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13 Facts About Universal Music
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 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 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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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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