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Op-Ed: In period of streaming upheaval, Vevo shows intrinsic value

It's been an interesting quarter for streaming music. Platforms are growing, merging and partnering. Valuations are shooting up, plummeting and veering sideways. One company, Vevo, just keeps growing, despite losing its CEO and facing stiffer competition.

Merchbar adds $1 million in funding, enters web marketplace

Merchbar just raised $1 million in a seed funding round. But is the young, popular music merchandise app ready to make the leap to the web marketplace? Founder Edward Aten thinks it is.

SoundCloud joins billionaire club, but will it matter?

For all of its recent controversy over its business tactics, giant German music streaming platform SoundCloud seems to have emerged mostly unscathed. Let's take a closer look.

Media empire Vivendi looks to expand into emerging markets

Flush with cash from its recent sales of subsidiary properties, French multinational Vivendi SA is setting its sights to the south and east in order to further globalize its remaining properties.

Soundcloud announces $100 million in funding, plans to monetize

Once a haven for independent artists, SoundCloud has recently gone slightly corporate. With the $100 million in funding raised since 2007, the platform will now monetize using advertising, a premier tier and a subscription service.

With Rockbot investment, Universal adds another partnership

With its recent investment in social jukebox company Rockbot, Universal Music Group is continuing a trend of teaming with start-ups in the fledgling streaming music sector.

Op-Ed: With potential sale off the table, what's next for Vevo?

After months of rumors, reports and speculation, the music heavyweights behind major music video aggregator Vevo have removed the For Sale sign. Where does Vevo go from here? Digital Journal investigates:

Op-Ed: Could Pandora's deal with Merlin open door for major labels?

Pandora, the web's largest streaming music provider, is set to get even bigger after partnering directly with indie digital rights group Merlin. Will the major labels follow their independent counterpart?

Fallout from Apple’s Beats acquisition shakes industry

When Apple completed its $3 billion acquisition of headphone and streaming audio company Beats on Friday, August 1, the reverberations for both companies --— and the music industry as a whole — were felt far and wide.

Universal Music looks to YouTube for next stars

Call it the pursuit of low-hanging fruit. Call it the result of industry savvy. You can call Universal Music Group’s recent foray into the world of YouTube stardom whatever you want. For the company, though, these signings simply make good business sens

Op-Ed: Time to press pause on Soundcloud backlash

It's time to press pause on the backlash against Soundcloud and Universal Music Group after the pair have been accused of issuing takedown notices for copyrighted music.

Op-Ed: New Interscope CEO Janick poised to shine

John Janick, the man taking over for departing Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine, is poised to mirror — if not improve on — his predecessor's success.

Universal Music Int'l CEO: Asia holds key to industry’s future

In his recent keynote address at Music Matters in Singapore, Universal Music Group International CEO Max Hole told the audience of Asia's massive importance in the future of the music industry.

Streaming's stalling profits force record companies to diversify

Iggy Azalea recently achieved the rare feat of having the No. 1 and 2 songs on the Hot 100. Her parent company, Universal Music Group, is trying to match her success.

Apple acquires Beats in billion-dollar poach of CEO Jimmy Iovine

Since Apple splashed $3.2 billion in early May to acquire Beats Entertainment, rumors have swirled at the real motivations behind the deal. Lately, reports have surfaced pointing to a different deal-breaker: Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

Review: Enigma Classic Album Selection

As part of an extensive series of reissues, Universal Music has re-released groundbreaking albums from famed German experimentalists Enigma as an attractive five-CD box set.

Luke Bryan teams up to fight hunger with Yoplait Greek and UMG

Country superstar Luke Bryan is helping Yoplait Greek and Universal Music Group (UMG) fight hunger. He signed a guitar that will be auctioned off to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Jay-Z and Roc Nation partner with Universal Music Group

An announcement was made Monday confirming that Jay-Z and Roc Nation have signed a multi-year deal with Universal Music Group.

Major Music Labels Await YouTube Content Filtering System

Major labels are now awaiting a YouTube content filtering system, originally slated for delivery by the end of last year.

Sony’s Review

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Max Hole during his keynote address at Music Matters in Singapore.
Max Hole during his keynote address at Music Matters in Singapore.
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The Cover of the Box Set
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Luke Bryan helping Yoplait Greek and Universal Music Group fight hunger by signing a guitar.
Luke Bryan helping Yoplait Greek and Universal Music Group fight hunger by signing a guitar.
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Elise Drake's artwork on display at CMA's at Universal Music Group's 2019 after-party.
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