Tag: universal music
Selfie The Album is a real thing that is really happening this summer
The CD albums market is alive, kicking and... doing its best trout-pout pose into its smartphone's front-facing camera. At least, that's the message sent out by upcoming compilation Selfie The Album. NO, not a super-late...
July 25, 2014
Blue Note Records gets a 75th anniversary iPad app
Back in 2012, EMI launched a Spotify app for veteran jazz label Blue Note Records (Bulletin, 13-Sep-12) before teaming up with music startup Groovebug for a subscription-based iPad app mining its back catalogue (4-Oct-12)....
July 24, 2014
YouTube MCN AwesomenessTV spawns UMG-backed music label
Thankfully, music labels and YouTube MCNs aren’t just interacting via lawsuits in 2014. Universal Music’s latest brush with the online video world is a partnership with DreamWorks-owned MCN AwesomenessTV. Russell Simmons...
July 22, 2014
A2IM boss criticises YouTube and major labels over licensing
US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich Bengloff certainly isn’t...
July 21, 2014
Sony/ATV still considering withdrawal from ASCAP and BMI
Music publisher Sony/ATV is still hopeful that it will be allowed to partially withdraw its rights from US collecting societies ASCAP and BMI in order to strike direct deals with digital music services like Pandora. It’s...
July 15, 2014
Rap Genius signs licensing deal with Warner/Chappell
Having been criticised as the most high-profile unlicensed lyrics website last year, Rap Genius has been striking a series of deals with publishers – the latest of which is Warner/Chappell Music. Announced last night, it...
July 4, 2014
Music bodies concerned at prospect of digital track reselling in the EU
The question of whether people should be allowed to resell their purchased music downloads has been most prominent in the ongoing lawsuits against ReDigi. Now the debate is spreading to the European Union, which has been...
June 30, 2014
Universal launches subscription-based music app with fitness chain David Lloyd
Universal Music has a brand new music app out for iPhone and Android – the latest release under its U-Apps brand. The app is David Lloyd Playlist, which appears to be a partnership with the UK-based chain of fitness clubs....
June 30, 2014
DreamWorks Animation tipped to buy a stake in Vevo
Music videos service Vevo is already a dish of several cooks: UMG, Sony Music, Abu Dhabi Media and Google. Now it seems more chefs are keen to stir the broth, with tech site Recode reporting that Hollywood studio DreamWorks...
June 24, 2014
Amazon Prime Music: ‘We’re not promising a comprehensive selection’
We reported yesterday on the launch of Amazon Prime Music in the US, bundling a catalogue of 1m tracks for streaming and offline-cacheing into the company's $99-a-year Prime membership scheme. After launching quietly in...
June 13, 2014
Amazon launches Prime Music streaming service (but with only 1m songs)
Earlier today, we wrote a story with the headline Will Amazon’s streaming music service launch today? And will it have UMG? Both questions have been answered quickly: yes and no. Amazon Prime Music went live this morning...
June 12, 2014
Will Amazon’s streaming music service launch today? And will it have UMG?
Rumours that Amazon is preparing to launch a streaming music service have been circulating for some time now, and in recent months they have narrowed down to suggestions that it'll be part of Amazon's Prime subscription service,...
June 12, 2014