The world’s biggest music publisher is facing pressure from music labels, who are demanding that Amazon remove listings for its albums.
Kobalt Music Publishing is one of the biggest music publishing companies in the world, with more than 10 million albums on its bookshelves.
The publisher recently announced it would no longer allow its catalogue to be sold on Amazon and Apple Music, and has also said it would not be allowed to promote its music on Spotify, where its catalogs are widely used.
But some labels and publishers have expressed their anger on Twitter and Facebook, and they have also contacted Amazon and Google, where their catalogs can be bought.
Kobe, the largest music publisher in the UK, is also in the middle of an investigation over its handling of its catalog, and some labels are now threatening to pull out of its sales service if Amazon doesn’t remove the listings.
According to a statement from the publisher, it’s difficult to track down all the albums that have been sold on the publisher’s catalogue, and many of them are missing the artist’s name and contact details.
Kobo has confirmed that its catalog is missing several albums, and said it is investigating the issue further.
But the statement said that “some of our catalogs appear to be missing from our website, and our catalogue listing system is unable to tell us which albums appear in our catalogue.”
The statement went on to say that “we are working on fixing this as quickly as possible.”
Kobo also confirmed that it was aware of the problems with its catalog listing system, and that it has taken steps to “improve its record keeping, and will update this in the coming days”.
However, it has said that it will “continue to work with our music publishing partners and their representatives to find the missing albums.”
Kobe has also been contacted by a handful of labels, including the BBC, who said it should “stop publishing albums in the digital marketplace that are no longer available on Kobo”.
But Kobo has said it will continue to allow the BBC to sell its albums, citing its “proud history of providing high-quality music to millions of listeners worldwide”.