Sony Music Entertainment India will represent Warner Music's catalog and labels in India and the seven other SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries, which include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The licensing deal covers multi-platform distribution of the Warner catalog which features artists such as Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Green Day, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Madonna, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback, Kylie Minogue, Michael Bublé and Bruno Mars, among others.
Warner Music was earlier licensed here via EMI/Virgin Music India. With Warner's recent acquisition of Parlophone Label Group in July, the combined catalog is one of the largest globally and encompasses a roster of some of the world's most celebrated and popular artists and recordings.
“We are delighted to represent Warner's music catalog for the Indian and SAARC market," said Sony Music chairman and CEO, Australia & New Zealand and Asia president Denis Handlin. "This is one of the fastest growing and exciting music markets in the world and India in particular has huge digital market opportunities. We have great plans to ensure that Warner Music's remarkable catalogue reaches out to the vast array of existing and emerging music fans in that region.”
“We are very excited with this opportunity and are committed to aggressively push the Warner catalog and new releases,” added Sony Music president India and Middle East, Shridhar Subramaniam. “Through the combined strength of the two companies’ music, we are well positioned to grow the increasing demand for international music in India.”
“The rapid growth of the market in India creates great potential for our international roster and catalog, so it was important for us to find a partner with the market knowledge and relationships with local retailers and media partners to help unlock that,” said Warner Recorded Music president, international, Stu Bergen.