Spotify Signs Renews Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

A smartphone with a headset with Spotify logo are seen in front of a displayed Warner Music logo in this illustration picture taken July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Spotify renewed its licensing deal with Warner Music Group, giving the streaming service agreements with all three major record companies that pave the way for it to go public.

Negotiating for months after Universal Music Group renewed its Spotify contract in April, and for more than a month after Sony Music Entertainment signed its own deal in July, industry sources say Warner likely won some concessions to degrees that its competitors didn’t, though the broad terms – including the ability to put music on Spotify’s paid service for two weeks before its free tier – are likely similar.

WMG declined to comment on the deal terms, but announced the renewed partnership on social media.

“It’s taken us a while to get here, but it’s been worth it, as we’ve arrived at a balanced set of future-focused deal terms,” Ole Obermann, WMG’s chief digital officer, said in a statement. “Together with Spotify, we’ve found inventive ways to reinforce the value of music, create additional benefits for artists, and excite their fans all over the world. Even with the current pace of growth, there’s still so much potential for music subscription to reach new audiences and territories.”

Spotify also declined to comment on the details but said in a statement that its “partnership with Warner Music Group will help grow the new music economy where millions of artists can instantly connect with fans, and millions of fans can instantly connect with artists.”

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SOURCE: Billboard, Hannah Karp