Universal Music Group has inked a licensing agreement with Nigeria-based music streaming service uduX.
UMG is the first major music company to license its catalog to uduX, Nigeria’s first domestically launched music streaming service which offers users access to high-quality audio and HD music videos.
uduX is currently available via monthly subscription through Habari by GTBank, a leading platform for music, shopping and lifestyle content launched in November 2018.
The service will also be fully incorporated into the Nigerian music market as a stand-alone app in the coming months.
Under the terms of the agreement and effective immediately, uduX will distribute music from UMG’s world-renowned labels through its streaming service in Nigeria.
Users will now have access to UMG’s extensive catalog of both Nigerian and global recording artists including Eminem, Tekno, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Lady Zamar, Lil Wayne, Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie, Wurld, J.Cole, Dr. Tumi, Nasty C, Hugh Masekela, Larry Gaaga, Tamia, Maroon 5, Aka & Anatii, TJAN, Jah Prayzah, Nonso Bassey, Mafikizolo, Cina Soul, Ella Mai,and Mr. Eazi.
Last year, UMG announced the launch of Universal Music Nigeria, a new division within Western Africa to provide artists with comprehensive opportunities throughout the region and to provide pan-African talent the best possible launch pad for wider international success.
UMG is accelerating the company’s focus on growing the entire African music ecosystem including recorded music, music publishing, production, live events, brand partnerships and merchandising efforts.
“We have created a new platform to bring value to the music ecosystem both here in Nigeria, and the wider world at large.”
Chidi Okeke, Groove Platforms
In making the announcement Chidi Okeke, Chief Executive Officer of Groove Platforms, who is responsible for the creation and development of uduX music, said: “We have created a new platform to bring value to the music ecosystem both here in Nigeria, and the wider world at large.
UduX music is excited to be working with Universal Music Group to help shape the future of digital music consumption in Africa and provide Nigerian music fans with access to their favorite artists from around the world.”
“We are delighted to be the first global music company to partner with uduX and look forward to bringing the extraordinary creativity of our artists to as many Nigerian users as possible.”
Ezegozie Eze Jr., Universal Music Nigeria
Ezegozie Eze Jr., General Manager, Universal Music Nigeria, added: “This partnership extends our reach and makes our artists’ music even more accessible to Nigerian music lovers.
“We are delighted to be the first global music company to partner with uduX and look forward to bringing the extraordinary creativity of our artists to as many Nigerian users as possible.”Music Business Worldwide