Tag: universal music
Capitol Music Group to launch gBETA Musictech accelerator
Universal Music Group’s latest exploration of the startup-accelerator waters comes through its Capitol Music Group subsidiary. It’s launching a new accelerator called gBETA Musictech, in partnership with existing accelerator...
August 23, 2018
Universal Music and ESL team up for esports music label
We’ve thought for a while that there’s potential for more partnerships between the music and esports (competitive gaming) worlds. Now Universal Music Group and esports firm ESL are testing the waters. The companies...
August 22, 2018
Island Records launches Landmrk-powered Ariana Grande campaign
Ariana Grande is the latest artist to send her fans on a real-world treasure hunt for digital content, courtesy of location-based marketing startup Landmrk. Label Island Records has worked with the startup to launch a campaign...
August 20, 2018
Lele Pons is latest YouTuber to sign to a major label
Lele Pons is a massive star on YouTube, with close to 11m subscribers and whose videos are mainly a series of comedy skits. She also has 26.7m followers on Instagram, 4m followers on Facebook and 1.9m followers on Twitter. She...
August 16, 2018
Universal Music Publishing CEO lays into streaming royalties
Anyone in the industry arguing that songwriters are not paid enough in streaming royalties is always going to shake a few trees – but when it’s the head of one of the world’s biggest music publishers saying it, it comes...
August 15, 2018
UMG goes deeper with Apple on Deutsche Grammophon playlist initiative
It is not quite picking favourites between Spotify and Apple Music, especially when it has equity in the former, but Universal Music Group has certainly been getting a lot closer with Apple Music in recent months....
August 13, 2018
Drake hits 50bn streams milestone: here’s how that breaks down for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube
Universal Music’s Republic Records has announced the latest digital milestone for Drake: he’s “the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms”. The news comes just a month after...
August 9, 2018
Universal Music Publishing Group inks deal with Lionsgate
In a day of interesting partnerships, Universal Music Publishing Group had its own new alliance to announce: with Hollywood studio Lionsgate. Described as an “exclusive long-term agreement” the deal will see UMPG representing...
August 3, 2018
Universal Music launches Peaceful Music playlist on Apple Music
Music for relaxation has quietly (well, it wouldn’t be loudly…) become one of the big playlist genres on music-streaming services. Now Universal Music Group is hoping to capitalise by launching a playlist called Peaceful...
August 2, 2018
Strong streaming growth for UMG as Vivendi rules out IPO
Vivendi published its latest quarterly financial results yesterday, including figures for Universal Music Group. And UMG’s parent company also provided an update on its plans for the major label, which will now involve...
July 31, 2018
Universal Music targets monthly accounting to artists
Universal Music Group’s head of royalties Cindy Oliver has been talking about the major label’s moves towards accounting to artists on a monthly, rather than a quarterly or semi-annual basis. This is based on the label...
July 23, 2018
Universal Music doubles down on Africa with Nigeria division
Shortly after expanding into French-speaking African countries with a new division, Universal Music is further extending its activities on the continent. It’s launching a Universal Music Nigeria division, based in Lagos,...
July 18, 2018