SEC FORM 3 SEC Form 3
FORM 3 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
SPERLING SCOTT M

(Last) (First) (Middle)
C/O THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS, L.P.
100 FEDERAL STREET, 35TH FLOOR

(Street)
BOSTON MA 02110

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
05/11/2005
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
Warner Music Group Corp. [ WMG ]
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
X Director X 10% Owner
Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
5. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 4) 2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned (Instr. 4) 3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 5) 4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 5)
Common Stock 55,555,315.04(1) I See Note(2)
Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 4) 2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 4) 4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 5) 6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Explanation of Responses:
1. Represents shares of the Issuer held directly by Thomas H. Lee Equity Fund V, L.P., Thomas H. Lee Parallel Fund V, L.P., Thomas H. Lee Equity (Cayman) Fund V, L.P., THL WMG Equity Investors, L.P. (collectively, the "Funds"), and Thomas H. Lee Investors Limited Partnership.
2. The reporting person is a member of Thomas H. Lee Advisors, LLC, which is the general partner of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., which is the manager of THL Equity Advisors V, LLC, which, in turn, is the general partner of each of the Funds. The reporting person is also Vice President of THL Investment Management Corp., the general partner of Thomas H. Lee Investors Limited Partnership. As such, the reporting person may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of the Issuer owned directly by each of the Funds and Thomas H. Lee Investors Limited Partnership. The reporting person disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares, and this report shall not be deemed an admission that the reporting person is the beneficial owner of the securities for the purpose of Section 16 or for any other purpose, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.
/s/ Scott M. Sperling 05/11/2005
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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