UMG Scores 9 Albums In Billboard Top 10 For 4th Time

Universal Music Group (UMG) has hit a new record todaym placing nine of the Top 10 albums in the Billboard 200 It’s only the fourth time that’s occurred in the. Continue reading

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UMG Launches Ambitious Def Jam Africa

Universal Music Group has launched Def Jam Africa, an ambitious new label division to service artists from the the vast continent’s burgeoning hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap scenes. The label will. Continue reading

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UMG Admits Masters From Nirvana, R.E.M., Elton John Among Those Damaged In 2008 Blaze

Universal Music Group has conceded that master recording by artists such as Nirvana, Beck, Elton John, R.E.M., Sheryl Crow were among those damaged in a storage warehouse fire at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2008.

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UMG To IPO As Annual Revenues Pass $2.28B

An initial public offering (IPO) for Universal Music Group is “currently planned for early 2023 at the latest,” parent company Vivendi posted in a presentation to shareholders. Last week, the. Continue reading

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New Universal Music Investors May Not Be What Artists Want

Major labels often receive flack from the artists, and the recent acquisition of Universal Music by a group of private equity investors and China’s Tencent isn’t likely to improve their. Continue reading

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UMG Launches Artist Analytics App

UMG has launched an app that gives artists and their teams a personalized view of their activity across major global streaming services and social media. The app includes data from. Continue reading

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800+ Artists Lost Tapes In Universal Fire [NY Times]

The New York Times has published a list of over 700 more artists believed to have lost their masters in the 2008 fire that swept the backlot of Universal Studios. Continue reading

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UMG Acquires Independent Music Distributor Ingrooves

Universal Music Group is acquiring independent music distributor Ingrooves Music Group.  Ingrooves will continue to operate as a standalone company led by CEO Bob Roback.

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An Expert’s Tips On Music Business Networking

While networking's value as a tool for getting ahead in the music industry has long been established, how to do it effectively, and what is exactly it is are somewhat. Continue reading

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How Record Labels Screwed Up The Music Industry, And How Spotify, Apple Saved Them

ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Mike Masnick explores the sordid history of how the record labels' behavior in the early days of the internet literally brought the music industry to its knees, and. Continue reading

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