A decade ago, major labels forgoing middlemen to sell direct to fans would have led to a revolt from retailers. Now, with the ranks of retailers diminished and streaming the new normal, ringing every dollar out of fans is so essential that Warner Music has created a division to focus its D2F efforts.
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Universal Music Group has named veteran home entertainment executive Robert Ziegler as EVP of Global Physical Operations. Ziegler's portfolio at the label group includes oversight of the manufacturing and distribution of physical products including CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and vinyl LPs in 60 countries.
Recently, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association had its lecture videos taken down owing to their inclusion of brief clips of bluegrass music. Although the use of the music was clearly fair use, Sony initially demanded a fee for the use of the recordings, raising some alarming questions regarding copyfraud and the use of ContentID.
$130 million dollars. That's the total of the record deal that Sony has reportedly signed with Adele. You can't blame her for taking the cash, but is it a smart move for Sony at a time when artists like Chance The Rapper are proving that they don't need a record label to have a hit?