Universal Music TV

This article is about the record label. For the television production company, see UMTV (production).
Universal Music TV
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1998
Genre Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London
Official website www.umtv.co.uk

Universal Music TV (often abbreviated as UMTV) is a London-based record label that was formed in 1998, and is owned by Universal Music Group. UMTV specialises in producing compilation albums and occasional single releases. It was founded when Seagram acquired PolyGram and merged the company's record labels under the same umbrella, replacing the PolyGram TV label.[1]

Every UMTV release receives extensive TV advertising. Joint venture compilations include Clubland, the Kiss Presents series, Kerrang!, MTV Unplugged, Floorfillers, Steve Wright Sunday Love Songs, Virgin Radio, Dreamboats & Petticoats, Capital Gold and the Motown albums.

UMTV has also had success with catalogue campaigns including the Shadows, Status Quo, Tony Christie, Barry White, Sam Cooke and Engelbert Humperdinck.

A small number of individual artists were signed or transferred to this label in the early 2000s. These included Malachi Cush, Alistair Griffin and Sam and Mark. None of these currently retain their contract.

In 2007, UMTV launched the imprint "Universal Music Record Label" (UMRL). In 2010, UMRL saw successful releases from Simple Minds and A-ha which charted at 10 and 5 in the official artist album charts respectively.

UMTV is also associated with sister labels Globe Records, Family Recordings and Manifesto Records and All Around The World with whom they have had several successful albums with Cascada, N-Dubz, Scooter and Darren Styles.

See also


  1. "About UMTV". Universal Music TV. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
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