Tag: universal music
Kanye West on contracts campaign: ‘I will help set precedents’
The music industry may still be picking its way through Kanye West’s self-leaked Universal Music Group deals, but West is making it clear that his campaign around artist contracts is more than just a moment on Twitter....
September 24, 2020
Logic blames UMG for not letting game-streamers use his music
Having officially retired from music earlier this year, before signing what was reportedly a seven-figure exclusive deal to stream on Twitch, artist Logic is a prominent figure at the intersection of music and livestreaming....
September 21, 2020
Kanye West posted his Universal Music contracts on Twitter
A busy day for Universal Music's legal department yesterday, as Kanye West tweeted a bunch of his contracts with the major label, page by page, as part of a sudden campaign seemingly hoping to buy back his masters. And...
September 17, 2020
Universal Music signs global deal with reggaeton star Daddy Yankee
"I am independent today. I was manufacturing by myself and distributing by myself. I was making money by myself," said Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee when he appeared at the Midem conference in 2017. Asked what...
September 11, 2020
The Rolling Stones to open shop on London’s Carnaby Street
Soho’s swinging Carnaby Street (copyright: the 1960s) is getting a new boutique retailer from 9 September: RS No. 9 Carnaby. Otherwise known as a ‘world-first flagship store’ for The Rolling Stones. As part...
August 20, 2020
UMPG China held songwriting camp with League of Legends firm
We’ve written about the huge audiences for esports tournaments before, and the opportunities for artists to perform live at these events. Now Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has spied an opportunity for songwriters...
August 20, 2020
B2B music firm Soundtrack Your Brand signs UMG licensing deal
Soundtrack Your Brand is one of the companies providing music for businesses, from bars, cafes and gyms to hotels, offices and shops. It launched in 2014, co-founded by Ola Sars, previously of Apple Music precursor Beats...
August 18, 2020
NetEase Cloud Music saw ‘triple-digit revenue growth’ in Q2
Chinese technology firm NetEase published its latest financial results last week, with no new figures for its NetEase Cloud Music streaming service. However, the service was mentioned in the subsequent earnings call with...
August 17, 2020
China gets new ‘Music Industry Legal Professional Committee’
Last week, a panel of Chinese copyright legal experts and representatives from various DSPs and majors formally established a "Music Industry Legal Professional Committee" to create a strengthened legal backbone for the Chinese...
August 13, 2020
UMG signs NetEase deal and launches label with Tencent Music
It was a busy day for Tencent Music, and for China's digital music industry as a whole. Universal Music Group made two announcements about its latest deals there: one with NetEase Cloud Music, and the other with Tencent Music. The...
August 11, 2020
LiveXLive financials reveal revenues of $10.5m for Q2 2020
US music-streaming and livestreaming company LiveXLive has published its latest financial results, including a new record for quarterly revenues: $10.5m. That's in the second quarter of 2020 (its fiscal Q1), with those...
August 10, 2020
Taylor Swift Folklore made $1.2m in three days… from one Chinese DSP
Taylor Swift's new album 'Folklore' may have been a surprise release, but its popularity is entirely unsurprising. According to Republic Records, the album sold more than 1.3m copies in its first 24 hours, and was streamed...
July 27, 2020