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closed 3/2/2011 via BNC Analysis

Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc., acquired TimeWarp Technologies, Ltd.

synopsis: Zenph Sound Innovations, announced it has acquired TimeWarp Technologies, a leader in the field of intelligent, interactive music software. The acquisition combines Zenph’s revolutionary, data-driven process for understanding musical performance with TimeWarp’s strong product portfolio.
buyer: Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc.
Zenph® Sound Innovations is a music technology company based in Durham, North Carolina. Zenph produces incredibly rich, highly detailed data that is transformed into dazzling new recordings and live re-performances®. "
target: TimeWarp Technologies, Ltd.
TimeWarp Technologies is a music software company that specializes in intelligent, interactive tools for music students, teachers, hobbyists, and professionals.
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announced 7/19/2017 via BNC Analysis

iRiver Limited, will acquire Everysing

synopsis: iRiver, SK Telecom’s music streaming device maker, will merge with SM’s mobile content producing subsidiary, SM Mobile Communications. SM Mobile Communications produces Everysing, an app that lets users record the karaoke songs they sing and share them with friends. Both companies are based in South Korea.
buyer parent: SK Telecom
buyer: iRiver Limited (KOSDAQ:A060570:$45.84)
iRiver, based in South Korea, is SK Telecom’s music streaming device maker. "
target parent: S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd.
target: Everysing
Everysing (SM Mobile Communications Co., Ltd), based in South Korea, is an app that lets users record the karaoke songs they sing, share them with friends and be a star.
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$20
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announced 3/6/2014 via Company Press Release

Spotify Ltd, will acquire The Echo Nest

synopsis: Spotify, a digital music service, announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest, the industry’s leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music fans.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify Limited provides a digital music service that gives on-demand access to songs on phones, computers, tablets, and more. It allows users to discover, manage, and share music with friends; and browse through various music collections as well as create a radio station. "
target: The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest is the industry’s leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music fans. Their customer base reaches over 100 million music fans every month through more than 400 apps and sites powered by The Echo Nest.
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closed 6/5/2012 via PR Newswire

Star Entertainment Group, acquired Tranzistor Systems

synopsis: Star Entertainment Group, Inc. announced the acquisition of Tranzistor Systems Inc., a company engaged in mobile music entertainment products and services including internet radio, fan applications, and eCommerce products.
buyer: Star Entertainment Group
Star Entertainment Group, Inc. is an independent investment, management, and holding company focusing on new media and digital content, delivery and monetization of multi-dimensional Online Customer Communities. "
target: Tranzistor Systems
Tranzistor Systems is a consumer technologies company developed to address the independent music, social media and entertainment markets and is a home for artists, bands, fans and indie labels to cross-pollinate and create multiple revenue streams.
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closed 12/1/2011 via Market Wire

Smule, Inc., acquired Khush, Inc.

synopsis: Smule, creator of top-ranking social music making apps including Magic Piano™, Ocarina, I Am™ T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, and MadPad™, announced that it has acquired Khush, an intelligent music app developer and creator of popular apps, Songify and LaDiDa™. Smule and Khush are leading innovators in the rapidly growing market for mobile entertainment.
buyer: Smule, Inc.
Smule's mission is to connect the world through music. Co-founded in 2008, Smule is the creator of top-ranking social music making apps including Magic Piano™, Ocarina, I Am™ T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, and MadPad™. "
target: Khush, Inc.
Khush develops intelligent music applications. Using cutting-edge artificial intelligence, Khush has created the popular apps Songify and LaDiDa™, which have helped millions of bad singers worldwide express themselves through music.
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closed 3/1/2011 via BusinessWire

Clear Channel Communications, Inc., acquired Thumbplay, Inc.

synopsis: Clear Channel Radio, the country’s leading digital and terrestrial radio company, has announced an agreement with digital music company Thumbplay, Inc. to acquire its leading-edge cloud-based music service, platform and team of mobile technology, product and marketing experts.
buyer parent: CC Media Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
Clear Channel Communications is a global media and entertainment company specializing in mobile and on-demand entertainment and information services for local communities and premiere opportunities for advertisers. "
target: Thumbplay, Inc.
Thumbplay, Inc. is the leading mobile entertainment provider in the U.S. The company's Thumbplay Music is a cloud-based, streaming music service for smartphones and PCs/Macs. Thumbplay.com features licensed music, video and games from some of the world's largest entertainment companies.
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closed 4/8/2019 via Company Press Release

Propellerhead, acquired Figure

synopsis: Propellerhead Software, headquartered in Sweden and renowned for its musician-centric approach to creating innovative music software applications, announced the acquisition of Figure and Take, Swedish music apps that enable users to create addictive beats and record original song ideas.
buyer: Propellerhead
Headquartered in Sweden and renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead creates innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards. Musicians, producers and the media have praised their applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of impeccable quality."
target: Figure
Figure and Take are Swedish music apps. Figure enables users to create a beat in no time by providing drums, bass and lead synths–all on a mobile app. Take is a vocal recorder that lets users capture musical ideas–anytime, anywhere. With a single tap, users can record, write and try out song ideas.
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closed 9/18/2017 via BNC Analysis

Roku, Inc., acquired Dynastrom ApS

synopsis: Roku, a manufacturer of digital media players that allow users to access streamed video or audio services through their TVs, has acquired Dynastrom, a provider of a software solution for Multi-Room Audio Experiences that works flawlessly over standard WIFI. Dynastrom's solution gives users the freedom of choice of speakers and music experiences.
buyer: Roku, Inc. (ROKU:$993.43)
Roku, Inc. is the number one TV streaming platform in the United States. Roku manufactures a variety of digital media players that allow users to access Internet streamed video or audio services through their televisions, including subscription-based services. "
target: Dynastrom ApS
Dynastrom supplies a software solution for Multi-Room Audio Experiences that works flawlessly over WIFI. The solution features an open API for music services to connect to the home audio network directly through their own app. It gives users the freedom of choice of speakers and music experiences.
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closed 5/10/2017 via BNC Analysis

Stingray Digital Media Group, acquired Yokee Music Ltd

synopsis: Stingray Digital Group Inc., a leading business-to-business multi-platform music provider, announced that it has acquired Israel-based Yokee Music LTD, creator of the Yokee app. Yokee enables users to search for songs on YouTube; sing, record, and share their version of their favorite songs; and listen to their friends’ performances.
buyer: Stingray Digital Media Group (TSX:RAY.A:$222.24)
Stingray is a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale. Geared towards individuals and businesses alike, Stingray's products include: Stingray Music, Stingray Concerts, Stingray Brava, Stingray Ambiance and Stingray Karaoke. "
target: Yokee Music Ltd
Yokee Music is the creator of Yokee, an app that turns iPhones into karaoke microphones. Their platform enables mobile users to search for songs from the unlimited catalog of videos on YouTube; sing, record, and share their version of their favorite songs; and listen to their friends’ performances.
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closed 1/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

DMM.com LTD, acquired nana music, Inc.

synopsis: DMM.com announced that it acquired the stock of nana music, which develops and operates a music application "nana", and made it a subsidiary. Under the philosophy of "Connecting the world with music”, nana music allows you to enjoy music sessions/collaborations from anywhere in the world with just one smartphone.
buyer: DMM.com LTD
DMM.com is one of the biggest e-commerce site in Japan since 1998. DMM.com Group provides a wide variety of web services to customers, including online service such as VOD, live streaming, eBooks, PC game, on-line games, DVD rental, DVD selling, apps and more! "
target: nana music, Inc.
Under the philosophy of "Connecting the world with music", nana music develops and operates a music application "nana" that allows you to enjoy music sessions / collaborations from anywhere in the world with just one smartphone.
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closed 9/1/2016 via BusinessWire

ROLI, acquired FXpansion

synopsis: ROLI, a design-led music technology company, has acquired FXpansion, one of the world's leading developers of audio instruments and effects for software platforms, winning numerous awards and inspiring a devoted userbase.
buyer: ROLI
ROLI is a design-led music technology company based in Dalston, London. ROLI makes hardware and software products designed to increase the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology. "
target: FXpansion
FXpansion is one of the world's leading developers of audio instruments and effects for software platforms, winning numerous awards and inspiring a devoted userbase. Its mission is to push the boundaries of audio software, introducing fresh and innovative new ideas that are musically useful.
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closed 1/20/2016 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Soundwave

synopsis: Spotify, a digital music service, has acquired Soundwave, a mobile music-discovery startup founded in 2012. Soundwave tracks what songs people are listening to on their smartphones and where in real time.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify brings the right music for every moment – on computers, mobiles, tablets, home entertainment systems, cars, gaming consoles and more. Create and listen to playlists for free or subscribe to Premium for on-demand access at the highest audio quality – with zero ads. "
target: Soundwave
Soundwave is a mobile music-discovery startup founded in 2012. Soundwave tracks what songs people are listening to on their smartphones and where in real time.
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closed 2/25/2014 via PR Web

Hal Leonard Corporation, acquired Noteflight

synopsis: Hal Leonard Corporation has acquired 100% ownership of Boston-based Noteflight, LLC, a fast-growing online community of nearly a million music makers. Founded in 2008, Noteflight operates a website where musicians, composers, songwriters, arrangers, teachers and students can create, edit and share music scores in the cloud, instantly and easily.
buyer: Hal Leonard Corporation
Hal Leonard Corporation is the world leader in the music print industry. The company produces sheet music, songbooks, and method book/CD packs for all instruments, band and choral arrangements, reference books, instructional DVDs and videos, CD-ROMs, music software, and children's music products. "
target: Noteflight
Noteflight allows users to edit, display, play back and share music notation in a web browser, on any device. Noteflight has an active online community of over 950,000 music enthusiasts. Its website hosts millions of user-created musical scores, both public and private.
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closed 6/8/2012 via PR Newswire

Tranzistor Systems, acquired NINJ GmBH

synopsis: Star Entertainment Group, Inc. announced the closing of the acquisition with NINJ GmBH by Tranzistor Systems Inc. NINJ is a pioneer in developing ground breaking mobile technology. Their VirtualRadio product has established a market leading position in the fast growing segment of Internet based Radio Software and Services for mobile phones.
buyer parent: Star Entertainment Group
buyer: Tranzistor Systems
Tranzistor Systems is a consumer technologies company developed to address the independent music, social media and entertainment markets and is a home for artists, bands, fans and indie labels to cross-pollinate and create multiple revenue streams. "
target: NINJ GmBH
NINJ is engaged in creating internet radio players and the management of VRadio.org. NINJ also develops custom made games and applications for mobile phones. From Operators to Aggregators and Advertising Agencies, NINJ works for Publishers of all kinds.
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closed 5/30/2012 via BNC Analysis

Apple, Inc., acquired Redmatica

synopsis: Apple has purchased Redmatica. Redmatica specializes in building and selling digital music-editing software. The company has four products, including tools for sampling, editing, and library management, all of which are designed to run on Apple's Mac OS X. Its main product is KeyMap Pro, an editor for sampled instruments.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$273,857.00)
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 70s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 80s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. "
target: Redmatica
Redmatica specializes in building and selling digital music-editing software. The company has four products, including tools for sampling, editing, and library management, all of which are designed to run on Apple's Mac OS X. Its main product is KeyMap Pro, an editor for sampled instruments.
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closed 6/15/2011 via BusinessWire

Shazam Entertainment Ltd, acquired Tunezee

synopsis: Shazam Entertainment, the world’s leading mobile discovery company, announced its first corporate acquisition with the purchase of synchronized lyric technology from Tunezee, a Silicon Valley-based company. As a part of the announcement, Shazam is immediately launching Shazam LyricPlay, a new feature in the Encore premium App.
buyer: Shazam Entertainment Ltd
Shazam Entertainment Ltd provides mobile music discovery services. It offers music recognition technology that enables consumers to experience and share music with others across mobile devices and Internet. The company offers ShazamiD to discover new music using a mobile device. "
target: Tunezee
Tunezee, a Silicon Valley-based company, has developed technology that automatically synchronizes lyrics with a music source.
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closed 10/17/2017 via BusinessWire

VNUE, Inc., acquired Set.fm

synopsis: VNUE Inc., the leader in recording live events and releasing experiential content to fans, has announced the acquisition of Set.fm from PledgeMusic. Set.fm is a DIY platform that makes it easy for artists to record and sell their live shows directly to fans’ mobile devices, uploading simultaneously to their performance.
buyer: VNUE, Inc. (OTCPK:VNUE:$0.04)
VNUE, Inc., is a music technology company dedicated to further monetizing the live music experience for artists, labels, writers, publishers, and stakeholders by leveraging automation technology in the instant live space. VNUE has a trifecta of solutions that will revolutionize the music business. "
target parent: PledgeMusic
target: Set.fm
Set.fm is a DIY platform that makes it easy for artists to record and sell their live shows directly to fans’ mobile devices, uploading simultaneously to their performance. The platform, which also features an innovative and easy-to-use studio app, boasts thousands of artists and fans using it.
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announced 3/8/2016 via PR Newswire

PledgeMusic, will acquire Set.fm

synopsis: PledgeMusic, the leading global next generation direct-to-fan e-commerce platform, announced that it will acquire Set.fm. Set.fm is an online platform and application suite that makes it easy to capture, share and sell high quality audio recordings of live performances in real-time.
buyer: PledgeMusic
PledgeMusic is a global next generation music company and direct-to-fan e-commerce platform dedicated to enabling artists to build community, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. "
target: Set.fm
Set.fm is an online platform and application suite that makes it easy to capture, share and sell high quality audio recordings of live performances in real-time; enabling performers to amplify their social reach and activate incremental touring revenue streams.
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closed 9/12/2013 via GlobeNewswire

Innovative Software Technologies, Inc., acquired Live Riot, Inc.

synopsis: Innovative Software Technologies, Inc. announces the acquisition of Live Riot, Inc., a Los Angeles-based technology company. LiveRiotTM application for iPhones, enables music lovers to video record artists at venues and festivals and then automatically synchronize those recordings with top quality sound from the event.
buyer: Innovative Software Technologies, Inc. (INIV:$0.36)
Innovative Software Technologies, Inc., a development stage company, provides business continuity products and services to the small and medium enterprise market. The company’s business continuity products and services provide disaster recovery solutions for electronic data backup. "
target: Live Riot, Inc.
Live Riot is a Los Angeles based technology company. Live Riot has developed patent pending technology embedded in its LiveRiotTM application for iPhones. It enables users to video record artists at venues and then automatically synchronize those recordings with top quality sound from the event.
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closed 3/30/2016 via PR Web

WbSrch, acquired Snagr.io

synopsis: WbSrch, a general-purpose search engine based in Portland, OR, has purchased the music search engine Snagr.io and has rebranded it as MusicSrch.com. Snagr.io searches a selection of popular social media and music sites such as Spotify, Tidal, Musicbrainz, and Twitter for the online presences of a band, DJ, or musician.
buyer: WbSrch
WbSrch is an general-purpose web search engine with indexes in more than 30 languages. It currently has a small crawl index that is being used to refine its search algorithms. "
target: Snagr.io
SNAGR is music artists search engine. It searches on 12+ different streaming, video, and music sites for artists. Sites are searched in parallel and results are on-the-fly combined, ranked and sorted to give user readable and an understandable overview.
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closed 3/2/2011 via BNC Analysis

Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc., acquired TimeWarp Technologies, Ltd.

synopsis: Zenph Sound Innovations, announced it has acquired TimeWarp Technologies, a leader in the field of intelligent, interactive music software. The acquisition combines Zenph’s revolutionary, data-driven process for understanding musical performance with TimeWarp’s strong product portfolio.
buyer: Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc.
Zenph® Sound Innovations is a music technology company based in Durham, North Carolina. Zenph produces incredibly rich, highly detailed data that is transformed into dazzling new recordings and live re-performances®. "
target: TimeWarp Technologies, Ltd.
TimeWarp Technologies is a music software company that specializes in intelligent, interactive tools for music students, teachers, hobbyists, and professionals.
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closed 3/2/2011 via BNC Analysis

Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc., acquired TimeWarp Technologies, Ltd.

synopsis: Zenph Sound Innovations, announced it has acquired TimeWarp Technologies, a leader in the field of intelligent, interactive music software. The acquisition combines Zenph’s revolutionary, data-driven process for understanding musical performance with TimeWarp’s strong product portfolio.
buyer: Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc.
Zenph® Sound Innovations is a music technology company based in Durham, North Carolina. Zenph produces incredibly rich, highly detailed data that is transformed into dazzling new recordings and live re-performances®. "
target: TimeWarp Technologies, Ltd.
TimeWarp Technologies is a music software company that specializes in intelligent, interactive tools for music students, teachers, hobbyists, and professionals.
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announced 5/27/2020 via PR Newswire

Intercept Music, Inc., will acquire Art is War Records

synopsis: Sanwire Corporation, and its wholly owned subsidiary Intercept Music, Inc., is to acquire Art is War Records, a record label with distribution, marketing, and sales services. Focused on independent artists, AIW Records offers the expertise, infrastructure, and scalability of a big label, delivered with personal attention and support.
buyer parent: Sanwire Corporation
buyer: Intercept Music, Inc.
Intercept is an online platform allowing musicians to upload and distribute their music and collect royalties from over 100 retailers. The software automatically promotes the artists' entire business, including their music, merchandise, and performances in social media, playlists, and online radio. "
target: Art is War Records
Art is War Records is a record label with distribution, marketing, and sales services. Focused on independent artists, AIW Records offers the expertise, infrastructure, and scalability of a big label, delivered with personal attention and support.
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closed 3/25/2020 via BNC Analysis

Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd, acquired Gallo Record Company

synopsis: Tiso Blackstar Group, the former publisher of the Business Day and Sunday Times, says it has sold its entire stake in Gallo Music for R75m to Lebashe Investment Group’s Arena Holdings. Gallo Record Company is the largest and oldest independent record label in South Africa.
buyer parent: The Lebashe Investment Group
buyer: Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Arena Holdings is one of Africa’s largest English-language news publishers in print (titles include Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, The Herald, Sowetan and Daily Dispatch) and online (titles include TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE, BusinessLIVE, DispatchLIVE, HeraldLIVE and Vrye Weekblad). "
target parent: Tiso Blackstar Group
target: Gallo Record Company
Gallo Record Company is the largest and oldest independent record label in South Africa. It is based in Johannesburg. Gallo Record Company has been in operation since 1926 and signs, promotes and assists artists to promote their music across Africa and internationally.
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closed 2/26/2020 via BNC Analysis

Valiant Eagle, Inc., acquired Franchise X Entertainment

synopsis: Valiant Eagle Inc., a corporation focused on the energizing of entertainment in television, the Internet, and social media, has acquired Franchise X Entertainment LLC, a full-service record label and artist management company based out of Los Angeles, CA.
buyer: Valiant Eagle, Inc. (OTCPK:PSRU.D:$0.02)
Valiant Eagle, Inc. is a corporation focused on the energizing of entertainment in television, the Internet, and social media. VE aims to achieve advances in those media through content featuring Music, Sports, Entertainment, and, with respect to the millennial generation, through Technology. "
target: Franchise X Entertainment
Franchise X Entertainment LLC operates as a record label and artist management company. The company is based in Los Angeles, California.
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announced 8/29/2019 via BNC Analysis

Reservoir Media Management, Inc., will acquire Blue Raincoat Music

synopsis: Reservoir Media Management, an independent music company, has struck a deal to bring UK-based music company Blue Raincoat Music and its subsidiary Chrysalis Records into its portfolio of offerings. Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, based in London, New York and Los Angeles.
buyer: Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Reservoir Media Management is an independent music company based in NYC. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, the company has grown to represent over 110,000 copyrights and 26,000 master recordings with titles dating as far back as the 1920s, and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. "
target: Blue Raincoat Music
Established in 2014 Blue Raincoat Music is an artist management company, music publishing company and record label, based in London, New York and Los Angeles. They are also home to a standalone operating record label that houses the Chrysalis Records catalog.
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closed 7/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired Forza Music

synopsis: Forza Music, the Slovakian entertainment company founded in 1994 that’s home to music from the region released over four decades going back to the 1960s, has been acquired by Warner Music Group. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: Forza Music
Forza Music is a prominent Slovakian entertainment company. Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia. OPUS was privatized in 1990 and has been owned by Forza for the last 15 or so years.
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announced 6/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Carlyle Group, Ithaca Holdings LLC, will acquire Big Machine Label Group

synopsis: Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings has agreed to acquire Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in a blockbuster deal backed by the Carlyle Group. Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group is a record label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, and more.
buyer: Carlyle Group (CG:$1,544.30)
buyer: Ithaca Holdings LLC
Ithaca Holdings is a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun. SB Projects is a diversified entertainment and media company. The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles. "
target: Big Machine Label Group
Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group is a record label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records and publishing company Big Machine Music.
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closed 1/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Naxos Digital Services Ltd., acquired ARC Music Productions International Limited

synopsis: Naxos Music Group, the world's leading classical music label, has acquired ARC Music Productions International, a UK-based record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. ARC Music offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world.
buyer: Naxos Digital Services Ltd.
Established in 1987, Naxos is the world's leading classical music label. Naxos offers over 11,000 titles that are available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of-the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. "
target: ARC Music Productions International Limited
ARC Music is a UK-based record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. ARC Music offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world. Their unrivalled repertoire comprises hundreds upon hundreds of albums from over 120 countries.
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closed 12/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Apple, Inc., acquired Platoon

synopsis: Apple is building up its music business with an acquisition of a small tech startup that helps discover and develop emerging musical artists. Apple confirmed it purchased Platoon, a company that helps independent artists fund, distribute, and market their content.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$273,857.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Platoon
Platoon helps discover the very best emerging talent (musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, designers) and provides them with the platform to create, distribute and commercialize exceptional creative work. They are based in London, UK.
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closed 10/15/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired World Circuit Limited

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading world music label, World Circuit Records, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: World Circuit Limited
World Circuit Records is a leading world music label, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
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closed 8/8/2018 via Company Press Release

Concord Music, acquired Independiente Ltd

synopsis: Concord Music is proud to announce its acquisition of London-based record label Independiente Ltd. Formed in 1997, Independiente was founded by well-respected industry veteran, Andy Macdonald. Independiente is home to artists such as Travis, Embrace, So Solid Crew, Archive, Martina Topley-Bird and Paul Weller, among many others.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Independiente Ltd
Independiente is a huge hit UK-based record label company formed in 1997 by Andy Macdonald, an industry veteran. Their label's roster includes Travis, Embrace, So Solid Crew, Archive, Martina Topley-Bird, Paul Weller and more.
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closed 8/1/2018 via Company Press Release

BMG Production Music, acquired Deep East Music

synopsis: BMG Production Music has acquired the influential independent UK production music company Deep East Music. Deep East Music was started in London in 2007 by entrepreneurs Ciaran McNeaney and Alex Marchant.  Over the past 10 years Deep East has grown rapidly to become one of the most highly-regarded production music companies in the world.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Production Music
BMG Production Music specializes in providing music and sound effects for radio and television, for advertising agencies and audiovisual companies. BMG Production Music has custom scoring studios in LA and London and global creative teams for music searching and project supervision. "
target: Deep East Music
Deep East Music is an influential independent UK production music company. Unlike many production music labels who simply curate, Deep East creates its music from scratch in its own studios, informed by its worldwide client network.
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closed 6/7/2018 via BNC Analysis

AWAL UK Limited, acquired in2une Music

synopsis: AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, has acquired radio promotion and music marketing firm, in2une Music. In2une provides label services for independent labels, publishing companies and artists. They have an unparalleled track record in radio promotion and has had multiple client successes.
buyer parent: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
buyer: AWAL UK Limited
Based in the UK, AWAL Limited offers artists music services without having to give up flexibility, ownership or control. With offices around the world, AWAL's services include global distribution, marketing and release management, A&R, funding, playlist promotion, and much more. "
target: in2une Music
In2une Music is a music coalition providing label services for independent labels, publishing companies and artists. They are a “one-stop shop” that has the tools and experience of a major label. They offer a portfolio of services for developing, launching, executing, and sustaining music marketing.
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closed 4/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired Big Bang & Fuzz

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading Asia-Pacific production music house Big Bang & Fuzz to further expand its fast-growing BMG Production Music business unit. Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: Big Bang & Fuzz
Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region. The company focuses on sub-publishing premium international catalogues. Big Bang & Fuzz was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 1998.
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closed 2/7/2018 via Company Press Release

Concord Music Group, acquired Varese Sarabande Records

synopsis: Concord Music announced that it has acquired Varèse Sarabande, from Film Score Records, an investor group led and managed by The Cutting Edge Group. Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target parent: Cutting Edge Group
target: Varese Sarabande Records
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers.
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closed 1/17/2018 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music Group, acquired Razor & Tie

synopsis: Concord Music has fully acquired the Razor & Tie record label. The deal includes Razor & Tie's label, publishing division, popular Kidz Bop brand and Washington Square Records alternative imprint. Razor & Tie was founded in 1990 and has become one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target: Razor & Tie
With over 40 million units sold, over 20 years in business and multiple Grammy Awards, Razor & Tie is one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
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closed 12/20/2017 via Company Press Release

Universal Music Group, Inc., purchased Stiff Records, ZTT and Perfect Songs from SPZ Group

synopsis: Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced the acquisition of Stiff Records, ZTT and Perfect Songs music publishing from SPZ Group. Stiff and ZTT are two of the most influential and iconic British record labels of the last forty years. Perfect Songs is home to a varied catalog of songs including Seal.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Universal Music Group, Inc.
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. "
seller: SPZ Group
Stiff and ZTT are two of the most influential and iconic British record labels of the last forty years. Perfect Songs is home to a varied catalog of songs including Seal, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise, Olly Murs, Little Mix, Rudimental and more.
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announced 11/8/2017 via BNC Analysis

Compass Records Group, Inc., will acquire Red House Records, Inc.

synopsis: Compass Records Group is acquiring Red House Records. Red House Records is a music label company that is home to some of the finest acoustic performers in the world. Established in 1983, Red House has received indie music awards, numerous GRAMMY nominations and a GRAMMY award for Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s album, South Coast, in 1995.
buyer: Compass Records Group, Inc.
Compass Records is a music publisher that has over 600 titles in its catalog. Compass’ latest signings include NYC indie darling Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth and the Catapult) and rising bluegrass/Americana star Molly Tuttle. "
target: Red House Records, Inc.
Red House Records is a music label company that is home to some of the finest acoustic performers in the world. Whether interested in singer/songwriters, blues, traditional folk, or instrumental music, Red House artists are players, singers and songwriters that make a difference in people's lives.
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closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Because Music, purchased Warner Music 90 from Warner Music Group

synopsis: The Because Group has acquired Warner Music 90, which encompasses the majority of the catalogue formerly known as London Records, from Warner Music Group. Warner Music 90, which will be renamed London Music Stream, is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Orbital and other important catalogues.
buyer: Because Music
The Because Group is active in music production, music publishing, touring and venues. It is one of the leading independent music groups in Europe with artists such as Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Major Lazer, Justice, Django Django and Charlotte Gainsbourg. "
seller: Warner Music Group
Warner Music 90 is home to the majority of former London Records artists, including Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Fine Young Cannibals, Orbital, Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat, East 17, Goldie, Shakespears Sister and over 50 other important catalogues.
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closed 1/30/2017 via Company Press Release

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired BBR Music Group

synopsis: The new BMG has announced that it has acquired Nashville-based independent powerhouse BBR Music Group, including its associated labels Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Wheelhouse Records, Red Bow Records and its music publishing company Magic Mustang Music.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: BBR Music Group
BBR Music Group is a Nashville-based independent music label and publisher powerhouse, which includes its associated labels Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Wheelhouse Records, Red Bow Records and its music publishing company Magic Mustang Music.
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closed 8/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

Believe Digital, acquired Naïve

synopsis: Paris-based global digital music company Believe Digital has acquired the assets of French indie label Naïve, adding to its fold a significant jazz and classical catalogue as well as some contemporary acts such as Jeanne Added, M83 and Benjamin Biolay.
buyer: Believe Digital
Believe Digital is the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists & labels worldwide. The company has over 250 employees worldwide with offices in France, The UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa. "
target: Naïve
Naïve is a French independent record label based in Paris, specializing in electronic music, pop music, jazz and classical music. It was founded in 1997 by Patrick Zelnik, Gilles Paires and Eric Tong Cuong.
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