13 Facts About Universal Music


Universal Music represents artists such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West, and has partnered with retailers including Barneys, Bloomingdale's and Selfridges.

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In 2008, Universal Music Group agreed to make its catalog available to Spotify, then a new streaming service, for use outside the U S on a limited basis.

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Universal Music Group entered into film and TV production with the 2014 purchase of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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UMG Executive Vice President Michele Anthony and Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson have oversight of the pair.

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In March 2016, Universal Music Canada donated the archives of EMI Music Canada to the University of Calgary.

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In December 2017, Universal Music Group acquired Stiff and ZTT labels, along with Perfect Songs Publishing, from Trevor Horn's SPZ Group; BMG Rights Management, through Union Square Music subsidiary, retained its back catalogues.

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In June 2018, Universal Music Japan announced an exclusive license agreement with Disney Music Group.

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In January 2022, UMG acquired the Icelandic record label Alda Universal Music, which owned the rights to nearly 80 percent of all music released in Iceland.

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In February 2022, Universal Music Group announced a partnership with Curio, an NFT platform, to create NFT collections for its record labels and artists.

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Universal Music Group co-developed with Google Vevo, a site designed for music videos inspired by Hulu.

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Capitol Universal Music Group is headquartered at the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood.

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Universal Music Group operates a secondary office in Woodland Hills that includes finance, royalty, and operations functions.

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In May 2006, an investigation led by then New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, concluded with a determination that Universal Music Group bribed radio stations to play songs from Ashlee Simpson, Brian McKnight, Big Tymers, Nick Lachey, Lindsay Lohan and other performers under Universal labels.

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