February 21, 2020

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Sony Music, Warner Music and da Works have announced that they may potentially boycott the Norwegian national final after a new ruling from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in collaboration with record label Universal Music have announced that all competing songs in the Eurovision Song Contest are to be released as a part of the official album as well as single tracks available for download.

All profits from the Eurovision Song Contest songs will then bypass other labels and go directly to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Universal Music. Understandably, this has irked many in the music industry as Eurovision Song Contest songs are a guaranteed revenue generator. However, it has been cited that representatives from record companies have been forced to sign into this agreement. This has certainly been the case for Carl Espen whom would not have been able to represent Norway if the agreement had not been signed. 

Leif O. Ribe from Sony Music told Norwegian newspaper VG that it also creates difficulties for record companies to promote their artist in other countries. Executive Producer for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Jan Ola Sand, has said that all countries were made aware of this but Norway is not the only country to react negatively. Regardless, this may have future implications for entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: VG