UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the global music leader with strong market positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.
The recorded music business discovers and develops recording artists and then markets and promotes their music across a wide array of formats and platforms. UMG's music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing Group, discovers and develops songwriters, and owns and administers copyrights to musical compositions for use in recordings, public performances, and related uses, such as films and advertisements. Bravado, UMG’s merchandising company, sells artist and music branded products via multiple sales points including online, fashion retail, and live performances.
UMG’s strength and legacy of music flows from a diverse family of record labels which include: A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Show Dog–Universal Music, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, and Virgin Records.
UMG’s roster is comprised of artists covering the full spectrum of music around the world, making UMG the leader in both international and local repertoire. Artists signed to UMG throughout the world include:
North America: Akon, All American Rejects, Erykah Badu, The Band Perry, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Luke Bryan, Colbie Caillat, Mariah Carey, Priyanka Chopra, Lana Del Rey, Drake, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Melissa Etheridge, Far East Movement, Fergie, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, The Game, Vince Gill, Il Volo, Imagine Dragons, Jessie J, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, The Killers, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, LMFAO, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Madonna, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Nelly, Ne-Yo, No Doubt, Frank Ocean, Of Monsters And Men, OneRepublic, Katy Perry, Phillip Phillips, Psy, Lionel Richie, Rihanna, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Gwen Stefani, Sting, George Strait, Sugarland, 30 Seconds to Mars, 3 Doors Down, Timbaland, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and will.i.am. Through an arrangement with Hollywood Records, UMG also distributes Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez and the Scene. Through an arrangement with Concord, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and James Taylor; and through an arrangement with Big Machine, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift.
Europe: Afrojack, Avicii, Bastille, David Bisbal, Bjork (outside North America), Black Sabbath, Marco Borsato, Sarah Brightman, Eric Clapton (outside North America), Cheryl Cole, Coti, Taio Cruz, Jamie Cullum, Sergio Dalma, Ilse Delange, Duffy, The Eagles, Elbow, Agnetha Faltskog, Mylene Farmer, Feist, Tiziano Ferro, Helen Fischer, Florence + The Machine, Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, Herbert Grönmeyer, PJ Harvey, Jamiroquai, Elton John, Jonas Brothers (outside of the US), Jovanotti, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Ronan Keating, Michael Kiwanuka, La Roux, Lena, Annie Lennox, Nolwyn Leroy, Amy MacDonald, Imelda May, Metallica (outside North America), Mika, Mumford & Sons (outside North America), Florent Pagny, Vanessa Paradis, Paco de Lucia, Pearl Jam (outside the US), Corinne Bailey Rae, Eros Rammazzotti, Rammstein, Rolling Stones, Rosario, Rosenstolz, Paulina Rubio, Emeli Sandé, Alejandro Sanz, Michel Sardou, Jay Sean, Bob Sinclar, Snow Patrol, Soundgarden, Rod Stewart, Swedish House Mafia, Take That, Tamara, Tiesto, Tokio Hotel, U2, Unheilig, Robbie Williams, Zazie, and Zucchero.
Latin America: Belanova, Belinda, Café Tacuba, Don Omar, Shaila Durcal, Paula Fernandes, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, Juan Gabriel, Seu Joerge, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Fanny Lu, Dulce Maria, Molotov, Zeca Pagodinho, Jenni Rivera, Sandy, Ivete Sangalo, Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Los Tigres del Norte, Gloria Trevi, Diego Torres, Caetano Veloso (outside North America), Wisin y Yandel, and Zoe.
Asia Pacific: AI, Beast, Birds of Tokyo, Sarah Blasko, Boy & Bear, Havana Brown, Eason Chan, Jacky Cheung, Kelly Chen, Che’Nelle, Cut Copy, Da Mouth, Sa Dingding, Dreams Come True, Karise Eden, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning, 4Minute/HyunA, Masaharu Fukuyama, Girls’ Generation, the Grates, GReeeeN, Missy Higgins, Hilltop Hoods, Utada Hikaru, Kim Hyun Joong, Kara, Sandy Lam, Fish Leong, Yumi Matsutoya, Karen Mok, Will Pan, Perfume, Powderfinger, The Presets, RADWIMOS, Sheena Ringo, SHINee, Sodagreen, Spitz, Alan Tam, Tame Impala, Hideaki Tokunaga, Hiromi Uehara, VAMPS, Washington, Gin Wigmore, Wolfmother, Van Ness Wu, Aska Yang, and Jane Zhang.
Classical & Jazz Repertoire, Broadway and Film Scores
UMG is the market leader in today’s highly competitive classical music market.
Universal Music’s classical labels includes the world’s longest-standing recording company and market leader, Deutsche Grammophon; the legendary Decca Records, which owns and controls the greatest opera catalog in the world; and a new imprint, Mercury Classics, dedicated to working with creative talents to bring a distinctive, fresh perspective to classical music. UMG also owns the venerable Philips Classics (now marketed under the Decca brand) and Mercury Living Presence catalogs, and distributes the adventurous ECM Records label in key markets worldwide.
Among the distinguished artists past and present represented on these labels are Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Cecilia Bartoli, Lisa Batiashvili, Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Bernstein, Andrea Bocelli, Alfie Boe, Pierre Boulez, Alfred Brendel, Joseph Calleja, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, David Garrett, Valery Gergiev, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Janine Jansen , Kiri Te Kanawa, Miloš Karadaglic, James Levine, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Anna Netrebko, Jessye Norman, Alice Sara Ott, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria João Pires, André Previn, André Rieu, Anoushka Shankar, Sir Georg Solti, Bryn Terfel, Herbert von Karajan, Rolando Villazón, Yuja Wang, Hayley Westenra, and Krystian Zimerman.
Universal Music includes the world’s leading Broadway catalog and contemporary recordings with such titles as Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Spring Awakening, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, Man Of La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera, and Spamalot. Original motion picture soundtracks include Gladiator, Pitch Perfect, Pulp Fiction, Les Miserables, and Mamma Mia, as well as such Oscar-winning scores as John Williams’ Schindler’s List, James Horner’s Braveheart, Gustavo Santaolalla’s Brokeback Mountain, and A.R. Rahman’s Slumdog Millionaire.
UMG owns the world's largest jazz recording companies: The Verve Music Group, which includes the premier jazz label Verve focusing on traditional jazz; contemporary jazz label GRP; and Impulse!, which focuses on reissues of its famed catalog; and Blue Note Records, the finest name in jazz since 1939. UMG’s unparalleled roster of current and catalog artists include Louis Armstrong, Anita Baker, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Michael Brecker, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Melody Gardot, Robert Glasper, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Ledisi, Joe Lovano, Loreena McKennitt, Wynton Marsalis, Thelonius Monk, Aaron Neville, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Nina Simone, Susan Tedeschi, and Lizz Wright.
Representing some of the most influential and legendary recording artists of the last 100 years, UMG has the most extensive catalog of music in the industry including: ABBA, Louis Armstrong, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Patsy Cline, John Coltrane, The Commodores, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Def Leppard, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Genesis (outside North America), Bebel Gilberto, Guns N’ Roses, Buddy Holly, INXS (outside North and South America), The Jackson Five, KISS, Peggy Lee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Mamas & The Papas, Bob Marley, Dean Martin, Nirvana, Tom Petty, The Police, Queen, Smokey Robinson, Rolling Stones, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Smashing Pumpkins, Cat Stevens, The Supremes, The Temptations, U2, Caetano Veloso Muddy Waters, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barry White, Hank Williams, The Who, and Amy Winehouse.
Music Catalog Management
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG. Working closely with all of the company’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technologies. Outside North America, the Universal Strategic Marketing division of Universal Music Group International works to maximize the profile and value of UMG’s catalogue in international markets. It acts as a service centre adding value through marketing initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and international markets.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a global leader in music publishing and represents music in every genre from some of the world’s hottest songwriters and catalogs including ABBA, Adele, Alex Da Kid, Lily Allen, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Justin Beiber, Leonard Bernstein, Bjork, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Ester Dean, Jorgen Elofsson, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Billy Joel, Juan Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, Hunter Hayes, Imagine Dragons, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, R. Kelly, The Killers, B.B. King, Linkin Park, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Randy Newman, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, 3 Doors Down, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Bill Withers among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Classical, Christian/Gospel, and Production Music. Additionally, UMPG plays a major role in film and TV, administering the music of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Studios, HBO, DreamWorks, NBC and Sesame Workshop, among others. For more information please visit http://www.umusicpub.com.
Bravado, the only global, 360 degree full-service merchandise company, develops and markets high-quality licensed merchandise to a worldwide audience. The company works closely with new & established entertainment clients, creating innovative products carefully tailored to each artist or brand. Product is sold on live tours, via selected retail outlets and through online stores. Now under the Universal Music Group umbrella, Bravado is able to leverage a global sales and distribution network from the world's largest record company, as well as the group's significant marketing strength. Bravado artists include The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Eminem, Nickelback, Katy Perry, Guns 'N Roses, Metallica, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Black Sabbath, among many others.
VEVO is the world’s leading all premium music video and entertainment platform. VEVO is available in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom through VEVO.com, the mobile web, Mobile and Tablet apps, connected television services, and user embeddable video players. VEVO TV, an always-on broadcast-style music and video channel, is also available in the US and Canada. In various territories, VEVO powers music videos on artist pages across Facebook, as well as syndicates to dozens of online sites. Additionally, through a special partnership with YouTube, VEVO is accessible in over 200 countries, expanding the platform’s reach around the globe. VEVO was created in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and the Abu Dhabi Media Company. It features the most extensive catalog of premium music content found anywhere on the web. Explore VEVO at http://www.vevo.com.
In the U.S., Universal Music Group Distribution manages the sales, marketing and distribution of Universal Music Group assets in all formats including digital, physical, streaming, subscription and mobile. The company has been the industry market share leader for the past fifteen years.
In some markets outside the U.S., UMG companies handle their own distribution and sales. In other markets UMG companies have sub-contracted services to third parties or entered into distribution joint ventures with other record companies.
For further information on Universal Music Group please visit http://www.umusic.com.