Varied Roster of Artists Reach #1 on Multiple Classical & Jazz Charts; UMC Nabs Coveted #1 On Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Chart

New York, NY, June 17, 2015  — Universal Music Classics (UMC), the division that represents quality and diversity in multiple genres has taken hold of top spots on multiple Billboard Charts throughout June.  UMC has achieved noteworthy #1 debuts for the following artists and their new releases:

 Snarky Puppy –  Sylva:

#1 Heatseeker, #1 Top Current Jazz Album, #1 Contemporary Jazz Album

The Tenors – Under One Sky:

#1 Classical Overall

#1 Classical Crossover

The Monks of Norcia – Benedicta

#1 Classical Traditional

An eclectic, revitalized division within Universal Music Group, UMC is committed to the best that “classics” stands for – music rooted in the classical tradition, while also encompassing contemporary, jazz, world, Broadway and more.  UMC aims to “re-imagine classics,” with their own U.S. based A&R signings, as well as being the home for the venerable Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury Classics imprints in America.

Sobol, who began at the company two years ago, comments, “Our team passionately believes that the public is hungry for unique, compelling, quality music.  And that is validated when a band like Snarky Puppy debuts as #1 Heatseeker.  It’s UMC’s mission to continue broadening and cultivating our relationship with fans who are excited about the music we have to offer.  It’s tremendously gratifying to see consumers embracing a wide spectrum of UMC releases.”

UMC was named Billboard’s #1 Classical Traditional Label of 2014, and also saw the cultivation of a new stable of artists including Time For Three, Hot Sardines and the chart-topping Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles — each with their own impressive achievements. The Benedictine Nuns were a media sensation and Soundscan’s #1 Classical Traditional Artist 3 years in a row (2012, 2013, 2014).  Additionally, their albums Angels and Saints at Ephesus and Lent at Ephesus were Billboard’s Top Traditional Classical Albums of 2013 and 2014 respectively.   The Hot Sardines’ record was selected by iTunes as one of 2014’s Best Jazz Albums and became a fixture on Billboard’s Jazz Chart. Time for Three’s self-titled UMC debut spent 7 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart among such superstars as Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling.