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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,...
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Universal Music expands in French-speaking African countries

Universal Music Group is launching a new division focusing on French-speaking African countries, based in Côte d’Ivoire. It will be led by industry veteran Moussa Soumbounou, who’ll report in to Universal Music France...
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UGC video app Triller signs a Universal Music deal

Is Triller the new Musical.ly? Pitched as a ‘Music Video Maker’ app, it helps people make their own music videos alone or collaborating with friends, with clever auto-editing features to make the results look professional....
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Jax Jones: ‘Creativity is a constant exercise. It’s a muscle that you train’

Universal Music Group's global head of new business Olivier Robert-Murphy was joined by artist Jax Jones at the Cannes Lions conference today, for a session titled 'Re-humanising the Creative Process' focused on how brands...
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Making sense of attribution modelling in digital music marketing

In the latest roundup of panels from Music Ally’s recent Sandbox Summit 2018 conference in New York, the focus is on how attribution modelling is changing for digital music marketers, thanks to the rise of streaming and...