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Warner Music Group Strikes Innovative Deal with Nigeria’s Leading Label Chocolate City

on March 28, 2019 - 11:58am

Partnership Creates New Opportunities for African Talent Around the World, as well as for Global Superstars in Africa

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced a pioneering partnership with Chocolate City, the most influential independent record label in Nigeria. The partnership will dramatically grow the reach of African artists around the world, and will create new opportunities for global superstars in the region. Chocolate City will continue to be led by Co-Founders Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo, and EVP of Imprints, Jude Abaga, and Aibee Abidoye, EVP of Recorded Music.

Chocolate City is home


Ben Larsen Named SVP, International Marketing for Warner Bros. Records

on March 25, 2019 - 12:02pm

Admired Global Exec Upped to Department Head


Ben Larsen has been promoted to Senior Vice President, International Marketing for Warner Bros. Records (WBR), based at the label’s Los Angeles headquarters. Larsen, who was most recently WBR’s VP of International Marketing, joined the Warner Music family in London in 2009 before moving to L.A. three years ago. In his new post, Larsen now heads the International Marketing team and reports to WBR Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson.


In making the announcement, Corson said: “Since coming on board at WBR, I have been continually impressed by Ben’s deep


An Open Letter to Songwriters from Carianne Marshall

on March 15, 2019 - 12:45pm


You may have heard about the tech companies’ appeal of a recent CRB ruling, and we wanted to make sure you were clear on our stance on this crucial issue.

Last year, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) granted an increase of the compulsory mechanical rates paid to songwriters - from 10.5% to 15.1% over the next five years. The decision came after rigorous consultation with many parties, including a wide range of tech companies, as well as songwriters and music publishers. There were strong arguments made on both sides, and the resulting rate increase was fair as well as overdue.

That is


Africa’s Boomplay Announces Licensing Deal With Warner Music

on March 15, 2019 - 12:00am

Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music to the region.


The terms of the partnership allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s extensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in ten countries; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.


The deal will provide Warner Music’s artists with direct access and exposure to Boomplay’s millions of users in the region,


Warner Classics’ Joyce DiDonato To Be Honored at Annual Harmony Program Spring Gala

on March 12, 2019 - 2:59pm

Grammy Award-Winning Artist & Music Education Advocate to Perform at March 14 Event


Warner Classics artist and Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano and music education advocate, Joyce DiDonato, will be honored at the Harmony Program’s annual Spring Gala this Thursday, March 14, at the Tribeca Rooftop at 2 Desbrosses Street in New York. The Harmony Program, which brings together young musicians from under-served communities across New York City and prominent artists passionate about music education, will award DiDonato for her support of the development of young musicians and her commitment to