UMG Revenues Up 18.6% To $2B In Q3 2019

Universal Music Group revenue was up an impressive 18.6% for a total of $2 billion last quarter. The jump was driven by streaming and merchandise revenue along with the releases by superstars like Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. Highlights Universal Music Group’s (UMG) revenues amounted to €3,258 million,… Continue Reading

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Meditation App Calm Names UMG Exec Head Of Music

Popular sleep and meditation app Calm and has named its first head of Music, Courtney Phillips, UMG’s former Director of Brand Partnerships. And don’t for a minute that Phillips made is to bring more sleep-inducing instrumental music to the platform. Working closely with Calm’s leadership and content teams, Phillips will… Continue Reading

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Remembering Digial Music Pioneer Jay Frank: His Hypebot Articles & Interviews

UMG senior executive Jay Frank, who passed away this week, was a digital music visionary. Frank often understood streaming’s long term effects on artists and the music industry years before the rest of us. To celebrate Jay and share a fraction of his insights, we’ve compiled a sampling of his… Continue Reading

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Universal launches Def Jam South East Asia and Astralwerks Asia

Announcements coincided with the official opening of UMG’s new regional headquarters for South East Asia, in Singapore’s arts and heritage district
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Blink-182 Exits BMG For Columbia Records: Is The Major Label Exodus Now A Revolving Door?

Is the much-touted exodus by established artists from major labels to indies and artist services firms about to become a revolving door? It’s too early to call it a trend, but former major label act Blink-182 has now exited BMG and inked a deal with Sony Music’s Columbia for their… Continue Reading

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1 In 4 Albums Sold In US Last Week Were Taylor Swift’s Lover

Taylor Swift’s Lover sold 679,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 29th, according to Nielson Soundscan and Billboard. That is 27% of the total of all albums sold in the U.S. last week. Overall, 2.487 million total albums sold last week in the US across all formats of albums: CDs,… Continue Reading

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Taylor Swift’s Lover Passes 3 Million Equivalent Sales

Team Taylor made sure the superstar was everywhere last week and their efforts are paying off. Taylor Swift scored the top-selling album of 2019 less than 48 hours after release, but that was just the beginning. Tracks from Lover have been streamed almost 650 million times on Spotify as of… Continue Reading

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Tencent Music Label Deals Probed By Chinese Regulators

The deals that Tencent Music Entertainment has with record labels are under investigation by the State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antitrust authority. The probe could end the exclusive licensing deals that Tencent has with Sony Music, UMG, WMG and others. Tencent Music has cut exclusive deals for China and… Continue Reading

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