Facebook signs licensing deal with century-old Indian music label


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  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

Facebook's office in Mumbai, India, 2016. Facebook and Instagram users can now add music from Saregama's catalogue of more than 100,000 songs. — Reuters

BENGALURU: Facebook Inc has signed a global licensing deal with one of India's largest music labels, allowing users to choose from a large catalogue of Bollywood music for their Facebook and Instagram posts, the music company said on June 3.

Shares of Saregama India Ltd shot up 20% on the deal.

The music company, which did not disclose the financial details of the deal, said Facebook and Instagram users can now add music from Saregama's catalogue of more than 100,000 songs spanning 25 languages to their posts and "stories".

The Kolkata-based company, which sold vinyls and cassettes under household name HMV for decades, is India's oldest music label and released the country's first ever studio-recorded song in 1902.

Its catalogues include popular albums and singles from some of the country's most successful artists, including Bollywood singing legends Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.

The deal will "allow people on our platforms, globally, to use their favourite retro Indian music to further enrich their content," said Facebook India's director and head of partnerships, Manish Chopra, in a statement.

Saregama's deal with Facebook follows its licensing deal with Swedish music streaming service Spotify, announced earlier this month.

Shares in Saregama surged to 334.65 rupees (RM18.93) in Mumbai before hitting a so-called "upper limit" in morning trading. – Reuters

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