UNIVERSAL MUSIC AND LINFAIR RECORDS TO BREAK TOP TAIWANESE ARTISTS IN CHINA
MAINLAND MUSIC FANS ARE OFFERED MORE CHINESE-LANGUAGE POP CHOICES
Beijing, China, July 16, 2007 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music company, will promote and distribute Taiwanese pop artists signed to Linfair Records throughout China, in a new agreement announced today by Hung Tik, Managing Director of Universal Music China and Hong Kong.
Established in 1961 by Linfair Chang, Linfair Records is currently one of Taiwan’s most dynamic independent labels and is known for breaking new, up-and-coming young talent. Linfair’s artists, such as singer/actress Angela Chang, nominated for Best Female Singer at the 2007 Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, and “new generation” singers Fan Fan, Claire Kuo and Freya Lin, are finding incredible popularity on the Chinese Mainland. United by the Mandarin language, spoken in China and Taiwan, “Mando-pop” music easily transcends cross-straits boundaries.
Universal Music and Linfair Records are long-time partners, having collaborated together since the 1960s. The latest agreement, which is effective immediately, is a third contract renewal, which features three main components: * Universal Music will continue to distribute Linfair Records catalogue in Taiwan, as well as market, distribute and sell in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand; * Universal Music will now also distribute and sell Linfair’s Mandarin-language repertoire in China; * Universal Music will continue the Decca Label Group license agreement with Linfair Records, to manufacture, market and sell products in Taiwan.
Says Hung Tik: “Linfair’s artists are some of the best in Taiwan and China right now. We are proud to work with them, and help them gain even more exposure on the Mainland. By promoting more and more great repertoire in China, we hope to expand the local music scene and ultimately develop more local talent.”
Denver Chang, Chairman of Linfair Records, said: “We’ve had a very long, close relationship with Universal Music, since 1961. It is an exciting prospect to keep on growing together, especially into the China market, and to expose Linfair’s fresh, young artists to Mainland music fans.”
Max Hole, President, Asia Pacific, Universal Music Group International, said: “We believe that offering more music and more choice in China is positive for the fans, the artists and the market as a whole. Universal Music has a long history with Linfair Records in Taiwan and South East Asia, so it’s fantastic to be able to work on the China market together.”
The latest agreement is part of UMG’s long-term strategy to strengthen its presence in China’s fast-expanding music market. Recent partnerships – such as with Beijing’s Dong Music International and Shanghai’s Tian Yun record labels, as well as last year’s signing of Dao Lang’s Gau Yu label from Xinjiang – are part of UMG’s overall vision to find and develop the best talent in China. UMG’s joint venture with the Shanghai Media Group, SUM Entertainment, was set up in 2004 and currently has 12 artists on its award-winning roster.
Universal Music China: www.umusic.com.cn
Linfair Records Taiwan: www.linfairrecords.com
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