Roc Nation Partners With Universal Music

blame it on Meka April 8, 2013

I’m guessing Jay didn’t get that $300 million he wanted from Live Nation. After launching Roc Nation Sports last week, Jay and his entertainment company returned home of sorts (Roc-A-Fella, during its Def Jam run, was under the Universal umbrella), signing a “multi-year, worldwide partnership” with Universal Music Group. Meaning, all albums under the Roc (from Jay-Z, to Rihanna, to J. Cole and everyone in between) will now drop through UMG. Says Shawn:

“We are looking forward to working with Lucian [Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG] and the incredible team he’s assembled at Universal. We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists-being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.”

Roc Nation already has a “worldwide publishing administration” deal with Warner.

  • Mike

    Good to hear

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  • marty mcfly

    Universal? I mean I get it because really Universal is behind alot of shit in the music business and has been for years but idk I kinda look at Universal as a Rock N Roll graveyard. I hope that never happens to hip hop but my question is, is Universal gonna help carry Roc Nation or is it the other way around now?

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  • marty mcfly

    I dont really know if its a good thing or a bad thing but I wanna know how does Universal feel about Jay Electronica? Being that its 500 something artists already signed to Universal are they gonna do something to get that damn album out? Or do we have to wait another 5 years before we hear something else about it…

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  • kidadonis

    So publishing from Warner and distribution from Universal? I’m not even completely sure what all the amounts too.