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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...