The podium of honor of the world music market is headed by the label Universal Music Group. This is an American concern that owns 31% of the world music market.
In 2020 alone, the record company’s net income was $4.5 billion. Data for 2021 is not yet available.
Media holding Universal Music Group is the world’s largest business company and the most influential label of the Big Three record labels. UMG owns the largest music publishing house in the world. The company has regional offices in different countries. They have an extensive record and song catalog that spans over a century and includes the largest, most diverse and culturally rich collection of music ever assembled.
Universal Music Group is not just a label, but a huge company in which the leading artists from all over the world record. In its current form, it occurred after the merger of several American record companies. The company’s head office is located on Broadway in New York.
In addition to being the largest group of labels on the planet, Universal Music Group is also the second largest distributor. Over the past years, UMG has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in talented musicians, for example, the company acquired Bob Dylan’s song catalog for a fabulous $300 million – these moves turned out to be very far-sighted.
Analysts believe that the rise of streaming services was the decisive factor in allowing music labels to list their shares on the stock market at all. The predictable income that streaming brings makes music the most attractive investment that was unthinkable even 10 years ago.
The Universal Music Group manages a slew of superstar musicians such as The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and many other iconic artists of today.
One of the world’s largest record labels Universal Music Group is preparing to separate from the parent holding Vivendi. Experts estimate UMG at $48 billion, and after Vivendi’s share in the company drops from 70% to 10%, about 60% of the label’s shares will be listed on the stock exchange. This means that now absolutely anyone can buy shares of a major label.
According to music market analysts, Many left the industry ten years ago, primarily because of piracy and the many problems that the music industry faces. Now UMG look like winners. One has only to look at Universal, Warner Music, and the general situation with streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify – there has been a huge turnaround that hardly anyone could have predicted. We are at a stage where we are really entering a new wave of growth in streaming and royalty in general, and Universal is clearly in the best position to do so.