Spotify has now closed EMI in the US, a licensing march that now leaves WMG and UMG remaining.
The Wall Street Journal got the tip-off, and an official announcement may be forthcoming. Sony Music Entertainment is already sealed.
Meanwhile, Warner Music Group chief Edgar Bronfman, Jr. – a longtime skeptic of the service – has softened somewhat. In a recent earnings call, Bronfman cited Spotify revenues as “meaningful” but not exactly “significant,” perhaps an indicator of licensing interest. But let’s see how that plays out.
What else? In the backdrop, Google Music is dangling a possible launch as well; stay tuned.