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Songkick back in ticketing with Fnac deal

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March 23, 2018

Concert discovery platform Songkick, now part of Warner Music Group (WMG), has partnered with French ticketing giant Fnac.

Fnac, which owns France Billet and has its own ticket agency Fnac Spectacles, sells around 14 million tickets annually.

The discovery division of Songkick was acquired by WMG last July (see Audience issue 210), as its ticketing business continued with a long-running legal dispute with Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) and its Ticketmaster subsidiary.

Songkick has also agreed a partnership with Facebook to add concerts from its listings to the social media site, which follows recent link-ups with internet radio and streaming service Pandora and music video platform Vevo.

“We have tapped into Warner’s global infrastructure and existing fan base to accelerate growth and solidify Songkick’s status as the best concert discovery tool in the market,” says president of WMG label services division WEA, Tony Harlow.

Songkick’s chief technology officer Mark McIntrye adds, “Our team is growing, and our plans for the years ahead are more ambitious than ever.”

LNE paid more than $110 million to settle its dispute with Songkick out-of-court earlier this year (see Audience issue 216). It also agreed an undisclosed sum for Songkick’s ticketing platform, anti-scalping (touting) algorithm, patents and others assets, from owner Complete Entertainment Resources Group.

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