Universal Music Group

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Universal Music Group (also known in the United States as UMG Recordings, Inc. and abbreviated as UMG) is an American global music corporation that is a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi.wikipedia
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Warner Music Group

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It is considered one of the "Big Three" music companies, along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group.
It is one of the "big three" recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, after Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME).

Decca Records

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The company's origins go back to the formation of the American branch of Decca Records in September 1934.
Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group, which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in Paris.

MCA Inc.

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MCA Inc. merged with American Decca in 1962.
Its other legal successor is Universal Studios Holding I Corp, a holding company owned by Vivendi, who also owns its former music assets through Universal Music Group (which has absorbed PolyGram) and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Music industry

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Universal Music Group (also known in the United States as UMG Recordings, Inc. and abbreviated as UMG) is an American global music corporation that is a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi.
In the 2000s, a majority of the music market is controlled by three major corporate labels: the French-owned Universal Music Group, the Japanese-owned Sony Music Entertainment, and the US-owned Warner Music Group.

Record label

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It is considered one of the "Big Three" music companies, along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group.
As of 2012, there are only three labels that can be referred to as "major labels" (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group).

Lucian Grainge

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Former chairman/CEO of Universal Music International Lucian Grainge was promoted to CEO of the company.
Sir Lucian Charles Grainge (born 29 February 1960) is the chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group.

Spotify

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In 2008, Universal Music Group agreed to make its catalog available to Spotify, then a new streaming service, for use outside the U.S. on a limited basis.
In 2017, as part of its efforts to renegotiate license deals for an interest in going public, Spotify announced that artists would be able to make albums temporarily exclusive to paid subscribers if the albums are part of Universal Music Group or the Merlin Network.

Doug Morris

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Doug Morris stepped down from his position as CEO on January 1, 2011.
He previously served as chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Group from 1995 to 2011 and Sony Music Entertainment from 2011 to 2017.

Max Hole

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With Grainge's appointment as CEO at UMG, Max Hole was promoted to COO of UMGI, effective July 1, 2010.
Christopher Charles Maximilian (Max) Hole CBE (born 26 May 1951) is chairman and CEO of UMGI (International division of Universal Music Group) since 1 January 2013.

Sony Music

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It is considered one of the "Big Three" music companies, along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group.
Sony Music Entertainment is the second largest of the "Big Three" record companies, behind Universal Music Group and ahead of Warner Music Group.

EMI Classics

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UMG divested Mute Records, Parlophone, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Jazzland, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition.
Following the European Commission's approval of the takeover of EMI Group by Universal Music in September 2012, EMI Classics was listed for divestment.

Idols (franchise)

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Starting in 2011 UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M Records began signing contestants from American Idol/Idol series.
Since 2011, Universal Music Group replaced Sony Music Entertainment as the general record company associated and affiliated with the Idols format in most countries.

NBCUniversal

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In May 2004, Universal Music Group was cast under separate management from Universal Studios, when French media conglomerate Vivendi sold 80% of the latter to General Electric, who subsequently merged it with NBC to form NBCUniversal.
Universal Music Group was not included in the deal and is not part of NBC Universal.

Island Records

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The Beatles catalogue was transferred to UMG's newly formed Calderstone Productions, while Williams' catalogue was transferred to Island Records. Island Records and Def Jam now operate as autonomous record labels.
Island Records is a record label owned by Universal Music Group.

Capitol Music Group

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In November 2012, Steve Barnett was appointed chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group.
Capitol Music Group (abbreviated as CMG) is an American front line umbrella label owned by the Universal Music Group (UMG).

Virgin Classics

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UMG divested Mute Records, Parlophone, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Jazzland, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition.
The unit, along with EMI Classics, was acquired by Universal Music in 2012 as part of the takeover of the EMI Group, however the terms of the European Commission's September 2012 approval of the takeover requires divestment of the classical labels which were sold on 7 February 2013 to Warner Music Group.

EMI

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Universal Music Group completed their acquisition of EMI on September 28, 2012.
Citigroup's ownership was temporary, as EMI announced in November 2011 that it would sell its music arm to Vivendi's Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and its publishing business to a Sony/ATV consortium for around $2.2 billion.

Now That's What I Call Music!

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UMG divested Mute Records, Parlophone, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Jazzland, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition.
Now That's What I Call Music! (often shortened to Now!) is a series of various artists compilation albums released in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Sony Music and Universal Music (Universal/Sony Music) which began in 1983.

Motown

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On April 2, 2013, the gospel music divisions of Motown Records and EMI merged to form a new label called Motown Gospel.
Motown Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group.

American Idol

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Starting in 2011 UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M Records began signing contestants from American Idol/Idol series.
BMG/Sony (first through ninth seasons), UMG (tenth through fifteenth seasons), and Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records (sixteenth season onward) had the right of first refusal to sign contestants for three months after the season's finale.

Roxy Recordings

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UMG divested Mute Records, Parlophone, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Jazzland, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition.
It was bought by Universal Music Group in August 2011.

Parlophone

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UMG divested Mute Records, Parlophone, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Jazzland, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition.
On 28 September 2012, regulators approved Universal Music Group (UMG)'s planned acquisition of EMI on condition that its EMI Records group would be divested from the combined group.

Sanctuary Records

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UMG divested Mute Records, Parlophone, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Jazzland, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition.
On 15 June 2007 Universal Music Group announced it had reached an agreement to buy Sanctuary Records for £44.5 million.

Calderstone Productions

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The Beatles catalogue was transferred to UMG's newly formed Calderstone Productions, while Williams' catalogue was transferred to Island Records.
Calderstone Productions is the London-based subsidiary of Universal Music Group that administers the Beatles' recorded music output which was originally owned by EMI and released on EMI's Parlophone Records (in the United Kingdom)/Capitol Records (in the United States) (1962–1968) and the Beatles' own EMI-distributed Apple Records label (1968–1970).

Def Jam Recordings

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Island Records and Def Jam now operate as autonomous record labels.
Def Jam Recordings is an American record label focused predominantly on hip hop, pop, and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group.