Warner Music Group buys concert discovery service Songkick

Warner Music Group announced today it’s acquiring the selected assets of the music platform Songkick, including its app for finding concerts and the company’s trademark. The deal will not include Songkick’s ticketing business, however, nor the pending litigation Songkick has against Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

Songkick has been involved in a lawsuit against the major ticketing companies, which alleges antitrust violations, anticompetitive behavior, and intentional interference. The suit was filed in December 2015, and continues today. In an amended complaint from this February, Songkick had also alleged a Ticketmaster employee hacked into protected CrowdSurge computers to acquire trade secrets and confidential information. (The ticketing business CrowdSurge was acquired by Songkick in 2015).

In other words, Warner Music today is getting Songkick’s IP and its user base of 15 million monthly actives, without all the legal drama. But it’s unclear for now if or how Warner plans to incorporate a ticketing component into Songkick, given that’s not included with this acquisition.

With regard to the pending litigation, Songkick CEO and co-founder Matt Jones says he’s committed to continuing the fight against Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

Warner Music says the Songkick concert discovery app will operate as its own standalone brand, but will be overseen by Warner Music’s artist and label services division, WEA.

This is the division that manages the sales, distribution, streaming account management and playlisting, analytics, insight, artist websites and webstores, VIP experiences, fan clubs, and merchandising. The move will lead to “additional offerings for Songkick users,” said Warner Music Group in an announcement, but didn’t go into further detail.

“Fans all over the world trust Songkick to help them find events featuring the artists they love. It’s a passionate, highly engaged music community, always on the lookout for new…

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