Company mum on details as news of layoffs leak out
Songkick sold a number of its core assets to Warner Music Group and laid off some staff, leaving many in the music industry wondering what’s happening with the ticketer that famously took on Ticketmaster.
The acquisition will see Warner take over Songkick’s website, app, and Songkick trademark effective immediately. Employees associated with Songkick’s discovery department will move to WMG. WMG, noticeably did not acquire Songkick’s ticketing division which is still embroiled in a lawsuit with Live Nation and Ticketmaster that accuses the industry giants of antitrust violations, anticompetitive behavior and intentional interference with smaller firms.
Songkick officials were not commenting on the news, Songkick co-founder and CEO Matt Jones said his company will continue the legal fight “on behalf of the many artists and fans we’ve served over the last decade.”
“Songkick was founded on the promise of improving the live experience for fans and the artists they love,” Jone said. “Over the years, we have helped tens of millions find their next great live experience. And today, I’m excited to pass the baton on the discovery service to the great team at WMG, an ideal organization to carry on this mission and to take it in new, innovative directions.”