Universal Records (Philippines)

Universal Records Philippines Inc. is a Filipino record label founded in 1977 as part of Warner Music Group.[1] Since 1992, it is an independent label.

Universal Records (Philippines)
Parent companyWarner Music Group (19771992)
Independent (1992present)
Founded1977 (as WEA Records Philippines)
FounderWarner Music Group
Bella Dy Tan
StatusActive
Distributor(s)self-distributed
GenreVarious
Country of originPhilippines
Location9/F, Universal Tower, 1487 Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Official websiteuniversalrecords.com.ph

History

URPI was founded in 1977 as WEA Records Philippines Inc. The company was the licensee of WEA in Philippines for 15 years, but the latter still decided to put its own office, the precursor of what is now Warner Music Philippines.

In 1992, the company adopted a new name, Universal Records Philippines Inc., and since then it rose as one of the Philippines' best and biggest record labels.

It is a member of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry.[2]

Universal Records officially distributed K-pop albums from September 2009, to be followed by some J-pop albums which was announced late May 2011.

Currently, it is the leading independent recording company in the country, being home to bestselling OPM artists.

In 2018, the company launched Mustard Music, a sublabel focusing on the growth of homegrown indie acts.

Distributed labels

As of 2011 :

Local

Foreign

Artists

(Updated as of Jun 21, 2019)

Current artists

Mustard Music (sublabel)

  • Good Kid$ (2018–present)
  • Issa Rodriguez (2018–present)
  • Joey tha Boy (2018–present)
  • The Ransom Collective (2019-present)
  • Timmy Albert (2019-present)
  • Barq (Arkin Magalona) (2019-present)
  • La Playa (band) (2019-present)

Former artists

Trade name dispute with UMG

Universal Music Group cannot use the Universal name in the Philippines because URPI has the rights for the said trade name. Due to this, UMG currently makes business in the Philippines as MCA Music, Inc., the old worldwide name for UMG.[4]

See also

References

  1. Profile of URPI Archived February 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Universal Records at PARI
  3. Local Artists Archived February 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "MCA Music Inc. (Universal Music Philippines)". 2013-03-31. Archived from the original on 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2016-08-07.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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