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7digital signs deals for three UMG ‘digital music products’

Business-to-business digital music firm 7digital has announced its latest contract wins, and all three of them are for the same, sizeable client. The British company has “entered into agreements with Universal Music Group...
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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,...
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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:...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...