UMG’s Spinnup now has 100k artists (and 29 signings)
Universal Music has announced a new milestone for its Spinnup digital distribution platform. It now has more than 100,000 unsigned artists distributing their music via Spinnup. Well, not all of them are unsigned any more:...
November 23, 2016
Universal opens new catalogue store
UDiscoverMusic is the new D2C site set up by Universal Music to exploit its considerable catalogue division, with an emphasis not just on high-ticket boxset but also on discovery and contextual analysis of the artists in...
July 29, 2016
Universal Music signs deal for Michael Hutchence movie
Major labels getting involved in Hollywood isn’t a new trend, but we’re interested in the news of Universal Music’s latest big-screen project.
July 26, 2016
Report claims UMG closing in on vKontakte licensing deal
Russian social network vKontakte has been a controversial entity for the music industry thanks to songs being shared on its platform. Its launch of a licensed (by Sony Music and Warner Music) streaming app in May was a big...
July 19, 2016
7digital sets sights on Africa with 40-country licensing deal
7digital has signified its latest arena for global expansion: Africa. The company has signed a deal with African collecting society CAPASSO that covers 40 countries on the continent, including licences for downloads and streaming....
July 22, 2015
Google nukes Streamus music plug-in for Chrome browser
Google has killed off a plug-in for its Chrome web browser that enabled people to cue up YouTube music to play in the background. We first wrote about Streamus in early 2014, when it launched as a way for people to add its...
July 22, 2015
UMG and iHeartMedia chip in to Jelli’s $21m funding round
Jelli started life as a “crowdsourced radio” service where fans could vote for the songs they wanted to hear on partner radio stations. Five years, $16m of funding and 700k registered users later the company pivoted,...
June 24, 2015
UMG lost recorded-music market share in 2014 as WMG gained
Ovum’s Music & Copyright publication has published its latest figures for recorded-music and publishing market share, covering 2014. Its key claim for last year is that Universal Music Group lost market share while...
May 1, 2015
AwesomenessTV preps ‘Spinal Tap for Generation Z’ film
One of the multi-channel networks presenting at this week’s MIPTV conference was DreamWorks-owned AwesomenessTV, which has several music links including a development deal with UMG. The company also talked about an upcoming...
April 17, 2015
UMG launches Bradesco Music in Brazil
Universal Music has made a habit of partnering to test new digital music services around the world, from the days of Orange’s Monkey in the UK, through Kleek in South Africa to last week’s announcement of Bradesco Music...
April 9, 2015
UMG to co-host US showcase for UK tech startups
Universal Music is one of the organisers of a Los Angeles-based event called Technology Innovators Forum (TIF-IN) that will see a selection of British tech startups showing off their services. It’s the fourth time round...
March 30, 2015
Twitter launches Periscope as UMG invests in Meerkat
The battle is on in the latest wave of live video-broadcasting apps, with Twitter’s recently-acquired Periscope launching yesterday on iPhone, to compete with SXSW-buzz Meerkat. Among Periscope’s differences are its ability...
March 27, 2015