Lucian Grainge
Rainer Hosch
United Kingdom
2020

Universal Music Group

Lucian
Grainge

Chairman / CEO

For one summer week, UMG owned nine of the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, but the market share leader keeps growing with new offices in Morocco and Israel and the launch of Def Jam Africa and Island Records Philippines. UMG reached a new global Spotify deal, licensed to NetEase in China, and expanded its Tencent deal before its publisher turned heads by landing Bob Dylan’s catalog. Distribution and publishing ventures with Saban Music Group broaden its music reach, while Polygram Entertainment furthers UMG’s film and TV projects, like Apple’s Beastie Boys doc along with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” on NBC. Grainge also oversaw several coronavirus relief initiatives for industry participants.

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
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Universal Music Group Chief Lucian Grainge Addresses COVID Scare, Bob Dylan Deal in Year-End Letter to Staff

Universal Music Group Chief Lucian Grainge Addresses COVID Scare, Bob Dylan Deal in Year-End Letter to Staff

Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge was one of the first music industry executives to contract COVID-19 this year, entering the hospital shortly after his 60th birthday celebration at the end of February. The scare was among the topics he mentioned in a year-end letter to staff, circulated earlier today.In the note, he outlined the many successes UMG has seen in 2020 in spite of the ongoing pandemic and a decimated live music market. He also praised...

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