April 8, 2013 |
Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, and Universal Music Group have entered a multiyear, worldwide partnership, the companies announced Monday. The venture will allow the Roc Nation music label to operate as a standalone within the UMG family -- the largest music company -- effective immediately. As part of the agreement, forthcoming albums from Jay-Z, Rihanna and others will be released through UMG worldwide, according to the announcement. “This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation's artists -- being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major,” Jay-Z, who founded the entertainment company in 2008, said in a statement.
September 22, 2012 |
Regulators in the U.S. and Europe on Friday approved Universal Music Group's $1.9-billion acquisition of EMI Group Ltd.'s music division, giving the Los Angeles-based music company control of the Beatles music catalog and the iconic Abbey Road studios in London, but forcing it to divest interest in the music of Coldplay. The merger will create an even larger global music conglomerate and put the vast majority of commercially released music into the hands of three international giants: the Universal, Sony and Warner music groups.
September 6, 2012 |
The European Commission's competition committee is scheduled Friday to deliberate whether it will approve Universal Music Group's proposed $2.2-billion merger with EMI Music, according to industry officials. If approved by antitrust regulators in Europe and the U.S., the deal would create the world's largest record company, with a market share of nearly 40%. Even so, traditional record labels don't wield as much power as they once did in prior decades when they controlled the physical distribution of music to retail stores.
August 7, 2012
Universal Music Group is the largest of the four major record companies, and its proposed purchase of EMI Music would make it even larger. With piracy rampant and a handful of big retailers responsible for much of the remaining sales, Universal argues that there's no harm in letting it swallow up EMI, by far the smallest of the major labels in the United States. But the online music stores and services such as Spotify that are helping the industry regain its footing could be harmed if the merger lets the newly combined companies command disproportionate licensing fees.
July 27, 2012 |
Universal Music Group has submitted a proposal to the European Commission to sell off major assets in exchange for regulatory approval for its proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Recorded Music, the company said. Because the deal would reduce the number of major record labels to three from four, regulators around the globe have launched antitrust reviews to determine whether the combined company would wield too much market power. To appease European Union officials, who have insisted that Universal's market share not exceed 40% in any EU country, the Los Angeles music giant has devised a plan to sell off key properties. Roger Faxon, EMI's chief executive, on Friday gave a detailed list of the assets to be sold in a memo to employees that was obtained by The Times.
July 26, 2012 |
BMG Rights Management has raised its hand as a potential buyer for Parlophone Records, a boutique record label in Britain whose artists include Coldplay, Chemical Brothers and Sigur Ros, according to a music executive familiar with the discussions. BMG is the latest to express a desire to purchase any assets that Universal Music Group divests to secure the approval of European antitrust regulators for its proposed $1.9-billion acquisition of EMI. That deal would reduce the number of major record labels in the world to three from four.