Sony Music purchases minority stake in Walter Kolm’s WK Records

Sony New music has obtained a minority stake in professional Latin tunes label WK Information.

WKR was launched in 2020 by US-based mostly Latin music executive, Walter Kolm, a previous President of Universal Songs Latin Enjoyment.

The label’s roster includes the likes of Puerto Rico-born celebrity Alex Rose and artist/producer Overseas Teck, who has output credits on tracks by the likes of  Put up Malone, DaBaby and Tory Lanez.

Other artists signed to the label incorporate Argentinian Latin lure artist 7 Kayne and Colombian rapper Cheo Gallego.


In addition to WKR, Kolm also runs US-headquartered, Latin tunes-centered artist management and companies company, WK Entertainment.

Walter Kolm Entertainment’s roster incorporates the likes of  Maluma, CNCO, Wisin, Carlos Vives, and Emilia Mernes.

Sony‘s financial commitment in WKR marks a considerable growth of its partnership with Kolm and his companies.

The major new music corporation acquired 50% of WK Leisure in 2019. Billboard reviews currently (March 14) that the greater part ownership of WK Information will continue being with Kolm subsequent the new partnership with Sony.

“This partnership is individually significant to me due to the fact of the have faith in and admiration that I have for Rob Stringer, Afo Verde and Sony Tunes.”

Walter Kolm, WK Entertainment 

WK Enjoyment CEO Walter Kolm reported: “This partnership is personally significant to me since of the have confidence in and admiration that I have for Rob Stringer, Afo Verde and Sony New music.

“It confirms our shared vision to carry on to lead and impression the Latin audio sector with an unparalleled globe-large magnitude, as we merge our strengths and construct an unparalleled alliance.”

“This was a natural subsequent phase for us, and we’re energized to operate with WK Documents to start a complete new generation of worldwide superstars jointly.”

Afo Verde, Sony Audio Latin-Iberia

Afo Verde, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Latin-Iberia, additional: “We have an outstanding partnership with the total WK loved ones.

“This was a natural future move for us, and we’re psyched to work with WK Records to start a whole new technology of international superstars collectively.”

The arrival of Sony’s partnership with WK Documents marks the major’s most recent in a string of substantial-profile investments in latest months.

In February, Brazil’s levels of competition watchdog, CADE (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica), gave approval to Sony Music’s acquisition of Som Livre, proprietor of Brazil’s largest domestic record label.

Sony initially announced its acquisition of Som Livre – from prior owner Globo Comunicação E Participações – in April past year.

In the meantime, in February, the UK’s Opposition and Marketplaces Authority (CMA) gave the provisional environmentally friendly light to Sony’s $430 million acquisition of AWAL from Kobalt Tunes Team.

SME has also been active investing in songs catalogs of celebrity artists, getting thoroughly obtained Bob Dylan’s catalog of recorded audio in a deal that concluded in July 2021 (but introduced in January).

The company’s acquisition of Bob Dylan’s recorded audio catalog followed Sony Tunes Group‘s offer struck with Bruce Springsteen in December, when it obtained two sets of legal rights – each recordings and tunes publishing – covering the entirety of Springsteen’s catalog, in a deal worth at the very least $500 million.

In early February, the company’s father or mother – Sony Corp – unveiled that its world recorded music and tunes publishing entities generated approximately $7.5 billion in calendar 2021.Audio Business enterprise Worldwide