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GRAMMY CHEW: WHO COULD BE THIS YEAR’S BRANDI CARLILE?
Lenny and Simon speculate and salivate as the kreplach is served. (9/19a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/17a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/17a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
AMAZON GOES HI-RES
Alexa, what does "16-bit/44.1kHz" mean? (9/17a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Blighty Beat
KONTRABAND ON THE RUN
9/5/19

Sony Music U.K. has ventured into the merchandise business with the acquisition of British company Kontraband. The firm will be working closely with its U.S. counterpart at Sony, The Thread Shop.

The acquisition aims to enhance and strengthen Sony Music’s presence in the growing area of merchandise, and will see Kontraband working collaboratively with each of Sony Music’s labels and their extensive artist rosters.

 “We are continuously looking for ways to diversify our business and the acquisition of Kontraband allows us to help our artists enhance their brand and deliver new and exciting commercial opportunities,” said Nicola Tuer, COO of Sony Music U.K. and Ireland.

Kontraband’s Paul Entwistle and Justin Smith have more than 20 years of experience handling merchandise for artists including Camila Cabello, Kylie Minogue, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Streets and Keane. As part of the deal, they will now relocate their office the Sony U.K. headquarters in Kensington from Finsbury Park in London.