0.00)
Blue Wireless & Data, Inc. offers complete turn-key solutions in the field of Information Technology. The Company provides overall assessment of all Internet and information technology needs, Internet access services, and customization of technology to suit the needs of individual businesses. "
target: Rev Media, Inc.
Rev Media, Inc. combines marketing, technology and entertainment to increase viewing opportunities for customers and revenue opportunities for entertainment complexes. www.revlounge.com offer consumers the ability to enjoy concerts real-time via the Internet from popular live music venues.
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closed 3/21/2005 via PR Newswire

Media International Concepts, Inc., acquired RockWindow Television Network, Inc.

synopsis: Media International Concepts, Inc. announced the Company has closed its acquisition of RockWindow Television Network, Inc., an Internet based Classic Rock service founded in October 1999. This acquisition is for 964,448 shares of restricted common stock in MEIC, a one-for-one exchange with the existing RockWindow shareholders.
buyer: Media International Concepts, Inc.
Media International Concepts, Inc., a Nevada Corporation, was formed for the purpose of aggressively pursuing the acquisition of advertising, entertainment and educational programming and production companies to create synergies and exploit traditional and emerging distribution channels. "
target: RockWindow Television Network, Inc.
A subscription service distributed via local ISP affiliates, RockWindow is one of the first traditional media businesses to webcast music, video and news. RockWindow is a network dedicated to the lucrative Classic Rock and emerging Neo-Classic Rock music marketplace that appeals to both children an
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closed 6/2/2016 via Company Press Release

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 3/24/2021 via Company Press Release

Warner Music Group, acquired Zhara Music

synopsis: Warner Music Group announced the acquisition of leading indie label Zhara Music, and the launch of the Russian division of its legendary Atlantic Records label. Zhara Music was co-founded by artists and businessmen EMIN and Bahh Tee.
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: Zhara Music
Zhara Music, a Russian indie label, has become a hugely significant player in the fast-growing Russian music industry. They also host the ZHARA Festival, a music festival which takes place in Azerbaijan, near the coast of Caspian Sea every year.
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closed 9/9/2020 via PR Web

Cinq Music, acquired Beluga Heights Records

synopsis: Cinq Music Group, the tech-driven indie record label, distribution, and rights management company, has acquired record label Beluga Heights, a joint venture between JR Rotem and Warner Records. Part of the deal includes the Jason Derulo catalog, as Derulo was an artist on Beluga Heights/Warner records.
buyer parent: GoDigital Media Group
buyer: Cinq Music
Cinq Music is a technology-driven record label, distribution, and rights management company. Cinq’s repertoire has won Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, and numerous number one chart positions on a variety of Billboard charts. "
target parent: Warner Music Group
target: Beluga Heights Records
Beluga Heights Records is a joint venture between founder J.R. Rotem and Warner Records. Founded in 2006, the label is known for working with top musical artists such as Rihanna and Leona Lewis, as well as discovering and developing new acts like Sean Kingston and Jason Derülo.
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired IMGN Media

synopsis: Warner Music Group has announced it is acquiring IMGN Media, a company best known for creating shareable social media content including memes and short videos. IMGN runs 10 channels across platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. These channels include Daquan, which has over 6.5m followers on TikTok and over 15m on Instagram.
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: IMGN Media
IMGN is a tech-media company specialized in producing and programming social content for Gen Z audiences. IMGN owns & operates a portfolio of 14 distinct media brands with an overall reach of +40 million followers. Featured brands: Daquan, TryHard, So Satisfying & more.
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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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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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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:$4,513.24)
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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closed 4/1/2017 via BNC Analysis

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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closed 6/2/2016 via Company Press Release

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)
$488
EBITDA ($mm)
$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)
$2,869
EBITDA ($mm)
$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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closed 6/23/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., acquired Alamo Records

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in Alamo Records, the New York-based multi-genre label founded by music industry entrepreneur Todd Moscowitz focused on the discovery and development of next-generation talent.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global 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: Alamo Records
Alamo Records is the New York-based multi-genre label founded by music industry entrepreneur Todd Moscowitz focused on the discovery and development of next-generation talent.
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announced 4/14/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., will acquire Som Livre Ltda.

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Globo Comunicação E Participações S.A. to acquire Brazilian independent music company Som Livre. Som Livre is home to many of Brazil’s most popular artists including Marilia Mendonça, Jorge & Mateus, Wesley Safadão, and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global 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 parent: Grupo Globo
target: Som Livre Ltda.
Brazilian music label Som Livre was founded by Globo in 1969 for the release and promotion of soundtracks of TV shows. Som Livre has a strong play in live events, being a producer of festivals in the country through various brands, such as Festeja and Samba D+.
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closed 3/24/2021 via Company Press Release

Warner Music Group, acquired Zhara Music

synopsis: Warner Music Group announced the acquisition of leading indie label Zhara Music, and the launch of the Russian division of its legendary Atlantic Records label. Zhara Music was co-founded by artists and businessmen EMIN and Bahh Tee.
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: Zhara Music
Zhara Music, a Russian indie label, has become a hugely significant player in the fast-growing Russian music industry. They also host the ZHARA Festival, a music festival which takes place in Azerbaijan, near the coast of Caspian Sea every year.
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closed 2/10/2021 via PR Newswire

Quebecor Inc., acquired Audiogram

synopsis: Quebecor Sports and Entertainment announced the acquisition of Audiogram, an iconic record company that is one of Canada's best-known French-language labels. Quebecor Inc. is a Canadian diversified media and telecommunications company serving Québec based in Montréal.
buyer: Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B:$3,145.06)
Quebecor Inc. is a Canadian diversified media and telecommunications company serving Québec based in Montréal. Quebecor Sports and Entertainment Group produces, distributes and promotes cultural and sporting events, presenting Québec and international talent in its market. "
target: Audiogram
Founded in the early 1980s by Michel Bélanger, Audiogram is the largest independent French-language record label in North America.
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announced 2/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., will purchase AWAL and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights from AWAL UK Limited

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment, a global recorded music company, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Kobalt Music Group to acquire Kobalt’s recorded-music operations, including AWAL, and Kobalt Neighboring Rights.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global 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. "
seller parent: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
seller: AWAL UK Limited
The acquisition includes Kobalt’s recorded-music operations, including AWAL, and Kobalt Neighboring Rights. AWAL is an independent distribution company with headquarters in London, UK. Acquired by Kobalt Music in December 2011, AWAL is Kobalt’s recordings company.
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closed 12/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

The Orchard, acquired Human Re-Sources

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment has acquired Human Re Sources, J. Erving’s Los Angeles-based artist distribution and services company, from the music and tech company Q&A. It will become part of The Orchard, Sony’s global independent music distribution and artist and label services company.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: The Orchard (:$62.27)
The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 markets worldwide. Their artist & label services offerings include full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more. "
target parent: Q&A
target: Human Re-Sources
Human Re Sources offers artist distribution services. Since its 2019 launch, Human Re Sources signed and developed artists such as YBN Nahmir, Pink Sweat$, Baby Rose, Bren Joy and more.
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closed 9/9/2020 via PR Web

Cinq Music, acquired Beluga Heights Records

synopsis: Cinq Music Group, the tech-driven indie record label, distribution, and rights management company, has acquired record label Beluga Heights, a joint venture between JR Rotem and Warner Records. Part of the deal includes the Jason Derulo catalog, as Derulo was an artist on Beluga Heights/Warner records.
buyer parent: GoDigital Media Group
buyer: Cinq Music
Cinq Music is a technology-driven record label, distribution, and rights management company. Cinq’s repertoire has won Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, and numerous number one chart positions on a variety of Billboard charts. "
target parent: Warner Music Group
target: Beluga Heights Records
Beluga Heights Records is a joint venture between founder J.R. Rotem and Warner Records. Founded in 2006, the label is known for working with top musical artists such as Rihanna and Leona Lewis, as well as discovering and developing new acts like Sean Kingston and Jason Derülo.
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announced 5/27/2020 via PR Newswire

Intercept Music, Inc., will acquire Art is War Records

synopsis: Sanwire Corporation, and its wholly owned subsidiary Intercept Music, Inc., is to acquire Art is War Records, a record label with distribution, marketing, and sales services. Focused on independent artists, AIW Records offers the expertise, infrastructure, and scalability of a big label, delivered with personal attention and support.
buyer parent: Sanwire Corporation
buyer: Intercept Music, Inc.
Intercept is an online platform allowing musicians to upload and distribute their music and collect royalties from over 100 retailers. The software automatically promotes the artists' entire business, including their music, merchandise, and performances in social media, playlists, and online radio. "
target: Art is War Records
Art is War Records is a record label with distribution, marketing, and sales services. Focused on independent artists, AIW Records offers the expertise, infrastructure, and scalability of a big label, delivered with personal attention and support.
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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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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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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:$6,117.50)
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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$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:$273,857.00)
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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Art is War Records

Gallo Record Company

Franchise X Entertainment

Blue Raincoat Music

Forza Music

Big Machine Label Group

ARC Music Productions International Limited

Platoon

World Circuit Limited

Independiente Ltd

Deep East Music

in2une Music

Big Bang & Fuzz

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Matching Companies
Ticker: SPOT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spotify Ltd
Spotify Ltd
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$9,696.50
EBITDA ($mm)
($243.03)
EBIT ($mm)
($286.90)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
5584
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Ticker: TSX:RAY.A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stingray Digital Media Group
Stingray Digital Media Group
Stingray is a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale, reaching an estimated 135 million Pay-TV subscribers (or households) in 127 countries.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$199.89
EBITDA ($mm)
$76.52
EBIT ($mm)
$54.72
Net Income ($mm)
$36.14
Employees
1200
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Ticker: OTCPK:LPTV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loop Media, Inc.
Loop Media, Inc.
Loop is the first media company focused on fully integrated 360-degree engagement of music videos and other premium short-form content by consumers and businesses. Loop improves the entire viewing experience for premium short-form content by focusing on venues and consumers.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$3.38
EBITDA ($mm)
($3.42)
EBIT ($mm)
($3.64)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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Ticker: IWDM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Radioio, Inc.
Radioio, Inc.
Radioio, Inc. provides an internet radio platform that delivers streamed music anytime and anywhere on connected devices. RadioIO's full-service background music and messaging ecosystem supports large franchise businesses and other vertical markets.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$1.64
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.87)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.95)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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Ticker: OTCPK:VNUE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VNUE, Inc.
VNUE, Inc., is a music technology company dedicated to further monetizing the live music experience for artists, labels, writers, publishers, and stakeholders by leveraging automation technology in the instant live space. VNUE has a trifecta of solutions that will revolutionize the music business.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$0.01
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.59)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
5
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Ticker: OTCPK:LIVX
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LivexLive Media
LivexLive Media
LiveXLive Media, Inc. is a consolidated group of media and tech assets, including the LiveXLive platform, which is one of the world's only premium internet streaming networks devoted to live music and music-related video content.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$54.07
EBITDA ($mm)
($19.70)
EBIT ($mm)
($27.93)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
76
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Ticker: AIM:BOOM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Audioboom
Audioboom
AudioBoom is the leading podcasting and on-demand audio platform for hosting, distributing and monetizing content. With offices in London, Melbourne, Mumbai and New York City, they host thousands of podcasts with top tier audio content producers from around the world.
year
2016
rev ($mm)
$0.59
EBITDA ($mm)
($8.39)
EBIT ($mm)
($8.42)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
38
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Ticker: MSTO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Masterbeat Corporation
Masterbeat Corporation
Masterbeat Corporation, a privately-held digital music company, was formed in 2007 to launch the www.masterbeat.com website, making dance music, remixes and electronica more readily available to consumers on the internet.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$1.10
EBITDA ($mm)
($1.55)
EBIT ($mm)
($1.63)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: US:UBCI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ubroadcast, Inc.
ubroadcast, Inc.
UBCI's ubroadcast.com allows users to produce and broadcast LIVE and On Demand television and radio in high quality. By blending this user-generated content and UBCI's programming in a single application, UBCI bridges the gap between Internet video and traditional network radio and television.
year
2009
rev ($mm)
$0.45
EBITDA ($mm)
($1.34)
EBIT ($mm)
($1.53)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
10
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Ticker: SEHK:800
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A8 New Media Group Limited
A8 New Media Group Limited
A8 New Media Group Limited is a Chinese company devoted to building the music-based entertainment industry chain based on mobile internet and the prime game publishing platform. The aim of the Group was to build the biggest entertainment platform for young people.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$17.58
EBITDA ($mm)
$5.17
EBIT ($mm)
$3.23
Net Income ($mm)
$2.81
Employees
146
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Ticker: VODOF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VODone LIMITED
VODone LIMITED
VODONE owns a complete set of licenses to operate video broadcasting on the Internet. VODONE owns the powerful broadcasting platform, and it has broadcast thousands of domestic and international political, economical, cultural and commercial activities over the Internet.
year
2008
rev ($mm)
$7.53
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
Net Income ($mm)
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Ticker: MDVX
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Modavox, Inc.
Modavox, Inc. a pioneer in Internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offers innovative, effective and comprehensive online tools for reaching targeted niche communities worldwide. Modavox delivers content straight to desktops and Internet-enabled devices.
year
2009
rev ($mm)
$2.66
EBITDA ($mm)
($3.25)
EBIT ($mm)
($4.12)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
45
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Ticker: RTGV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RTG Ventures, Inc.
RTG Ventures, Inc.
RTG Ventures offers Music & Entertainment Technology Solutions and Digital Marketing Services. Harnessing the strength of its digital marketing agency, the company has applied its knowledge process in developing cutting edge technology platforms for web, mobile and tablet devices.
year
2010
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Ticker: NYSE:TSQ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Townsquare Media Group
Townsquare Media Group
Townsquare is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties. The Company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$507.43
EBITDA ($mm)
$96.45
EBIT ($mm)
$70.76
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
2900
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Ticker: NFLX
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NetFlix
NetFlix
Netflix is the world's leading Internet entertainment platform with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime and anywhere.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$16,614.48
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,705.41
EBIT ($mm)
$1,617.73
Net Income ($mm)
$1,265.17
Employees
7100
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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
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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
2020
rev ($mm)
$4,513.24
EBITDA ($mm)
($862.59)
EBIT ($mm)
($1,319.68)
Net Income ($mm)
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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