UMG expands partnership with USC Annenberg diversity initiative
“Black artists consistently top the popular music charts, but African-Americans and other people of colour are not adequately represented in decision-making roles in the music business,” is the first line of a press...
June 29, 2020
Lickd signs deal with UMG for pre-cleared music on YouTube
Startup Lickd was founded in 2016 to help YouTubers to license commercial music for use in their videos more easily. The company has been working hard to build a catalogue of music, and has this morning announced its biggest...
June 16, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (27 May)
There’s still some good news amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Start today with a new aspect to Tencent and Universal Music Group’s partnership: teaming up to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to...
May 28, 2020
UMG launches Def Jam Africa with raft of artist signings
Universal Music Group has launched Def Jam Africa, with offices in South Africa and Nigeria but a remit to sign hip-hop, trap and Afrobeats artists from across the continent. The new label is launching with a raft of signings...
May 27, 2020
UMG and WMG reveal latest deals in high-potential markets
Major music companies are continuing to press on with their partnerships in high-potential territories like India, Africa and China. Yesterday brought three such deals. Warner Music Group is allying with Ziiki Media, an Indian...
May 12, 2020
UMG’s Michael Nash thinks music subscriptions will be resilient to Covid-19 impact
A flurry of recent reports have noted that in the initial weeks of the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown, music streams declined. Should the industry be worried? Universal Music Group's EVP of digital strategy Michael Nash has...
April 24, 2020
Universal Music Group revenues grew by 13% in first quarter
Vivendi’s latest financial results reveal that Universal Music Group’s revenues grew by 12.7% to €1.77bn (around $1.95bn) in the first quarter of 2020. Recorded music revenues were up by 13.1% to €1.43bn,...
April 21, 2020
UMG hires Spotify exec Ichiro Tamaki for digital role in Japan
Japan’s transition from sales to streaming has been a long time coming, and there are still some bumps in the road. Now Spotify will have to deal with them under new leadership, after its general manager and president in...
January 16, 2020
Sandbox Issue 243: The Last 10 Years and The Next 10 Years of Music Marketing
Welcome to the first Sandbox of 2020. Lead: It is now 10 years since we published the very first edition of Sandbox, so to start a new decade we speak to marketers from around the world about the tools and trends that shaped...
January 9, 2020
Tencent finalises 10% stake in UMG, with more to come?
It had been reported that Vivendi was keen to finalise its deal to sell 10% of Universal Music Group to a Tencent-led consortium by the end of 2019. It just about squeaked in, with the agreement signed on New Year’s Eve....
January 2, 2020
UMG, EMI Trust and The eXceL Project back Secret Studio
As part of a collaboration between UMG, the EMI Trust and youth-community charity The eXceL Project, the three-day education programme Secret Studio has resulted in the release of two new original tracks. The eXceL Project’s...
December 11, 2019
Universal Music Group launches RedRecords with AirAsia
Richard Branson might have launched Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines but they were two very distinct entities. Now the two worlds are now colliding as Universal Music Group is partnering with Malaysian airline AirAsia to...
December 9, 2019