-The development of the music industry is massively linked to the development of technology. -Each of the ‘big four’ music industries consist of many smaller companies and labels serving different markets and regions. -The ‘big four’ represent as much as 70% of the worldwide market, the other small percentage is thousands of different independent labels. -Vertical integration is the idea that a company owns all stages of production, distribution and consumption. -Each of the ‘big four’ are conglomerate companies, this means that the company owns a controlling stake in a number of smaller companies, which conduct business separately. PRODUCTION – recording music DISTRIBUTION – promoting music and getting it into shops, on the radio and downloaded for payment CONSUMPTION – people buying CD’s, downloading music, paying for live concert tickets and purchasing related merchandise products.
-Warner music is the third largest out of the ‘big 4’, it is one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.
-They comprise an array of businesses aimed at helping artists achieve long-term creative and financial success while providing consumers with the highest-quality music content available.
Operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries.
They have a growing artist services business, which offers artist management, merchandising, touring, fan clubs, VIP ticketing, sponsorships and brand endorsements.
Their primary music publishing business (Warner/Chappell Music) is one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million songs from more than 65,000 songwriters.
ARTISTS: -Aerosmith -Bruno Mars -Michael Buble -Jason Derulo -Flo Rida -Green Day -Linkin Park -Oasis -Plan B -B.O.B -Cee Lo Green -Alesha Dixon RECORD LABELS: -East West Records -Rykodisc -Cordless Recordings -Atlantic -Elektra -Roadrunner
-EMI is a British World’s leading music companie, they bring artists and fans together to create value wherever music is experienced. -EMI Music has agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute their music across the globe, covering a huge variety of digital music business models and ideas. -Their headquarters are based in London. -They provide a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models, including digital and physical distribution, sales, press and promotion, marketing, licensing, synch, brand partnerships, live recordings and merchandising. -They have a major publishing arm, EMI music publishing. -Through their network of licenses and their own company, they are able to serve their artists, consumer and partners all over the world.
ARTISTS: -Lily Allen -The Beatles -Coldplay -David Guetta -Kylie Minogue -Katy Perry -Tinie Tempah -Professor Green -Robbie Wiliams RECORD LABELS: -Blue Note -Capitol -Imperial -Priority -Caroline -Virgin Records