Tag: universal music group
Prince estate gets Bravado deal, but Tidal dispute rumbles on
Universal Music Group has secured its second deal with the Prince estate in a matter of months. In November, Universal Music Publishing Group was revealed as the global administrator of the late star’s publishing catalogue,...
January 11, 2017
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
Hurdl wearable device debuts at CMA Awards
Anyone who’s been to a Coldplay gig recently knows how impressive a spectacle can be created if the audience are all wearing glowing wristbands. Now there’s a new startup exploring how that kind of technology can get...
November 7, 2016
Brand Aid Part 1 – Sandbox 159
Brand partnerships used to be straightforward for musicians. But with the steady march of digital, these deals can include anything from app sponsorship to VR. Over the next two sandboxes, we will examine where brand partnerships...
August 9, 2016
VKontakte and Sony Music reach goodwill agreement in Russia; licensed streaming service pokes nose over the horizon
Sony Music has signed a goodwill agreement with VKontakte, the social network that everyone is apparently legally obliged to refer to as “the Russian Facebook”, as it looks to become a proper, licensed partner for the...
July 29, 2015
Big Machine Label Group to stay independent
Nobody, it turns out, will be paying the $225m-$250m that Scott Borchetta was seeking for his Big Machine Label Group: it emerged yesterday that Taylor Swift’s label will remain independent. Well, independent with a distribution...
July 3, 2015
Vivendi buys 80% stake in Dailymotion for $241m
Talking of Vivendi… The media group has completed its acquisition of an 80% stake in online video site Dailymotion for €217m (around $241m). The company was previously owned by Orange, with the French government having...
July 1, 2015
Report hints at Vivendi’s aims for post-free digital music
We’ve known for a while now that consultancy firm Bain & Company has been involved at the highest levels of Universal Music Group (and even higher: within parent company Vivendi) as the label group plans its next strategic...
July 1, 2015
Vivendi tables bid for YouTube rival Dailymotion
Who’s going to buy online video site Dailymotion? Well, from a failed bid in 2013 by Yahoo, we know it’ll probably have to be a French company, since the French government nixed that deal on the grounds of not wanting...
April 7, 2015
UMG close to settlement heading off royalties class action
Universal Music Group is close to settling a potential class action alleging that it underpaid artists including Chuck D, Rick James and Whitesnake for their digital sales. Billboard reports that 10 April has been marked...
March 23, 2015
UMG gets in early to location-based messaging app Traces
Universal Music Group is the first partner for a new location-based messaging app called Traces, which is launching officially at SXSW this week. The app blends location, messaging and augmented reality (AR) features to get...
March 16, 2015
Liberty Media approached Vivendi over possible UMG sale
Universal Music Group is not currently up for sale – if anything, its parent company Vivendi’s focus on its music division has sharpened since it sold off telco SFR and its majority stake in games firm Activision Blizzard....
March 11, 2015