Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world’s largest music content company with market leading positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.
The recorded music business discovers and develops recording artists and then markets and promotes their music across a wide array of formats and platforms. UMG's music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing Group, discovers and develops songwriters, and owns and administers copyrights to musical compositions for use in recordings, public performances, and related uses, such as films and advertisements. Bravado, UMG’s merchandising company, sells artist- and music-branded products via multiple sales point such as fashion retail, live performances, and the internet. UMG also includes Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.
UMG’s strength and legacy of music flows from a diverse family of record labels which include: A&M/Octone, Barclay, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, ECM, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Machete Music, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog–Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Group Nashville (which includes Lost Highway, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville), and Verve Music Group.
UMG’s roster is comprised of artists covering the full spectrum of music around the world, making UMG the leader in both international and local repertoire. Artists signed to UMG throughout the world include:
Akon, All American Rejects, Erykah Badu, Beck, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Busta Rhymes, Colbie Caillat, Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole, Sheryl Crow, Daddy Yankee, Drake, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Melissa Etheridge, Far East Movement, Fergie, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, The Game, Vince Gill, Godsmack, Keri Hilson, Hinder, India.Arie, Jack Johnson, Kid Cudi, The Killers, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, LMFAO, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Maroon 5, M.I.A., Nicky Minaj, Nelly, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, Owl City, Rihanna, Rick Ross, Soulja Boy Tell ’Em, Gwen Stefani, Sting, George Strait, Sugarland, Timbaland, Shania Twain, Josh Turner, Stevie Wonder, 3 Doors Down, and Kanye West. Through an arrangement with Hollywood Records, UMG also distributes Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and the Scene, and through an arrangement with Big Machine, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift.
Bryan Adams, David Bisbal, Bjork (outside North America), Marco Borsato, Calogero, Cheryl Cole, Coti, Taio Cruz, Sergio Dalma, Ilse Delange, Duffy, Elbow, Mylene Farmer, Feist, Florence + The Machine, Ich + Ich, Jessie J, Jamiroquai, Elton John, Jovanotti, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Ronan Keating, La Roux, Lena, Annie Lennox, Amy Macdonald, Imelda May, Metallica (outside North America), Mika, Mumford & Sons, Florent Pagny, Vanessa Paradis, Paco de Lucia, Rammstein, Rolling Stones, Rosario, Rosenstolz, André Rieu, Paulina Rubio, Alejandro Sanz, Michel Sardou, Scissor Sisters, Jay Sean, Bob Sinclar, Snow Patrol, Take That, Tamara, Tokio Hotel, U2, Unheilig, Amy Winehouse, Zazie, and Zucchero.