Updated: April 2, 2020 7:41:30 pm
There is good news if you are a fan of Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran or Beyonce. Spotify and Warner Media Group have renewed their global partnership, allowing the music label’s music will be available on the streaming giant’s platform.
In a joint statement, the two companies said, “Spotify and Warner Music Group are pleased to announce a renewed global licensing partnership. This expanded deal covers countries where Spotify is available today, as well as additional markets. The two companies look forward to collaborating on impactful global initiatives for Warner artists and songwriters, and working together to grow the music industry over the long term.”
Warner Chappell, a publishing firm under Warner Music, originally filed an injunction in the Bombay High Court a mere days before Spotify was set to launch in India. The licensing deal with Warner Music Group’s music publishing arm Warner Chappell in India will put an end to the year-long legal battle. Warner Music is one of the largest music labels, while Spotify is the top music streaming platform.
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With the new agreement, users can finally listen to music from Kety Perry, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Beyonce, Led Zepellin and Ed Sheeran on Spotify in India. The lack of songs from these popular artists had put Spotify in a major disadvantage against rival streaming music apps like Apple Music, Gaana and JioSaavn, among others.
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India, being one of the largest entertainment markets, is critical for Spotify growth. The agreement with Warner Music Group should help Spotify gain some ground in the lucrative market. Spotify has not disclosed its India numbers yet.
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