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  Universal Music Group vs. Music Listeners - The Digital Music Weblog
Assuming most children the age of Sean Ryan's will own a portable media device (at least one) in their lives and, assuming that Universal Music Group gets a buck for each player sold (as they wish to do, and are doing in the case of Zune) then, the tax has already been passed.
What UMG has done is lay the first piece of framework for putting the kibosh on the democratization of the music industry.
A $1 fee collected by UMG on a portable media player (that may or may not sell well) is not the end of the democratization of the music industry.
digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com /2006/11/14/universal-music-group-vs-music-listeners   (1396 words)

 Universal Music Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest business group and family of record labels in the record industry.
"Universal Music" was once the music company attached to film studio Universal Pictures; its history is long and complex [1], which was merged with NBC to form NBC Universal, with Vivendi SA retaining a 20 percent stake.
In the United States UMG is located in Santa Monica, California, and New York City, New York and in the Uk a number of offices in London.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Universal_Music_Group   (418 words)

 Universal Music cuts CD prices up to 30% - Sep. 4, 2003
Universal Music Group said Wednesday it is cutting the suggested retail price of its compact discs to $12.98 from current prices ranging from $16.98 to $18.98.
Universal Music Group is the world's and the nation's largest music company, with almost as much U.S. market share as No. 2 Warner Music and No. 3 BMG combined.
It is a unit of French media conglomerate Vivendi Universal (V: Research, Estimates) but is not one of the Vivendi Universal entertainment assets included in the recently announced purchase by General Electric Co. (GE: Research, Estimates).
money.cnn.com /2003/09/04/news/international/universal_cds   (613 words)

 Verve Music Group Buzz - Fresh News - Universal Music Group Garners Grammy Gold   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
About Universal Music Group Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries.
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 Strategic Marketing and Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.).
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /buzz.aspx?bid=111   (170 words)

 Vivendi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vivendi SA (formerly known as Vivendi Universal) is a French conglomerate active in media and communications with activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications and the Internet.
Vivendi Universal was created in December of 2000 with the massive merger of the Vivendi media empire with Canal+ television networks and the Canadian company Seagram, the owner of Universal Studios film company.
The Vivendi Universal Entertainment branch merged with NBC to form NBC Universal, with VU retaining a 20 percent stake.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vivendi_Universal   (1325 words)

 Invu : Case Studies : Universal Music Group
Universal Music International is the division of UMG that operates in countries outside of North America.
UMG is the global market leader and the leader in 65% of the markets where it operates including the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, and Australia.
UMG needed to ensure it adopted a system that met the initial criteria of efficiency and could be further adapted to fit in with global accounting.
www.invu.net /case_studies/universal_music.aspx   (445 words)

 Universal Music Group
UMG embraces a vast array of artists covering the full spectrum of music around the world and is a leader in both international and local repertoire.
Universal Music Classics Group controls the world’s leading Broadway catalog and contemporary and classic cast albums under the Decca Broadway label with such titles as Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Boy From Oz, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, Man From La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot, and Sunset Boulevard.
Universal Music Mobile (UMM) is the first significant commitment by a major music company to capitalize upon the convergence of the mobile phone market with the worldwide demand for music and entertainment content on portable devices.
new.umusic.com /overview.aspx   (1178 words)

 Universal Music Group (UMG)
UMG's recorded music business is the largest in the world with particularly strong positions in the important North American and European markets, which together account for nearly three quarters of global sales.
UMG acquires rights to musical compositions (as opposed to recordings) in order to license them for use in recordings and related uses, such as in films, advertisements or live performances.
UMG led the industry in 2005 in establishing a business model for music video assets in which rights holders and artists are paid for free-to-consumer video streams viewed via portals such as Yahoo!, AOL and MSN.
www.vivendi.com /corp/en/subsidiaries/index_music.php   (409 words)

 Vivendi Universal Investor Relations
Present in 77 countries, UMG had 25.5% of the worldwide market (source: IFPI): in 2004, more than one out of every four albums sold worldwide was a UMG album – over one in every four in the U.S. and approximately one in every three in France.
UMG is also the world leader in jazz and classical music with approximately 40% of classical music sales worldwide.
Through Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), UMG is the third music publisher after EMI and Warner Music Group with over one million owned or administered titles and with some of the world’s most popular songs, artists and songwriters.
finance.vivendiuniversal.com /finance/group_overview/key-business-music.htm   (293 words)

 Universal Music Publishing Group Latin America
Universal Music Group consists of: Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Universal Records, Verve Music Group, Universal Classics and Universal Music Enterprises as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world.
Universal also assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the Site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the Site.
Universal reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with Universals defense of such claim.
www.umpglatin.com /dsp_privacy.asp   (2704 words)

 JOHN ECHEVARRIA NAMED PRESIDENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC LATINO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.).
Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its division dedicated to strategy, business development, and management of new businesses in the online and advanced technology space.
www.polygram.com /static/press/08222001.htm   (424 words)

 Apple in talks to buy Universal Music Group – report | The Register
Universal is a prime candidate for a sale, either in parts - music, movies, theme parks - or as a whole.
Universal is the world's largest music label, accounting for around 25 per cent of world CD sales.
Ownership of Universal would certainly be a major departure for Apple, but it's not beyond the bounds of reason.
www.theregister.co.uk /content/39/30209.html   (1044 words)

 Universal Music Group
Univision Music Group, the only Latin record company headquartered in Los Angeles, is a subsidiary of Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE:UVN), the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States.
Univision Music Group is a leading Latin music recording and publishing company in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with a 35% market share according to the RIAA’s shipment data.
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries.
www.universalmusic.com /News.aspx?NewsId=140   (678 words)

 Universal Music Group will lay off 800 worldwide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Universal Music Group will lay off 800 staffers from its worldwide work force of 12,200.
UMG chairman and CEO Doug Morris said in an interview that the cuts are a result of the effects that piracy -- namely, illegal downloading -- has had on the music business.
UMG began its first cost-cutting phase at the beginning of the year, which resulted in 250 layoffs in North America and 300 internationally.
www.hollywoodreporter.com /thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2003640   (326 words)

 Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group, poised to take full advantage of a huge broadband audience that is rapidly increasing, will kick-off its debut line-up of high-speed programming beginning on August 29
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 UM (outside the U.S.).
Universal Music Group is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and spirits and wine company.
www.universalmusic.com /News.aspx?NewsId=46   (853 words)

 Universal Backs Free Music Rival to iTunes - New York Times
Though the venture is not the first to try a free, ad-supported approach, the backing of Universal, with millions of songs in its catalog from thousands of artists like Eminem and Gwen Stefani, Elton John and Gloria Estefan, Count Basie and Hank Williams, promises to give it instant credibilty and scale.
The announcement reflects the music industry’s eagerness to experiment with various digital business models and to find a way to overcome piracy and illegal copying, which remains a big problem despite the record companies’ efforts to enforce their copyrights in court.
Kent is a former chief executive of Universal McCann, a media-buying unit of the Interpublic Group that is not connected to Universal Music.
www.nytimes.com /2006/08/29/business/29cnd-music.html?ex=1314504000&en=e839ce9c8b1fbabb&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (944 words)

 Universal Music Publishing Group Concludes Landmark, Historical Publishing Deals With Two Strategic Signings
Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's music embodies a true treasure trove that UMPG is proud to represent and we look forward to aggressively promoting their catalogs." Paul Connolly said, "Elton John and Bernie Taupin encompass one of the most prolific and influential songwriting teams ever -- they are true legends.
Signed as a recording artist to Universal Music Group's Island Records and Mercury Records U.K., he maintains extraordinary levels of popularity and accomplishment, evidenced by his recent albums, Peachtree Road (2004), Songs From The West Coast (2001) and One Night Only (2000).
About Universal Music Publishing Group With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.
www.prnewswire.com /cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-28-2005/0004223654&EDATE=   (871 words)

UMG will introduce a new pricing policy with the aim of bringing music fans back into retail stores and driving music sales.
As part of this new policy, UMG’s labels plan to significantly increase their direct-to-consumer advertising to raise music fans’ awareness of the artists and their music.
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries.
www.jivemagazine.com /post.php?pid=471&mpid=&cpid=471&m=3   (539 words)

 Universal Music Group Trying Digital Only Releases
Universal Music Group has begun an experiment with a handful of small artists by signing them to a digital-only label – Universal Music Enterprises Digital.
Universal won’t be funding the recording of their albums or giving them an advance.
After the license time expires for Universal, the artist is free to license the song without having to go through Universal, who normally would take a cut from their profits.
www.avrev.com /news/1204/6.universal.html   (600 words)

 Universal Music Group settles payola charges - MUSIC - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
"UMG has obtained airplay for its songs through such deceptive and illegal practices as bribing radio station employees, on occasion, to play UMG songs, providing a stream of financial benefits to radio stations, to assist with stations' overhead costs or to provide promotional support, on condition that UMG records receive airplay," Spitzer stated.
UMG e-mails showed WFLY asked UMG to provide an airplane trip to Madrid to see U2 perform last year, but required assigning the better seats to the program director and less expensive seats to contest winners, according to the court filing.
UMG has a nearly 26 percent share of the world market and sells one in three albums sold in the United States, according to the court filing.
msnbc.msn.com /id/12740147   (890 words)

 Universal Music Group deal with Zune sets a dangerous precedent - Project Opus
UMG's announcement that they will receive a fee for every Zune sold is scary to say the least.
Universal Music Group chief executive Doug Morris said the payment the company will receive for each Zune player sold is one way to make up for some of the lost revenue from pirated music.
He owned what they are doing, acknowledged the UMG deal and offered himself (and Microsoft) up to being able to do it better, smarter, or simply any way that is actually relevant to what is happening in the industry.
www.projectopus.com /node/9786   (1807 words)

 DVD-Audio News: Universal Music Group Announce DVD-Audio Release Schedule [HFR]
Universal have announced their upcoming DVD-Audio release schedule, and it looks like a veritable who’s who of big name artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Elton John, Shania Twain, Steely Dan, Sting and The Who.
The news heralds Universal Music Group’s first American DVD-Audio releases, which are slated to begin appearing on shelves from September 23rd onwards.
Universal Music Group call themselves the “world’s leading music company”, so their support of DVD-Audio, alongside their current SACD release schedule, will be considered as excellent news for all supporters of high-resolution audio, and especially those of DVD-Audio.
www.highfidelityreview.com /news/news.asp?newsnumber=13480602   (844 words)

 Universal Music Group Acquires Rondor Music, International Publishing Company Owned By Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This significant acquisition by Universal Music Group creates a new home for Rondor Music, which will continue to operate as a free standing creative operation in the U.S. and U.K. Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music, will report to Mr.
With over 40 offices in 36 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is one of the music industry’s largest music publishing operations.
UMPG is part of the Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world.
www.umusic.com /static/press/08022000.htm   (852 words)

 Universal Music France - disques et artistes du label de musique
Universal Music bénéficie aujourd'hui de son propre média.
UMG est particulièrement présent sur les répertoires locaux : environ 60 % des ventes mondiales sont réalisées sur le marché d'origine des artistes.
Universal Music France fait partie des 5 majors (dont Sony Music, EMI Music, Warner Music, et BMG) qui se partagent actuellement 80 % du marché musical en France et se positionne comme la plus puissante des majors du marché français puisqu'elle représente 36 % de celui-ci.
www.universalmusic.fr /servlet/FrontGoodiesServlet?action=view&idtype=5   (648 words)

 Universal Music said to buy BMG Music Publishing for $2.05 billion - Pravda.Ru   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group has reached a tentative agreement with German media company Bertelsmann AG to acquire BMG Music Publishing for $2.05 billion (¢1.6 billion), a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday.
The agreement was expected to be signed as early as Wednesday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the confidential nature of the negotiations.
Universal edged out a number of rival bidders for the publishing unit, the person said, reports AP.
english.pravda.ru /news/world/06-09-2006/84280-music-0   (340 words)

 USATODAY.com - Universal Music Group launches Net music service   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
UMG, the largest of the five major record companies, will make about 1,000 of its 11,000 albums available to subscribers who pay between $10 and $15 a month.
UMG executives want to see if the music service can actually boost sales inside stores, or whether it ends up cannibalizing physical sales.
To battle the peer-to-peer sites the five major recording firms should offer their entire music libraries — some 80% of all recorded music in existence — to their customers over the Internet, the congressman said.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2002/07/09/universal-music.htm   (492 words)

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