Spotify, UMG Sign New Global Licensing Deal
Spotify and Universal Music Group (UMG) Wednesday announced a new, multi-year global license agreement.
Few details of the agreement were shared beyond the usual spin that the deal will “ensure that streaming realizes its full transformational potential for artists, labels, and fans by delivering a comprehensive range of music experiences, providing more flexibility for new releases, and collaborating on innovative marketing campaigns across Spotify’s platform.”
UMG now has “unprecedented access to data” which will presumably be fed into its proprietary data dashboard. But its also likely that Sony, WMG and others will eventually get access to that data too.
“Eight years ago, when streaming was a welcome but small source of revenue, UMG embraced partners like Spotify as a way to help return music to a vibrant future benefitting the entire ecosystem,” said Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. “Working hand in hand with these digital services brought us the industry’s first real growth in nearly two decades. Today, streaming represents the majority of the business. Our challenge is transforming that upturn into sustainable growth. In a market this dynamic, one evolving more rapidly than ever before, success requires creative and continual re-evaluation of how best to bring artists’ music to fans. At UMG, we’ve not only reimagined distribution models and technologies, but entire business models. The only constants must be great music and fair compensation for artists and creators. To that end, the long-term success of Spotify, and others like it, is essential to the ecosystem’s enduring health.
“I congratulate Daniel on Spotify’s continued growth and innovation, and I look forward to working together with him and his team to develop exciting new ways to connect artists and fans around the world,” Grainge concluded.
“This partnership is built on a mutual love of music, creating value for artists and delivering for fans,” said Daniel Ek, Chairman and CEO of Spotify. “We will be working together to help break new artists and connect new and established artists with a broadening universe of fans in ways that will wow them both. We know that not every album by every artist should be released the same way, and we’ve worked hard with UMG to develop a new, flexible release policy. Starting today, Universal artists can choose to release new albums on premium only for two weeks, offering subscribers an earlier chance to explore the complete creative work, while the singles are available across Spotify for all our listeners to enjoy.”
“I want to thank Sir Lucian for his leadership in everything we have done so far and in everything that we will do together to deliver on the promise of the new music economy for all the people who make music and all the people who love it,” added Ek.