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IB tease--Strang and Platt

TALL STORY: While Marty Bandier is clearly still the king of publishing, Cameron Strang and Big Jon Platt are on a roll at Warner/Chappell, as WMG’s latest quarterly financial results reveal. As I.B. Bad notes in his upcoming column, posting tomorrow morning, the resurgent pubco’s revenue grew more than 10%, with digital, sync, performance and mechanical revenue all in plus territory, while operating income was up 18.8% to $19m. By contrast, quarterly revenue at Warner’s record division declined 6.1% on a loss of $37m. WCM is maintaining that momentum behind current hits from writers like Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Priscilla Renea (Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber”) and Sean Douglas (Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty”), as the pubco’s twin towers continue to put points on the scoreboard. (2/13a)

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REVENUE CHART:
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Pull up the Brinks truck. (6/17a)
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WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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