Music Is: Universal Music Group News and Updates
This is a page dedicated to news and releases from Universal Music Group that will be updating regularly.
SuperM releases MV for “100”
Fresh from the oven, SuperM, touted as K-Pop’s Avengers, released a brand new track ‘100’. The MV which premiered 2 hours ago, has already crossed over 1 million views!
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” posts an unprecedented 21st week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart as the hit single retains the top slot on the list dated Aug. 15. “Lights” overtakes a trio of tracks that shared the previous record of 20 weeks – Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, The Weeknd’s own “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” – since the ranking began in 2012.
(G)I-DLE release MV for “DUMDi DUMDi”
Released last Monday, “DUMDi DUMDi” charted at #1 on iTunes in 40+ Markets (and counting)! The song broke the record for the group’s fastest number of viewers to its music video, breaking the 10-million-view threshold within 10 hours, and 30 million views in 40 hours. The song is at the 3rd position on Spotify’s “K-Pop Daebak” playlist with 2.58 million followers and also, at the 2nd position on Apple Music’s “The A-List: K-Pop” playlist.
Troye Sivan releases MV for “Rager teenager!”, in leadup to new EP
Troye Sivan will release ‘In A Dream’, a 6 song concept EP on 21st August. The ’Rager teenager’ MV which was launched on Wednesday and has crossed over 300K views.
This is a monumental moment for Pop Smoke‘s legacy as his posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, tops the Billboard 200 Chart with total consumption of 251,000 units and 268.4 million streams in the first week of its release.
The album which was released in mid-July has also topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway, debuted at #3 in France and Sweden, top ten in Germany and Italy, and became the highest charting debut rap album from an international artist in the UK following 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ released in 2003. The album also topped both the Apple Music and iTunes US Albums charts and was crowned one of the top 3 hip-hop debuts of 2020 by Billboard, the third biggest hip-hop debut of 2020, and the sixth biggest debut of 2020. The release also marks another major milestone, with “For The Night” becoming the first Pop Smoke song to debut inside the top ten of the Hot 100 chart and all 19 songs securing a place on the chart as well.
The album finds Pop’s voice in concert with collaborators both old and new. Staying true to his intention to use his debut album to show the breadth of his artistry, fans will discover a Pop Smoke that they had yet to see — one that is singing, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he helped bring to a global level and more, while also reuniting with familiar names like 808Melo, CashMoneyAP and Yamaica. It’s an album that only begins to scratch the surface of a talent who had so much more to show the world.
The release follows breakout mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. Before his untimely passing, Pop Smoke was on his way to becoming a mainstream hip-hop giant.
cardigan (cabin in candlelight version) – Taylor Swift
Following last week’s surprise full album drop, Taylor Swift has now released cardigan’ (cabin in candlelight version) and the accompanying music video, which crossed over 1 million views in less than 12 hours.
In addition, folklore by Taylor Swift crossed over 1.3 million album consumption within 24 hours of release. folklore has now set Spotify’s global record for first day album streams by a female artist with over 80.6M streams, as well as a new record for most streamed Pop Album on Apple Music with 35.47M first day global streams. “cardigan” charted as the #1 song on the global Spotify Chart with over 7.7M streams makes it the biggest Spotify debut since Travis Scott on 5th October 2020, and with over 97.87M Global streams on 24th July, Taylor Swift was the most streamed artist on Spotify on any day this year.
In partnership with TikTok and WAVE, XO and Republic Records are excited to bring The Weeknd Experience to life — the very first virtual experience of one of the biggest albums of 2020, After Hours.
Through TikTok’s first-of-its-kind virtual musical experience, you’ll be captivated and suspended in space while The Weeknd invites you into the awesome madness of his world, as seen through his own eyes.
In addition, fans will have the chance to interact with The Weeknd throughout as he takes viewers on an epic After Hours journey. The Weeknd Experience – an immersive XR experience on TikTok LIVE stream – will happen on Friday, August 7th at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET on the official @tiktok account. Read more about it here
Music Video for Un Dia (One Day) released
In less than 7 hours since its premiere, more than 3.3 million fans have watched the official music video for Un Dia (One Day) by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy. The MV is directed by Stillz and featured the famous Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó (protagonist of the wildly popular Netflix series Money Heist).
Taylor Swift drops MV for ‘cardigan’, alongside 8th album ‘folklore’
In a surprise move, pop star Taylor Swift announced the release of her 16-track, 8th studio album ‘folklore’, alongside an MV for lead single ‘cardigan’.
Universal Music Philippines (UMP), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced the launch of Island Records Philippines, a new domestic label division dedicated to helping the best musical talent from the Philippines to achieve local success, whilst reaching new audiences worldwide.
The launch marks the beginning of a new chapter in the illustrious history of Island Records, which was founded 61 years ago in Jamaica by Chris Blackwell and has helped shape and influence global artist and music culture for more than six decades. Opening its first international division within Asia, Island Records Philippines will honour the historic legacy of the label, by celebrating the rich diversity of music produced throughout the country, which itself is an island nation, made up of 7641 individual islands.
Island Records Philippines launches with a flagship roster that includes some of the most popular and respected Filipino talent including; Juan Karlos; Over October and Lala Vinzon, alongside new label signings Zack Tabudlo; Fern. and One Click Straight.
The announcement was made today via a virtual live-streaming press conference from Manila by Enzo Valdez, MD, Universal Music Philippines.
In making the announcement, Valdez said, “We are excited to launch Island Records here in the Philippines and to build our own family of local artists, that can further extend the huge legacy of Island within the region and beyond. In the coming years, we will look to establish Island as a home to some of the most impactful and important artists from the Philippines, whilst introducing them to new audiences around the world through UMG’s unrivalled global network of companies around the world.”
Calvin Wong, CEO, Universal Music Southeast Asia & Senior Vice President, Asia Universal Music said, “In keeping with the traditions and values of the historic Island label, we are looking forward to creating a respected home for great artistry and talent from the Philippines.”
Troye Sivan releases MV for ‘Easy’
In less than 12 hours since its premiere, the official music video for Troye Sivan’s ‘Easy’ has been watched by more than 300,000 viewers! ‘Easy’ is the second track from his upcoming six-song concept EP ‘IN A DREAM’ which will be released on 21st August 2020.
James Bay performed live show in support of #SaveOurVenues – the UK crowd fundraiser to protect grassroots music venues at risk for permanent closure due to Covid-19.
Universal Music Singapore and Mode Entertainment release Reinvented version of global phenomenon ‘Xue Hua Piao Piao’
The classic hit, Yi Jian Mei, from the 1980s by retired artist Fei Yu Qing skyrocketed to a global meme and worldwide phenomenon after the video of a Chinese man spinning himself in the snow whilst singing was uploaded on Kuaishou. It quickly went viral on YouTube. The classic melody, infused with a hot Latino reggaeton beat, is topped with the surreal vocals of singer Kelvin Tan & an inspiring rap by Korean American rapper Nyukyung.
Def Jam leads the major labels in US in terms of social media reach
The Universal Music Group label boasts the largest number of followers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as well as the highest engagement rate of the major labels, according to analytics gathered by Def Jam, beating Atlantic, Interscope, Columbia, Warner and Republic, among others. Its latest conquest: TikTok, where the Def Jam account, which was launched at the end of February, has already amassed over 150,000 followers and two million likes. Read the full article here
Sam Smith sings cover of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’
Originally taken from Sam Smith’s iHeart Radio Session performance, the song has recently been released across digital platforms alongside the cut video footage on YouTube.
Halsey and Magnum encourage everyone to be #truetopleasure
Magnum ice cream announced its latest collaboration and boldest campaign yet with international music sensation, creative and activist, Halsey.
Magnum has always believed that a day without pleasure is a day lost and that we should all be able to pursue whatever it is that brings us happiness.
A champion for creativity, Halsey has always believed that no one should be held back.
Having broken down barriers across music, art and culture, she uses her voice and platform to express herself, her pleasures and beliefs. In partnership with Halsey, Magnum wants to inspire and encourage everyone to be true to themselves.
Talking about the campaign with Magnum, Halsey said: “I have always pushed myself and those around me to fearlessly express themselves, and to do what makes them genuinely happy, without fear of judgement or critique. I’m so happy to be partnered with Magnum for this campaign that pushes people to embrace their uniqueness and explore what pleasure really means to them. My hope with this campaign is that it can inspire people to proudly flaunt their individuality, because without self-expression and the amplification of unique voices there is no art, and no artists.”
BTS release music video for ‘Stay Gold’
South Korea’s hottest boyband has released a new music video, and has already surpassed 53 million views on YouTube.
Official music video for Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ released
In observance of the late and legendary Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday, and in honour of International Reggae Day celebrations, an official music video for Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry,” premiered on 1st July.
Shot in Jamaica and New York City, the powerful visual explores two tales of a family divided by country but connected by their love and want for a better life for their children.
We see a strong and loving Mother strive to look after her children in their homeland. At the same time, the Father works tirelessly, isolated in New York City, working as a taxi driver to better provide for his family back home.
The video shines a light on the importance of family and connection while confronting the genuine struggles many families face in the modern world, often forced apart due to poverty.
Fariz Jabba releases lyric video for ‘Nak Tak Nak’
Fariz Jabba releases his new single ‘Nak Tak Nak’ and opens up for the first time to share his journey of losing and finding himself again in his struggle with mental health. The rapper and singer hopes that by telling his story in Nak Tak Nak, others facing similar pain will feel empowered to step forward and seek help.
6lack releases 6pc Hot EP + AR Chicken Shop
6LACK serves up his newest EP 6 PC HOT for the world, and along with it, an augmented reality chicken shop (pictured on the EP cover) via Instagram to view merch, including the hot sauce, tied to the project. Enjoy a filter available HERE
Matteo Bocelli releases MV for Can You Feel The Love Tonight (from ‘The Lion King’)
Listen to the soothing voice of Matteo Bocelli singing ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This release is part of ‘Disney Goes Classical’ album which is scheduled to be released in October 2020.
Lady Gaga releases trippy music video for Sour Candy
Maximillian releases MV for ‘Beautiful Scars’
Danish newcomer, Maximillian, opened up about his past and faced his own flaws and mistakes on his new single ‘Beautiful Scars’.
Lady Gaga scores her 6th No.1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart with CHROMATICA!
The set starts with 274,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending 4th June, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2020.
Having performed at The 62nd GRAMMY® Awards in January as the first Korean act in the award show’s history and continues to stay at No. 1 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart for 152 consecutive weeks (182 in total), global superstars BTS will be releasing their first Japanese album in over 2 years, MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ∼ THE JOURNEY ∼ digitally on 14th July.
Violette Wautier releases MV for I’d Do It Again
Thai-Belgian artist Violette Wautier released her new single ‘I’d Do It Again’ from her upcoming album ‘Glitter And Smoke’ earlier this week, with the music video crossing over 480,000 views already.
Calum Scott performs ‘You Are The Reason’ on Good Morning Britain
Calum Scott did an emotional surprise performance of ‘You Are The Reason’ on Good Morning Britain, to mark the occasion of the reunion of a care worker and her severely asthmatic 7-year-old daughter after being forced to separate for 2 months in order to continue working to help others whilst maintaining her daughter’s safety.
Billie Eilish releases short film ‘NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY’
Ellie Goulding releases ‘Power’ MV
The new song, taken from Ellie’s forthcoming new album, showcases her knack for pop song-writing with earworm melodies and heavy synth-pop bass.
Speaking about the song, Ellie explains: “I wanted to release this song off my upcoming album as a preview into the world my new album is in! Power is about relationships in the 21st century, how they can now be dictated by social media, superficiality and material things. Dating can sometimes start out with lies or embellishments. The girl in the song is disillusioned by love and the cruel, good looking, self-obsessed people she keeps ending up with.”
Island Records is hosting the One Love COVID-19 Relief Auction in support of NHS Charities Together & Feeding America. The event is being hosted by Billy Porter, and broadcast live from 6pm BST on 21st May.
Katy Perry Releases ‘Daisies’ MV
Katy Perry’s latest single and music video ‘Daisies’ has dropped, crossing over 450,000 views within two hours of release. According to Katy, ‘Daisies’ is an exhilarating celebration of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cynicism and adversity. The anthemic song is a call to remain true to the course you’ve set for yourself, regardless of what others may think.
In conjunction with the release of ‘Daisies’, Katy Perry has also launched a one-stop digital flower shop – ‘Katy’s Daisies’. Simply select a bouquet, leave a message on it and share on your favourite socials here
Hailee Steinfeld Holds First Virtual Promo Tour
Universal Music Singapore held its first virtual promo tour with Academy Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist, Hailee Steinfeld, last Tuesday. Partnering with radio station 987, 20 lucky fans attended this virtual meet and 8 of them had the opportunity to ask Hailee Steinfeld burning questions about their idol and her latest EP ‘Half Written Story’ including the hit single ‘I Love You’s’.
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Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Release ‘Stuck With U’ MV
Here to get you through quarantine, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande have released new single ‘Stuck With U’. Net proceeds from the streams and sales of the single will be donated to First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, police officers and firefighters serving at the front lines during the global pandemic.
Lady Gaga Sets ‘Chromatica’ Release For 29th May
The sixth Lady Gaga album is set to see the pop superstar make a triumphant, extraterrestrial return with ‘Chromatica’. With collaborators ranging from Elton John to Ariana Grande to even BLACKPINK, you can be sure that mother monster is here to slay.
14 Local Acts Collaborate On ‘Stay Home’, Crosses 5.5M views on Facebook
Encouraging Singaporeans to stay home during the circuit breaker with a catchy tune and MV are artists ABANGSAPAU, Aisyah Aziz, Alif, Charlie Lim, Dee Kosh, Fariz Jabba, Hashy, Iman, ShiGGa Shay, Shye, Tosh Rock, YAØ, Yung Raja and Zadon.
Selena Gomez Releases MV For ‘Boyfriend’ (Doll Version)
Selena Gomez released a version of ‘Boyfriend’ acted out by doll counterparts and directed by the popular Instagram doll account @selenagomez.doll, and even featuring a surprise doll cameo from BTS.
Queen and Adam Lambert Record New Version of ‘We Are The Champions’
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert’s new version of Queen’s classic anthem ‘You Are The Champions’ (recorded on mobile phones) with the proceeds going towards Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organisation.