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Warner Music Acquires Leading Indie Label Zhara Music

on March 24, 2021 - 6:24am

Warner Music Group has today announced the acquisition of leading indie label Zhara Music, and the launch of the Russian division of its legendary Atlantic Records label.

Zhara Music, which was founded less than three years ago, has become a hugely significant player in the fast-growing Russian music industry. As a result of the deal, the label will be rebranded to continue its successful operations as Atlantic Records Russia, plugging into Warner Music’s global network.


Alfonso Perez-Soto Named President, Emerging Markets at Warner Recorded Music

on March 23, 2021 - 7:28am

Alfonso Perez-Soto has been named as President, Emerging Markets at Warner Recorded Music. In this role he will be reporting to Simon Robson, President, International at Warner Recorded Music.

Perez-Soto’s emerging markets brief covers Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, India and South Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. These markets are home to 3.2 billion people – some 40 per cent of the world’s population – who are increasingly able to access music through a range of digital services that are being monetised for artists and labels.

With around 60


Temi Adeniji to Assume Key Role for Warner Recorded Music in Africa

on March 22, 2021 - 7:24am

Temi Adeniji has been appointed to the combined role of Managing Director of Warner Music South Africa and SVP, Strategy, Sub-Saharan Africa. Adeniji will assume this position in September, reporting to Alfonso Perez-Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. In addition, as SVP of Special Projects, she’ll work closely with Simon Robson, President, International Recorded Music on a number of international projects.

The move comes as Warner Music continues to expand in Africa, building upon Adeniji’s work with Perez-Soto to develop the company’s presence in the region through


KRU Music Signs Collab Deal with Warner Music and ADA

on March 22, 2021 - 7:20am

Leading Malaysian indie label KRU Music has formed a strategic alliance with Warner Music and its independent artist and label service, ADA, to market and distribute its artists’ music across South East Asia and worldwide.

KRU Music is one of the most progressive and influential labels in South East Asia, and its parent company is also home to a leading music publisher and talent management agency. The label was founded in 1996 by the singer-songwriters from the band KRU and, at 25-years-old, it is the longest lasting and most successful artist-owned indie in Malaysia.

KRU Music has a


Warner Chappell Music France Signs a New Global Deal with Aya Nakamura

on January 4, 2021 - 11:20am

Multi-Platinum artist and songwriter Aya Nakamura, the biggest French breakthrough star of the last three years, has signed a new globally exclusive deal with Warner Chappell Music, three years after having signed her first agreement with the publisher in 2017.

She recently topped the French charts with ‘Plus Jamais feat Stormzy’, a single from her third studio album Aya, released by Rec 118/Warner Music France in November 2020. The album has already been certified Gold and also features the single ‘Jolie Nana’, which topped the French charts for four consecutive weeks – the longest run for