Slacker Inks EMI, UMG, WMG For Content
September 20, 2007 at 1:50 PM (PT)
SLACKER, manufacturer of "personal radios," has pacted with major labels EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP and WARNER MUSIC GROUP to make their content available to listeners on the SLACKER Personal Radio service. Slacker now has agreements with all four major labels.
SLACKER Personal Radio enables listeners to create, edit and share their own stations or personalize over 100 professionally programmed stations. Slacker customers also have easy access to artist profiles, album reviews and cover art within the Slacker Web Player, Desktop Radio and on the Slacker Portable.
"SLACKER is about enabling music lovers to play personalized radio everywhere they go," said CEO DENNIS MUDD. "These agreements allow us to provide truly portable personalized radio for the first time, in a structure that fairly compensates artists, labels and the entire music ecosystem."
"UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP is pleased to partner with Slacker," stated RIO CARAEFF, EVP/eLABS, UMG's new media and technologies division. "SLACKER's service is designed for consumers who value the ability to explore a wide variety of music across many genres, and provides us with another great promotional opportunity to connect our artists with their fans."
"SLACKER is an exciting new music discovery experience because it offers consumers choice, portability and community," said LAUREN BERKOWITZ, SVP/Digital for EMI MUSIC NORTH AMERICA. "We are delighted to make our artists' music available to fans through SLACKER."
"We are excited by the SLACKER service and the potential value it offers consumers and copyright holders," said WMG SVP/Digital Strategy and Business Development MICHAEL NASH. "Today's consumer has a plethora of music channels and services to choose from, and SLACKER brings discovery, choice, mobility and community to the music experience while compensating record labels and artists for their works."