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Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper told analysts the music label will share around $126 million in proceeds with its artists as part of the label’s latest royalty payments. Warner Music in May said it had sold around 75 percent of its Spotify stock for $400 million in proceeds, and in its latest earnings call confirmed the sale of the rest of its stake.
Cooper told analysts the sale of the Spotify stock did not reduce his enthusiasm for the music streaming business as it continues to grow.
“While Apple and Spotify continue to grow their global subscriber numbers, Amazon and YouTube are both off to a great start with their premium services. This increased competition is good news for our business, and we’re happy to see other large tech companies, such as Facebook, begin to recognize the true value that music brings to their platforms,” he said.
With 180 million ad-supported active monthly users in its stable, Spotify is now larger than rival Apple Music. The Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming service, which is run by founder and CEO Daniel Ek, recently went public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Japan’s Sony earlier realized a gain of $768 million from selling off most of its own stake in Spotify, which leaves Universal Music Group as the last remaining major label with a sizable holding in the music streamer.
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