Warner Music Group (WMG) today became the first major music group to announce a deal with the SoundCloud audio platform. The deal which covers both recorded music and Warner/Chappell Music publishing covers both SoundCloud's ad-supported creator partner program, "On SoundCloud", and a subscription streaming audio service that will launch in the first half of 2015. Soundcloud has been under increasing pressure from both investors and rightsholders to monetize the platform. Mixes & Mashups Covered Exact terms of the deal were not announced. But according to the announcement, the deal includes "innovative licensing terms that will provide WMG and its artists...

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