Universal Music Group

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Logo description by kidinbed.r

Editions by Shadeed A. Kelly

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Background

Though the history of Universal Music goes back in 1930s, the current group (UMG) was created with the acquisition of PolyGram by Universal in 1999. The name appeared two years before, when MCA Music Entertainment Group was renamed. Since 2004, UMG is separated from Universal Pictures and is a subsidiary of Vivendi SA, which also bought the BMG Music Publishing brand in 2007, and later some of the recorded music operations of EMI in 2012.

1st Logo (Late 90s-Early 2000s)

Nickname: "CGI Globe and DVD"

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Logo: Same as the 1997 Universal Pictures logo, but when it's almost complete, "MUSIC" fades below (in the same font), and the silvery DVD Video logo underneath.

FX/SFX: Same as the Universal Pictures logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the Universal Pictures logo.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be found on older music DVDs.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (Early 2000s- )

Nicknames: "CGI Globe and CD", "Shimmering Globe and CD"

Logo: We see the end of the 1997 Universal Pictures logo (when the rotating letters settle down on the globe). Then, a flash occurs, creating rainbows that surround the Universal globe and go in all directions. The Universal globe becomes a CD, as the words "UNIVERSAL MUSIC" (in the same font as its standard counterpart) fly from the top to the inset of the logo. While this happens, the CD fades out while another flash occurs; this time, the flash is red, below the CD, and horizontal. The DVD logo appears after the flash.

FX/SFX: The flash, the rainbow effects, the Universal globe transforming. done in good CGI.

Music/Sounds:

  • The 1997 long version theme of Universal Television.
  • Later, a different music was used, similar to the HD logo.

Availability: Common. It can be seen on quite a few music DVDs.

Editor's Note: None.

Universal Music HD (2000s- )

Logo: We start with the second half of the 1997 Universal Pictures logo, which adds "UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP" below. Then, a transparent HD flies and stops underneath, flashing and stretching Universal Music Video HD (2008) into "HIGH DEFINITION" words over the globe.

FX/SFX: Same as the 2nd half of the 1997 Universal Pictures logo, done in good CGI.

Music/Sounds: Used a windy soundtrack different from the regular Universal logo.

Availability: Common. It can be seen on music Blu-rays released by Universal Music.

Editor's Note: None.

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