Counting Crows ditch label for internet future
US band Counting Crows have announced that they're parting company with their longtime label Geffen (well, UMG now) in order to explore more digital opportunities.
March 18, 2009
Vodafone goes DRM-free with UMG, Sony and EMI MP3s
Vodafone has announced that it's to sell DRM-free MP3 tracks from three of the four major labels - UMG, Sony and EMI - through its mobile and PC digital music stores.
March 11, 2009
UMG prevails in Eminem digital royalties lawsuit
The lawsuit from Eminem's former production company against Universal Music Group over digital royalties has been resolved in UMG's favour, after a federal jury voted unanimously in favour of the label's case.
March 9, 2009
PluggedIn closes down after running out of money
The UMG/YouTube venture (see Top Story) is being hailed as "a Hulu for music videos" - Hulu being the streaming TV website set up by several US broadcasters.
March 5, 2009
Vevo music videos site coming from UMG and YouTube?
CNET and the Wall Street Journal are both reporting that Universal Music Group and YouTube are in final negotiations to create a new music videos website, with the working title of Vevo.
March 5, 2009
Thumbplay loses two more executives
It's probably fair to describe US mobile content retailer Thumbplay as "troubled" now, given the number of executives who've left the company in recent times.
March 3, 2009
UMG general counsel: “I don’t know what ownership of a digital file means”
Quote of the week comes from Michael Ostroff, general counsel and executive VP of business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group, while on the stand during the Eminem-related digital royalties lawsuit
March 2, 2009
iPhone apps for Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls and other UMG artists
Interscope Geffen A&M is launching iPhone applications for five of its key artists, through a partnership with mobile firm Kyte. The five are Lady Gaga, the Pussycat Dolls, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, the All American Rejects,...
February 23, 2009
MidemNet 2009: UMG and Kyte strike video deal
The first digital deal of MidemNet 2009 has been announced: Universal Music Group has partnered with Kyte to be the online and mobile video platform provider for its artists and subsidiary labels.The deal is global, and stems...
January 16, 2009
Britannia High album gets innovative digital promotion
Polydor subsidiary Fascination Records released the official Britannia High soundtrack album today in the UK. For those of you who aren't Brits (and for those of you who are but are mercifully unaware), the show is Blighty's...
November 17, 2008
UMG finding online success with Bebo daily TV drama
If you're not a heavy Bebo user, you might not be aware of The Secret World of Sam King. It's the social network's latest online TV drama, following in the soapsteps of KateModern. Except this one's got...
October 15, 2008