Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Announces Partnership With Universal Music Group

Less than a week after announcing the singing of New York Yankees player Robinson Cano via their Roc Nation Sports division, the powerhouse label is revealing its latest deal.

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Roc Nation announced Monday (April 8) that they have entered into a multi-year international distribution partnership with Universal Music Group. Under the new deal, The Roc will remain a standalone independent label within the UMG family.

In response to the new venture, UMG Chairman Lucian Grainge released a statement marveling at Roc Nation’s rapid growth. “In just five tears, Roc Nation has established itself as one of the most successful brands in music with a reputation for developing some of today’s most influential and popular talent,” he said.

Not only does this agreement provide a dynamic platform for Roc Nation’s exciting emerging artists, it extends our relationship with the extraordinary Rihanna and represents a homecoming for Jay-Z — a brilliant artist and entrepreneur, who has been a creative cornerstone of our company.

Hov shared in the “homecoming” excitement.

This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists — being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major,” Jay said. “I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.

Jay launched his career under the UMG umbrella, creating Roc-a-fella Records through UMG subsidiary Priority Records.

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