Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration deal with Brazilian executive and creator Konrad Dantas and his entertainment company, KondZilla.
Initially launched as a YouTube channel in 2012, today KondZilla’ holdings include KondZilla Films (music video production), KondZilla Records (label and publishing), KondZilla Licensing and KondZilla.com (lifestyle content website).
KondZilla’s catalog spans nearly 600 titles across more than 50 artists. Surpassing a billion streams collectively, some of KondZilla’s biggest songs include O Grave Bater, Encaixa and Rabiola by MC Kevinho; Oh quem voltou by Dani Russo; Pega a Receita by MC Dede & MC Kevinho; Solteiro até morrer by MC Kekel; and Abusadamente by MC Gusta & MC DG.
The KondZilla channel on YouTube is the most popular YouTube channel in Brazil and among the Top 10 in the world.
It has over 50.6 million subscribers, nearly half of all YouTube users in Brazil and a number equaling 22% of the whole country’s population.
The channel has surpassed 25bn cumulative views across its 1,100 music videos. Amongst the 10 most watched music videos in Brazil in 2018, five are from KondZilla including Bum Bum Tam Tam (MC Fioti), the only Brazilian music video to have more than 1bn views.
“Konrad Dantas is a true force of nature.”
Marcelo Falcão, UMPG Brazil
Marcelo Falcão, Managing Director of UMPG Brazil said: “Konrad Dantas is a true force of nature. His passion and commitment to his dream were much bigger than the difficult circumstances he was born and raised in, and he has since created an Empire that shared Brazilian funk music throughout the world.
“I’m very happy to be part of the UMPG family, one of the world’s leading music publishing companies that will certainly contribute to KondZilla’s Publishing growth in the world.”
Dantas added: “I’m very happy to be part of the UMPG family, one of the world’s leading music publishing companies that will certainly contribute to KondZilla’s Publishing growth in the world.”
Pictured [Left-Right]: Konrad “Kond” Dantas (CEO and founder, KondZilla), Marcelo Falcão (MD, Universal Music Publishing Brazil) and Marcelo “Portuga” Augusto (COO, KondZilla).Music Business Worldwide