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Capitol signs J-Pop band Travis Japan for global release

Music Ally doesn’t tend to cover that many ‘artist X signs to label Y’ stories unless they reflect a wider trend.
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UMG buys majority stake in Indian management firm TM Ventures

Universal Music Group’s latest expansion in India is not a label launch or acquisition, but an investment in a talent management agency.
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Mixed ruling in latest brands, music and social media lawsuit

By now it should be clear to everyone: the music licensing deals signed by social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram cover user-generated content – but those users do NOT include brands.
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UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit

Universal Music Group revealed its plans yesterday for a new division with a familiar name: Virgin Music Group.
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UMG boss talks DSPs: ‘We’re 80 to 85% of their retention’

Universal Music Group's chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge has been talking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia + Technology Conference 2022.
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WMG and UMG sued for patent infringement by Blue Spike

A new legal rumble afoot in the digital music world involves a company called Blue Spike and its patents for digital watermarking technology.
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Metaverse music: The Sandbox, iHeart-Fortnite and… M&Ms?

The metaverse continues to be a hive of activity for music artists and brands. Three stories offer a snapshot of what's happening.
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UMG talks social media, catalogue values and user-centric payouts

Universal Music Group published its Q2 2022 financial results yesterday, revealing a 17.3% year-on-year growth in its revenues to €2.54bn.
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UMG has big plans for Thailand’s ‘T-Pop’ with Hype Train deal

After K-Pop's global success in recent years, will other regional scenes in Asia follow suit? T-Pop is in the list of contenders.
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Streaming service Mdundo is UMG’s latest Africa licensing deal

It has announced an agreement with Mdundo, which is popular in countries including Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.
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UMG knocked back in battle with Republic investment platform

Earlier this year, UMG's Republic Records sued a startups investment platform called Republic.
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Major publishers tackle streaming services over songwriter royalties

All three major publishers have been talking about streaming services and licensing, as part of Synchtank's ongoing report.