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On March 1, 2004, Time Warner announced the sale of Warner Music Group to an investor group whose partners included former Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman, Jr. The sale was completed for $2.6 billion, with Time Warner holding the option to buy back up to 15 percent of the company within the next three years. Warner Music Group, now the largest privately-held independent music company in the world, oversees an international array of labels in addition to divisions that cover marketing, distribution, and publishing of the company's assets. Its Alternative Distribution Alliance presses and distributes music nationally for major and independent labels. Sales for the Warner Music Group were $4.3 billion in 2003, up from $4.1 billion in 2000.

notable artists
Brandy (Atlantic)
Fleetwood Mac (Reprise)
Madonna (Maverick)
Metallica (Elektra)

relevant holdings
Alternative Distribution Alliance

MusicNet, online music distribution platform for partners like America Online (joint investment with BMG, EMI and Sony)

Warner Strategic Marketing

Warner/Chapell Music Inc., music publishing company

WEA Corp., music distributor

warner music group
labels include
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Atlantic Records
EastWest
Elektra
Elektra Entertainment Group
Lava
London Sire
Maverick
Mesa/Bluemoon
Nonesuch
Reprise
Reprise Nashville
Rhino Records
Sub Pop
Warner Brothers Nashville
Warner Brothers Records
Warner Music International
Word Entertainment

 

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posted may 27, 2004

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