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Universal Music Group (UMG) is the global music leader with strong market positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.


Universal Music Group & Brands

Universal Music Group & Brands (UMG&B) is the global brand partnership and new business development arm of Universal Music Group. UMG&B are music and partnership experts, creating innovative, tailor-made business solutions for brands. UMG&B uses music and entertainment to create innovative and differentiated customer propositions with our partners to help them grow their business. UMG&B is a one-stop shop developing innovative endorsements, sponsorships, premium deals, and strategic marketing partnerships.


Record Labels

UMG’s strength and legacy of music flows from a diverse family of record labels which include: A&M Records, 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 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, Virgin Records, and Virgin EMI Records.


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 MiserablesMan 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.


Music Catalog

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, Neil Diamond, 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, Steve Miller,  Nirvana, Tom Petty, The Police, Queen, Smokey Robinson, Rolling Stones, Kenny Rogers, Rush, Frank Sinatra, Smashing Pumpkins, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, 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 center adding value through marketing initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and international markets.


Music Publishing

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 Bieber, 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, Al Green, Axl Rose, Jimi Hendrix, Hunter Hayes, Imagine Dragons, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, R. Kelly, B.B. King, Linkin Park, Henry Mancini, Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Randy Newman, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, 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.



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 with over 5.5 billion monthly views globally.  Vevo brings a library of 100,000 HD music videos, exclusive original programming and live concert performances. Viewers can watch on-demand through vevo.com the mobile web and apps for mobile/tables and TVs, or through VEVOTV, the always-on broadcast-style music and video channels built by expert human programmers. Additionally, Vevo syndicates its catalogue to hundreds of sites across the web giving music fans the option to view programming anywhere, anytime. Vevo’s massive scale and reach has attracted more than 900 brand marketers since its launch in 2009.  Vevo was created in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and the Abu Dhabi Media Company.



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.


Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business at Universal Music Group

joins Ian Rogers in the studio to talk about UMG's gobal initiatives in the digital music space.

The conversation includes streaming services, the difficulties various international music markets present, what entrepreneurs should know when approaching and doing business with UMG or their like, and finally, what new services and music Rob loves right now!

The office of Universal Music Group in New York

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Website www.universalmusic.com
Headquarters Santa Monica, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Media
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

For this company, music really is the universal language. Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world's largest recording company, boasting about 20 record labels including Island Def Jam, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Verve Music Group, Motown Records, and UMG Nashville. Its popular artists include Sheryl Crow, Sting, and U2, among many others. Its Universal Music Publishing Group is the world's largest music publishing house, with more than a million copyrights under its control. UMG also owns the largest catalog of recorded music in the world. Its Universal Music Group... More

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