Tag: universal music
Def Leppard break digital deadlock as entire catalogue goes online
Def Leppard, one of the last multi-platinum digital holdouts, have licensed their entire catalogue to download and streaming services. It is available today (19 January) on all the major streaming and download platforms. The...
January 19, 2018
Vivendi expects 10% revenue growth for UMG in 2017
Media group Vivendi isn’t due to publish its next quarterly financials until mid-February, but the company issued a statement on “preliminary positive trends of 2017” yesterday including a couple of Universal Music...
January 12, 2018
UMG boss hails ‘best financial performance in 15 years’
Universal Music Group enjoyed a stonking 2017 according to chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge’s year-end memo to staff. “The dramatic worldwide increase in streaming has been the single most important catalyst in returning...
January 3, 2018
India: The sleeping giant of digital music is ready to wake up
At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India. We've since been speaking to some of its main contributors, and taking a look at the key themes...
December 22, 2017
Facebook signs Universal Music licensing deal for music, video and more
Music labels and publishers have spent much of 2017 wondering what Facebook’s plans were for licensing music. Today the social network announced its first major-label licensing deal, with Universal Music Group. The companies...
December 21, 2017
YouTube and Universal Music sign new multi-year licensing deal
Despite the continuing rows over the 'value gap' and safe harbour, YouTube has struck its second new licensing deal of 2017 with a major label: Universal Music Group. The new global, multi-year agreement follows a similar...
December 19, 2017
UMG’s Jonathan Dworkin: ‘Despacito is more than just a hit’ (#SlushMusic)
As SVP of digital strategy and business development at Universal Music Group, Jonathan Dworkin is playing a significant role in how the biggest major label wants to steer the digital music world in the years to come. His...
November 28, 2017
Telegram blocks channel after music-piracy complaint
Sorry, at the time of writing Taylor Swift hasn’t put her new album ‘Reputation’ on streaming services as a post-Thanksgiving gift to fans. Today’s Taylor story focuses on another aspect to the album’s rollout:...
November 24, 2017
UMG’s Urban Legends turns music journalism into marketing
As we go into 2018, there are very real concerns about sustainable business models for music journalism, with magazines shutting or slimming down and websites scratching about for revenues. But there are some other models...
November 22, 2017
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative adds music to its partners
The USC Annenberg university in California is launching a new thing: the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, with music-industry partners including Universal Music backing its efforts around diversity. “Our new name reflects...
November 17, 2017
Big Shaq gets an augmented-reality Facebook Camera effect
In our recent report on augmented reality technology, we suggested that rather than launching standalone AR apps for artists, labels would do better exploring some of the AR features in the big social apps. Now Island...
November 8, 2017
Shania Twain goes mobile gaming with Home Street partnership
Mobile gaming is a huge and growing industry, with spending up 18% to $40.6bn in 2016 according to research firm SuperData – a figure that matched global box-office revenues for films that year. Mobile games based on...
November 6, 2017