Universal Music Group

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Universal Music Group, Inc.

legal form Incorporated
founding 1995
Seat Santa Monica , California , United States
United StatesUnited States 
management Lucian Grainge ( CEO )
Number of employees 8.319
sales $ 7.1 billion (2018)
Branch entertainment
Website universal-music.de

The Universal Music Group ( UMG ) is the largest of the three major labels alongside Sony Music and the Warner Music Group . It has the world's largest share of the music market with 32.8% in 2016.

It emerged in 1995 from the takeover of the Music Corporation of America (MCA) by Seagram and the acquisition of PolyGram in 1998. Universal Music has been a subsidiary of the French media group Vivendi since 2000 . Universal Music was originally the music label of the film studio Universal Pictures founded by Carl Lämmle .

The business field is divided into four areas: Recorded Music, Music Publishing & Artist Services and Merchandising.

Affiliated record labels

In November 2011 Universal Music bought the label EMI Music for 1.9 billion euros. In addition to the EMI Group, which also includes the record label Virgin Records , Universal Music currently includes the recording companies Capitol Records , Motown Record Company , Verve Music Group , Mercury Nashville, Interscope Records , Island Def Jam Records , Republic Records , Polydor , Urban, Koch International and Deutsche Grammophon .

Classical music publishers in the group

Numerous important music publishers in the classical area have merged into the Universal Music Group. These include Casa Ricordi , Editio Musica Budapest, Durand-Salabert-Eschig ( Paris ) and the programs of the publishers Otto Junne ( Leipzig ), Robert Forberg (Leipzig / Bonn ) and others.

Musicians (selection)

The Universal Music Group has the rights to the works of many musicians, including:

Universal Music Germany

Universal Music in Berlin on the Spree on the right in the picture (on the left the Oberbaum Bridge )

Universal Music GmbH, the German subsidiary of the Universal Music Group, relocated its German headquarters in 2002 from Hamburg to Berlin - Friedrichshain to the Eierkühlhaus . The managing director of Universal Music GmbH has been Frank Briegmann since July 1, 2004 . His predecessor, Tim Renner, left the company in early 2004. Frank Briegmann has not only been Managing Director of Universal Music Germany since June 15, 2010, but also President of Universal Music Austria, Universal Music Switzerland, the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe as well as Deutsche Grammophon. Universal Music Germany took over the majority of the Berlin merchandise company Bravado Merchandise GmbH in November 2007.

Founding participation in the music business bachelor's degree

In 2003, the German branch in Berlin was a founding partner of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg . The aim of the commitment is the well-founded training of future management trainees within the framework of the bachelor's degree in music business.

Art on the Universal site

The work of art "April 13, 1981" / Police grid by Olaf Metzel , which was erected in 1987/88 as part of the 750th anniversary of the European Capital of Culture in 1988, as part of the sculpture boulevard , in the city of West Berlin , on the corner of Joachimstaler Platz and Kurfürstendamm . was removed from the old location and moved to the depot for a few years. In November 2001 it was rebuilt next to the Eierkühlhaus on Stralauer Allee, which Universal Music moved to shortly afterwards.

Web links

Commons : Universal Music Group  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Universal Music Group. Retrieved August 28, 2019 (American English).
  2. vivendi.com: Annual Report 2018
  3. Universal Music Group 2018 Earnings: Revenue Tops $ 7.1B as Streaming Spikes 31 Percent. Retrieved August 28, 2019 .
  4. de.statista.com: record companies
  5. UMG annual report 2008, p. 27
  6. Music label EMI is smashed. Sony buys music rights. Thomson Reuters, November 12, 2011, accessed July 19, 2012 .
  7. http://www.universal-music.de/company/management/frank-briegmann
  8. http://www.bravado.de/p26/impressum/index.html
  9. 750-year celebration of Berlin's systematic struggle in front of the Kranzler Werner van Bebber Der Tagesspiegel June 30, 2007
  10. Olaf Metzel: April 13, 1981
  11. berlinsidewalk.com April 13, 1981 by Olaf Metzel
  12. ^ Sculpture Boulevard on berlin.de