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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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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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closed 4/17/2014 via PR Newswire

Woven Digital, LLC, acquired UPROXX

synopsis: Woven announced that it has acquired men's news and entertainment destination, UPROXX. UPROXX is a discussion driven entertainment news site and one of the largest destinations on the web for the young male consumer.
buyer: Woven Digital, LLC
Woven is home to the largest and most relevant male focused online news, entertainment, and lifestyle destinations. Woven produces and creates premium programming for the coveted and influential young male consumer and develops compelling branded content for the world's largest advertisers. "
target: UPROXX
UPROXX is a discussion driven entertainment news site and one of the largest destinations on the web for the young male consumer. UPROXX covers the culture of what's buzzing and delivers the best of web culture, film, TV, music, technology, and sports news on the internet.
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closed 9/9/2010 via PR Newswire

Glam Media, acquired Fantastic Zero GmbH

synopsis: Glam Media Germany, the number one vertical media company for women online in Germany and worldwide, has acquired Fantastic Zero , a leading German vertical media company for men online reaching 5.4 million unique users, from Holtzbrinck Digital GmbH and Publigroupe S.A.
buyer: Glam Media
Glam Media pioneered the vertical content network model and is the fastest growing Top 20 Media Company in the U.S. Glam Media provides a compelling mix of fresh, original content created in-house on its owned & operated web sites and the carefully curated Glam Publishing Network. "
target parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
target: Fantastic Zero GmbH
Fantastic Zero is a collection of 50 male oriented sites with a reach of 5.5 million unique visitors a month in Germany, and 10 million overall. Partner sites of Fantastic Zero include Cineastentreff, Comicgate, Gamenews, and Sport2.
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announced 6/23/2022 via BNC Analysis

Mensa Brands, will acquire MensXP and iDiva

synopsis: Mensa Brands, an Indian company that aims to build global digital first brands, will acquire MensXP and iDiva from Times Internet, India's largest digital products company. MensXP is India’s largest online men's lifestyle brand and marketplace. iDiva is India's largest women's lifestyle network. iDiva offers a vast range of women-centric content.
buyer: Mensa Brands
Mensa Brands is an Indian company that aims to build global digital first brands. Mensa Brands leverages technology to make better decisions, grow brands, and enhance the customer experience. They help ecommerce brands to grow their business through social media, content, and influencer networks. "
target parent: The Times Group
target: MensXP and iDiva
MensXP is India’s largest online men's lifestyle brand. MensXP creates content that covers various lifestyle topics and operates an online marketplace for various products aimed at men. iDiva is India's largest women's lifestyle network. iDiva offers a vast range of women-centric content.
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closed 5/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Woven Digital, LLC, acquired Guyism, LLC

synopsis: LA digital media and production company Woven Digital to add New York-based Guyism.com to their publishing network, with plans to greatly expand. Guyism.com offers information and news to men.
buyer: Woven Digital, LLC
Woven Digital is a media and technology company focused on the representation of high-quality, premium websites to build large-scale communities around relevant content. For advertisers, Woven provides a direct channel to targeted audiences with desired demographic attributes. "
target: Guyism, LLC
Guyism is a Web site designed to bring men the news, information, and entertainment men want on a daily basis.
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closed 11/13/2012 via PR Newswire

Woven Digital, LLC, acquired BroBible LLC

synopsis: Woven Digital, LLC announced it has completed the acquisition of the leading men's lifestyle publisher, BroBible LLC. The acquisition provides Woven the ability to launch and scale an owned and operated publishing platform in addition to its advertising representation network and original content division.
buyer: Woven Digital, LLC
Woven Digital is a media and technology company focused on the representation of high-quality, premium websites to build large-scale communities around relevant content. For advertisers, Woven provides a direct channel to targeted audiences with desired demographic attributes. "
target: BroBible LLC
BroBible is the ultimate destination for Guys, offering top-notch entertainment and a one-stop hub to keep up with the latest news and trends, seek advice, share exploits, and relish in the glory of being a Bro.
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announced 8/18/2022 via BNC Analysis

Penn Entertainment, will acquire Barstool Sports

synopsis: Penn Entertainment, North America’s leading provider of integrated entertainment, sports content and casino gaming experiences, will acquire 100% of Barstool Sports Inc., a leading digital sports, entertainment and media platform.
buyer: Penn Entertainment (PENN:$5,905.00)
PENN Entertainment is North America’s leading provider of integrated entertainment, sports content and casino gaming experiences. PENN operates 44 properties in 20 states, online sports betting in 13 jurisdictions and iCasino in five under a portfolio of well-recognized brands. "
target parent: The Chernin Group
target: Barstool Sports
Barstool Sports is a leading digital sports, entertainment and media platform that delivers original content across blogs, podcasts, video and social media, supported by nearly 100 dedicated personalities.
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announced 6/25/2021 via BNC Analysis

BuzzFeed, will acquire Complex Media

synopsis: BuzzFeed, the 15-year-old digital media company known for its lists, quizzes and its Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, announced that it plans to go public and acquire Complex Networks, a media company run as a joint venture of Verizon and Hearst that reports on popular and emerging trends in style, sneakers, food, music, sports and pop culture.
buyer: BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed is the leading social news organization, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas. "
target parent: The Hearst Corporation
target: Complex Media
Complex Networks is an American media and entertainment company for youth culture, based in New York City. Complex Networks reports on popular and emerging trends in style, sneakers, food, music, sports and pop culture.
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announced 4/18/2016 via PR Newswire

The Hearst Corporation, Verizon Communications, will acquire Complex Media

synopsis: Complex, one of the fastest growing networks of sites focused on American popular culture, will be acquired by Verizon and Hearst in a 50/50 ownership structure. Rich Antoniello, Complex CEO & Co-Founder, will continue to lead the Company.
buyer: The Hearst Corporation
buyer: Verizon Communications (VZ:$129,549.00)
Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network. Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses."
target: Complex Media
Complex Media is the premier multi-media platform for young males, featuring a network of entertainment, sports and lifestyle properties, and a flagship site, Complex.com, which is the online hub of Complex magazine.
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announced 1/7/2016 via BNC Analysis

The Chernin Group, will acquire Barstool Sports

synopsis: The Chernin Group, the firm led by media investor Peter Chernin, has taken a majority stake in the controversial sports blog website Barstool Sports. Barstool Sports is the #1 read, independent, sport & men's lifestyle online publication in the country within the 18-34 year old male demographic.
buyer: The Chernin Group
The Chernin Group, LLC, through its subsidiaries, produces feature films and television programs. The company also builds, manages, and operates media, entertainment, and technology businesses across Asia. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Santa Monica, California. "
target: Barstool Sports
Barstool Sports is the #1 read, independent, sport & men's lifestyle online publication in the country within the 18-34 year old male demographic.
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closed 7/7/2014 via PR Web

Karmaloop.com, acquired Soletron LLC

synopsis: Karmaloop announced its acquisition of Soletron, a leader in content generation for the youth community. It is considered one of the preeminent destinations for cutting edge street wear culture and convers a variety of topic germaine to this lifestyle.
buyer: Karmaloop.com
Karmaloop is an online community catering to the underground streetwear culture. An online retailer for men and women’s street apparel, footwear, and accessories the Company has created a streetwear community including a Street Team, an online video channel KarmaloopTV, and a social network. "
target parent: Canrock Ventures
target: Soletron LLC
Soletron is a leader in content generation for young men 18-35. It is considered one of the preeminent destinations for cutting edge street wear culture and convers a variety of topic germaine to this lifestyle.
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announced 10/9/2013 via BNC Analysis

Break Media will be merged with Alloy Digital Network,

synopsis: New York-based Alloy Digital LLC, which operates teen websites Smosh.com, Gurl.com and Teen.com, will merge in a 50-50 deal with L.A.-based Break Media to form Internet video firm Defy Media. Break Media is the Internet's premier entertainment community for men.
buyer parent: ZelnickMedia Corp.
buyer: Alloy Digital Network
Recognized as a first mover, Alloy Digital is a next-generation media company creating, producing and delivering award-winning original content with unmatched reach to the influential 12-34 demographic. "
target: Break Media
Break Media is the Internet's premier entertainment community for men. It's four wholly owned branded properties (Break.com, Cage Potato, Chickipedia, and Holy Taco) and the 24-site Break Men's Ad Network reach 35 million men worldwide aged 18-34 each month.
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closed 8/12/2013 via BNC Analysis

Zero Point Zero Production Inc., acquired Food Republic, Inc.

synopsis: Emmy Award-winning production company Zero Point Zero has acquired the blog Food Republic. Food Republic launched as a website for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart.
buyer: Zero Point Zero Production Inc.
Zero Point Zero is a television and digital content production company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Zero Point Zero scouts, develops, produces, markets, and distributes entertainment. "
target: Food Republic, Inc.
Food Republic, Inc. operates a food and lifestyle website for men. Food Republic explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations, and experiences. This is the site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart.
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closed 11/15/2012 via BNC Analysis

CraveOnline.com, purchased Publishing Assets from Gorilla Nation Media, LLC

synopsis: CraveOnline Media has acquired the owned and operated publishing assets of Gorilla Nation, an exclusive branded sales company, representing more than 100 leading entertainment and lifestyle communities online.
buyer parent: Evolve Media Corp
buyer: CraveOnline.com
CraveOnline is the #1 male lifestyle destination reaching men ages 18-34 featuring video, movies, TV, music, sports, games, cars, humor and more. As the largest male lifestyle publishing company, CraveOnline Media attracts over 30 million unique visitors per month. "
seller parent: Evolve Media Corp
seller: Gorilla Nation Media, LLC
Gorilla Nation is an exclusive branded sales company, representing more than 100 leading entertainment and lifestyle communities online. It is a recognized expert in entertainment and lifestyle digital marketing.
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closed 3/4/2008 via BusinessWire

Break Media, acquired Wall Street Fighter

synopsis: Break Media, the Internet’s premier entertainment community for men, today announced it has acquired Wall Street Fighter, a business news and financial humor website with more than 500,000 unique monthly visitors. Wall Street Fighter will now become part of the Break Media network, which reaches over 35 million men worldwide each month.
buyer: Break Media
Break Media is the Internet's premier entertainment community for men. It's four wholly owned branded properties (Break.com, Cage Potato, Chickipedia, and Holy Taco) and the 24-site Break Men's Ad Network reach 35 million men worldwide aged 18-34 each month. "
target: Wall Street Fighter
Wall Street Fighter targets all men seeking business and financial information and adds another niche to Break Media’s blend of rich and original lifestyle content. Daily posts on Wall Street Fighter include up-to-the minute business news, stock tips and quirky financial stories.
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closed 11/12/2007 via PR Newswire

CraveOnline.com, acquired WrestleZone.com

synopsis: CraveOnline.com leading lifestyle destination for men featuring video, movies, TV, music, sports, games, cars, humor and more, announced today that it has acquired WrestleZone.com(TM) to further advance its position in the highly competitive online male youth market.
buyer: CraveOnline.com
CraveOnline.com is your source for everything that males crave on the net. We have everything you need from Videos and Music, to Video Games and Movie News & Trailers. We strive to get you the most up-to-date and coolest stuff around the web. "
target: WrestleZone.com
WrestleZone.com is one of the leading online sources for professional wrestling news and information. Hundreds of thousands of avid wrestling fans frequent the site on a daily basis for the many features WrestleZone.com has to offer, including behind-the-scenes news, opinionated columns and polls.
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closed 8/7/2020 via BNC Analysis

MyGlamm, acquired POPxo

synopsis: MyGlamm, an Indian beauty brand, has acquired POPxo, India’s largest online community for millennial women to read, watch, shop and hangout. POPxo offers articles, videos and social media content in six languages. Their content covers fashion and beauty, weddings, sex, lifestyle, and entertainment.
buyer: MyGlamm
MyGlamm is an Indian beauty brand. MyGlamm sells a range of MyGlamm-branded beauty and make-up products such as body lotions, eye shadows, sheet masks, and lip colors. It retails the products both online and offline with over 2,000 point of sales across 50 cities in the country. "
target: POPxo
POPxo is India’s largest online community for millennial women to read, watch, shop and hangout. POPxo offers articles, videos and social media content in six languages. Their content covers fashion and beauty, weddings, sex, lifestyle, and entertainment.
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closed 1/31/2018 via GlobeNewswire

VIX, acquired Womensforum.com, Inc.

synopsis: VIX, a leading multicultural digital media company, announced it has purchased WomensForum.com, an online women’s lifestyle space, and a leader in driving measurable consumer actions through its custom content and shopping influencers.
buyer: VIX
VIX is a digital media company that creates positively curious content in order to entertain and add value to the life of millions of millennials every day. VIX publishes content across VIX.com and a variety of platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. "
target parent: H.I.G. Capital
target: Womensforum.com, Inc.
WomensForum.com is an online women’s lifestyle space, and a leader in driving measurable consumer actions through its custom content and shopping influencers.
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closed 12/16/2013 via BusinessWire

Viggle, acquired Wetpaint.com

synopsis: Viggle, the free mobile app that rewards entertainment loyalists for watching TV and listening to music, announced that it has acquired Wetpaint, a leading entertainment media and technology company focused on television fans.
buyer: Viggle (VGGL:$24.10)
Viggle provides a loyalty program for television that gives people real rewards for checking into the television shows they’re watching. It offers its program for mobile devices that automatically identifies what television shows its users are watching and awards them points when they check-in. "
target: Wetpaint.com
Wetpaint is a company that is revolutionizing media with its expertise in social publishing. The company attracts more than 12 million monthly unique users to its Wetpaint Entertainment media property, which offers audiences their daily fix of entertainment and celebrity news.
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closed 10/17/2012 via BusinessWire

H.I.G. Growth Partners, acquired Womensforum.com, Inc.

synopsis: H.I.G. Growth Partners has completed the acquisition of Womensforum.com, Inc. Womensforum.com is a top online destination and network of content for women, providing resources for its millions of unique monthly visitors.
buyer parent: H.I.G. Capital
buyer: H.I.G. Growth Partners
HIG Growth Partners is the dedicated growth capital investment affiliate of HIG Capital. They consider investments across all industries, but focus on certain sectors such as technology, internet and media, healthcare, consumer products and technology-enabled financial and business services. "
target: Womensforum.com, Inc.
Womensforum.com, Inc. operates as an online community for women, baby boomers, teens, and girls. It provides various information in categories such as recipes, health and wellness, parenting tips, home and garden, entertainment and culture, decorating ideas, pregnancy and baby and beauty trends.
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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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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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closed 1/22/2015 via PR Newswire

UPROXX, acquired Dime Magazine Publishing Company, Inc.

synopsis: UPROXX a unit of Woven Digital, the publisher of fast-growing pop culture news and entertainment sites, announced that it has acquired basketball news site Dime Magazine, an independent destination for NBA and college basketball news, videos, and stories about the culture of the game from sneakers to the moves of the biggest players in the League.
buyer parent: Woven Digital, LLC
buyer: UPROXX
UPROXX is a discussion driven entertainment news site and one of the largest destinations on the web for the young male consumer. UPROXX covers the culture of what's buzzing and delivers the best of web culture, film, TV, music, technology, and sports news on the internet. "
target: Dime Magazine Publishing Company, Inc.
Dime Magazine is basketball news site that also prints and publishes basketball magazines. Dime is the top independent destination for NBA and college basketball news, videos, and stories about the culture of the game from sneakers to the moves of the biggest players in the League.
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closed 4/17/2014 via PR Newswire

Woven Digital, LLC, acquired UPROXX

synopsis: Woven announced that it has acquired men's news and entertainment destination, UPROXX. UPROXX is a discussion driven entertainment news site and one of the largest destinations on the web for the young male consumer.
buyer: Woven Digital, LLC
Woven is home to the largest and most relevant male focused online news, entertainment, and lifestyle destinations. Woven produces and creates premium programming for the coveted and influential young male consumer and develops compelling branded content for the world's largest advertisers. "
target: UPROXX
UPROXX is a discussion driven entertainment news site and one of the largest destinations on the web for the young male consumer. UPROXX covers the culture of what's buzzing and delivers the best of web culture, film, TV, music, technology, and sports news on the internet.
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announced 3/23/2022 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, will acquire Qanawat Music

synopsis: Warner Music Group has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Qanawat Music, which operates as a music distributor across the Middle East and North Africa. Qanawat Music claims to be “the leading independent music distributor in the MENA region, with the largest Arabic Music Catalog worldwide”.
buyer: Warner Music Group (WMG:$5,301.00)
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: Qanawat Music
Qanawat Music operates as a music distributor across the Middle East and North Africa. Qanawat Music claims to be “the leading independent music distributor in the MENA region, with the largest Arabic Music Catalog worldwide”.
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closed 12/16/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Warner Music Group, acquired 300 Entertainment

synopsis: Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the acquisition of 300 Entertainment, one of the world’s most successful and influential independent music companies. 300’s artists include top-charting, multi-platinum stars such as Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Gunna, Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Mary J. Blige, and many others.
buyer: Warner Music Group (WMG:$5,301.00)
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: 300 Entertainment
300 Entertainment is one of the world’s most successful and influential independent music companies. 300’s artists include top-charting, multi-platinum stars such as Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Gunna, Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Mary J. Blige, and many others.
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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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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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closed 1/17/2018 via PR Newswire

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:$6,268.45)
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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closed 9/7/2017 via Company Press Release

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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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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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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 7/14/2017 via GlobeNewswire

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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. "
target parent: Vivendi SA
target: Parlophone Label Group
The Parlophone Label Group is comprised of the historic Parlophone label and Chrysalis and Ensign labels as well as EMI's recorded music operations in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden.
price ($mm)
$764
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$488
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$114
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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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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.
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$1,259 [$2,891]*
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$2,869
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announced 6/4/2022 via BNC Analysis

Symphonic Distribution, Inc., will acquire Higher Reign Music Group

synopsis: Tampa-based Symphonic Distribution has entered into a strategic merger with a Canadian music distribution firm, Higher Reign Music Distribution (HRMD). The HRMD executives will oversee Symphonic's operations in Canada, leading the business and building its team.
buyer: Symphonic Distribution, Inc.
Headquartered in sunny Tampa, Florida with footprints in major music markets across the USA and Worldwide (Africa, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Spain), Symphonic is one of the leading independent music distribution and marketing companies in the industry. "
target: Higher Reign Music Group
Higher Reign Music Group has become the new benchmark in the Canadian music industry as a dynamic and trending record company, regrouping a variety of hard-hitting record labels from different backgrounds, markets and genres under one unique and powerful banner.
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closed 12/16/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Warner Music Group, acquired 300 Entertainment

synopsis: Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the acquisition of 300 Entertainment, one of the world’s most successful and influential independent music companies. 300’s artists include top-charting, multi-platinum stars such as Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Gunna, Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Mary J. Blige, and many others.
buyer: Warner Music Group (WMG:$5,301.00)
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: 300 Entertainment
300 Entertainment is one of the world’s most successful and influential independent music companies. 300’s artists include top-charting, multi-platinum stars such as Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Gunna, Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Mary J. Blige, and many others.
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closed 11/29/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Believe, acquired Think Music, Inc.

synopsis: Believe, one of the world’s leading digital music companies, strengthens its leadership in the fast-growing Indian market with the acquisition of Think Music, one of the leading in South India based music labels.
buyer: Believe
Believe is one of the world’s leading digital music companies. Believe’s mission is to develop independent artists and labels in the digital world by providing them the solutions they need to grow their audience at each stage of their career and development. "
target: Think Music, Inc.
Think Music is a leading music label in the South India market, founded by Mr. Swaroop Reddy and Mr. Kiran Reddy, who have an extremely strong experience within the South Indian Media & Entertainment industry with deep routed relationships across the value chain.
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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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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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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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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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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. (RSVR:$94.30)
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 (WMG:$5,301.00)
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:$5,531.80)
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:$378,323.00)
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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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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