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Company Overview of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Prior to Integration in Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Company Overview

As of August 5, 2004, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. got merged in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, as a part of internal restructuring. Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. operates as a recording company. It engages in the development, production, manufacture, and distribution of recorded music in various commercial formats and musical genres worldwide. The company also offers music online. It operates in the United States, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, Hungary, the Philippines, and Poland. Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. was formerly known as CBS Records, Inc. and changed its name to Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. in 1998. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.

550 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10022-3211

United States



Key Executives for Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Prior to Integration in Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Prior to Integration in Sony BMG Music Entertainment Key Developments

Sony Music Entertainment Expands Presence in Africa

Sony Music Entertainment announced that it is expanding its operational presence across Africa as part of a long-term strategy to open offices in a number of key markets in the region. The company has opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria to serve as the new hub of its on-the-ground operations in West Africa, and has named music business entrepreneur Michael Ugwu General Manager for the West African region. It also recently began the process of registering to do business in Nairobi, Kenya, which will anchor the Sony Music's physical operations in East Africa. In connection with the opening of operations in Lagos, Sony Music recently signed Nigerian superstar Davido to a worldwide deal. In East Africa, SME has partnered with local artists in the region as well, recently signing Redsan amongst others.

Sony Music Entertainment Announces International Licensing Agreement with Enterprise of Recordings and Musical Editions

Enterprise of Recordings and Musical Editions (known by its Spanish initials EGREM) and Sony Music Entertainment announced that as of September 15, 2015, they have entered into a licensing agreement for the international distribution of EGREM's catalog of Cuban music. The exclusive multi-year agreement encompasses audio and audiovisual recordings produced by EGREM since the 1960s.

The American Federation of Musicians Files Lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment over Contract Breach in the Michael Jackson Documentary

The American Federation of Musicians filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment over contract breach in the Michael Jackson documentary. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York Federal Court, alleges Sony Music Entertainment misled artists into recording work, which had been believed to be for a phonographic record and not a film score. The original contract between Sony and AFM for the Kenny Ortega directed film only covered recording sessions for records, not for film. Variety reported that AFM President Ray Hair had tried to get Sony Music Entertainment to sign a letter allowing AFM musicians to collect residuals from the film. In the lawsuit, AFM is seeking payment of wages and benefits for the musicians who participated in the film. Though this isn't the first lawsuit that has been filed, it is the third lawsuit they have filed in months pertaining contract breach and licensing.

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