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Universal Music India’s VRYL project launches ‘Intezaar’ vide

Last week, Music Ally published a feature about the challenge that ‘non-film’ music is providing for Bollywood music in India – you can read it here if you missed it at the time. One of the projects exploring the...
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The Fader investigates UMG’s streaming-compilations strategy

Music website The Fader has been doing some digging into a series of streaming compilations released by Universal Music Group. It claims that UMG has released ‘hundreds’ of albums on Spotify based on specific topics...
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UMG expands its college-marketing program into °1824 team

Universal Music Group is shaking up its ‘college lifestyle marketing program’ in the US, with a new team, and brand, called °1824. The label describes it as “a new marketing, content and experiences team powered by...
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Vivendi set for Tencent UMG investment, plus interest from others

Vivendi’s latest quarterly financial results yesterday provided us with an update on the company’s plans to sell up to half of Universal Music off to partners. Talks with Tencent to buy up to 20% of UMG continue: Vivendi said that...
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UMG’s video growth plans

Universal Music Group has long had bold ambitions in visual content – with its Globe Production arm being the most obvious place to point towards in terms of what it has been doing here over the years. But there is more...
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Universal Music Group ups its recorded-music expansion in Asia

Universal Music’s latest global-expansion move is focusing on south-east Asia, with the launch of two new label divisions in the region. Def Jam South East Asia will focus on hip-hop, while Astralwerks Asia will be more...
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UMG’s schlager YouTube channel is doing 30m views a month

This story has been written to the soundtrack of gravelly-voiced German artist Ben Zucker, as well as the ‘Ultimatver Party Hitmix’ of his compatriot Sonia Liebing. It’s been quite the listen. Why? Because we’ve...
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UMG’s new venture shows the power of independent Indian hip-hop

Universal Music Group made a very interesting move in India yesterday, with its Universal Music India (UMI) subsidiary teaming up with artist and entrepreneur Nas’ Mass Appeal Records to launch a new label called Mass...
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Tencent in talks to buy up to 20% stake in Universal Music Group

There’s been a significant development in Vivendi’s moves to sell of up to 50% of Universal Music Group. This morning, UMG’s parent company announced that it has entered into ‘primary negotiations’ with Tencent...
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Streaming still paying off for UMG with 18.6% revenue growth

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: streaming is paying off rather well for the world’s largest music company. Universal Music’s revenues grew by 18.6% year-on-year for the first half of 2019, according to yesterday’s...
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UMG and WMG execs talk startups and innovation at Sonar+D

Behind the music industry’s fiercely competitive public face hides a wider spirit of digital collaboration, according to Tuhin Roy, the executive who leads Universal Music’s efforts to support early-stage digital music...
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Universal Music Austria explores blockchain music project

Music Ally has learned to put on its Sceptical Hat (like the Hogwarts Sorting Hat but more cynical) when fielding press releases from startups touting “blockchain-enabled attention economy solutions”. But in the case...