Ed Sheeran followers, it is time to rejoice. 13 months after launching in India, Spotify simply took one huge to erase its woes — the Sweden-headquartered music streaming service has renewed its international licensing partnership with Warner Music Group. Meaning Spotify customers in India will now have entry to a whole bunch of hours of music from Ed Sheeran and dozens of different lacking artists, together with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Madonna, Cardi B, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Paramore, Inexperienced Day, Twenty One Pilots, and Panic! on the Disco. It is a huge deal, because it lastly makes Spotify a worthwhile competitor in India.
The brand new settlement between Spotify and Warner Music Group follows the licensing settlement Spotify signed with WMG’s publishing division Warner Chappell again in January, which we predicted might pave the best way to deliver an finish to the deadlock. And now it has. Whereas that solely lined artists whose music had been printed by Warner Chappell, the brand new one with WMG covers any artist who has recorded music whereas being signed to considered one of its many report labels, from Atlantic Data (Ed Sheeran) to Parlophone (Coldplay). If the artist you have been in search of on Spotify in India is signed to WMG, their songs ought to now be out there on the platform.
Previous to this, Spotify — the world’s greatest subscription music streaming service with over 124 million paying members and 271 million month-to-month energetic customers — had been severely hampered in one of many world’s greatest and fastest-growing markets, India, regardless of having a number of benefits over its worldwide (Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music) and home (JioSaavn, Gaana, Wynk) opponents. Certain, Spotify nonetheless has to work on its native music tiff with Saregama, however with the WMG deal, it is now a music streaming service definitely worth the subscription cash in India.
In a joint ready assertion, the 2 newly-together events mentioned: “Spotify and Warner Music Group are happy to announce a renewed international licensing partnership. This expanded deal covers international locations the place Spotify is obtainable immediately, in addition to extra markets. The 2 firms sit up for collaborating on impactful international initiatives for Warner artists and songwriters, and dealing collectively to develop the music business over the long run.”
Spotify prices Rs. 59 (college students), Rs. 119 (people), or Rs. 179 (households as much as six accounts) per 30 days in India.
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