UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) NAMED #1 MOST VIEWED VIDEO CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE
UMG Channel Sets Record With Over 205 Million Views
Los Angeles, California, August 23, 2007 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has earned the #1 position on YouTube’s “Most Viewed – All Time” chart, making it YouTube’s most popular video channel, according to the worldwide video sharing network. In doing so, UMG earned over an unprecedented 205 Million views, surpassing such popular channels as CBS and NBC, among many others, by more than 40 million more views.
UMG also earned the #1 ‘Director – All Time’ and #1 ‘Partner – All Time’ titles, according to YouTube’s rankings.
The YouTube honors mark another record in a string of digital firsts for UMG: just last week, the UMG/Japan single, ‘Aiuta” (‘Love Song’) by GreeeeN, a quartet of Japanese medical students, became the first full-track mobile download to sell over one million copies. Moreover, SRC/Universal Motown recording artist Akon recently became the top selling mastertone artist of all time, with over 11 million mastertones. The songs, which include "Smack That" (certified by RIAA triple platinum), "Don’t Matter" (double platinum) and "I Wanna Love You" (double platinum) are from Akon’s double platinum sophomore album, “Konvicted.” Akon is also the only artist with three mastertone tracks that have hit multi-platinum status.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Label Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.