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Universal Music buys 70% stake in Kenyan label AI Records

Universal Music Group’s expansion plans are making Africa a priority, with the latest example being UMG’s acquisition of a majority stake in Kenyan label AI Records. According to news site Business Daily, Universal...
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Non-musical content key to UMG and WMG’s latest moves

Two separate announcements from major labels Universal Music and Warner Music shed some light on how they’re tackling content around the music of their artists. UMG has appointed Celine Joshua to a new position as general...
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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot talks streaming and label rows

Def Leppard recently made their entire back catalogue available to download and stream for the first time. Frontman Joe Elliott has been talking to Music Ally about the long-awaited debut, as well as some of the rows that...
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Joe Elliott of Def Leppard talks streaming, Hysteria and label rows

When you have sold over 100m albums and shift more tickets today than you did in your supposed peak in the 1980s, you are “not exactly hurting” for money and can therefore afford to take your time when considering the...
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Despite Trump: ‘There are no walls that can stop Latin music…’

The most pointed quote of the second day of Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York came from Jesús López, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula. He used...
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UMG and WMG execs talk ‘growth hacking’ global music-streaming

'Growth hacking' has been a buzz phrase within the tech world for years now: referring to inventive (and sometimes unconventional) ways to attract more and more users and/or revenue to a fast-growing startup's product or...
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Def Leppard break digital deadlock as entire catalogue goes online

Def Leppard, one of the last multi-platinum digital holdouts, have licensed their entire catalogue to download and streaming services. It is available today (19 January) on all the major streaming and download platforms. The...
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Vivendi expects 10% revenue growth for UMG in 2017

Media group Vivendi isn’t due to publish its next quarterly financials until mid-February, but the company issued a statement on “preliminary positive trends of 2017” yesterday including a couple of Universal Music...
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UMG boss hails ‘best financial performance in 15 years’

Universal Music Group enjoyed a stonking 2017 according to chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge’s year-end memo to staff. “The dramatic worldwide increase in streaming has been the single most important catalyst in returning...
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India: The sleeping giant of digital music is ready to wake up

At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India. We've since been speaking to some of its main contributors, and taking a look at the key themes...
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Facebook signs Universal Music licensing deal for music, video and more

Music labels and publishers have spent much of 2017 wondering what Facebook’s plans were for licensing music. Today the social network announced its first major-label licensing deal, with Universal Music Group. The companies...
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YouTube and Universal Music sign new multi-year licensing deal

Despite the continuing rows over the 'value gap' and safe harbour, YouTube has struck its second new licensing deal of 2017 with a major label: Universal Music Group. The new global, multi-year agreement follows a similar...