Universal has finally licensed its music to Amazon Prime Music.
Amazon’s streaming service – free to its Prime members, who also have access to free next-day delivery and Instant Video – signed deals with Warner and Sony ahead of its US launch in June 2014, but was lacking the third major’s catalogue, even after claiming to expand its catalogue by “hundreds of thousands of songs” a month after it began.
When it came to the UK earlier this year, the deal still remained unsigned. From today (Tuesday, September 29), Prime members in both the US and the UK will have access to select albums from Universal Music artists, including Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5, Of Monsters and Men, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Drake, Lorde, Jessie J and Eminem.
Universal’s catalogue will be added to Prime’s curated playlists. In addition, a wide selection of popular jazz and classical albums from Universal Music artists will also be available for Prime members.
Steve Boom (pictured), VP of digital music for Amazon, said: “Prime Music has already become a top destination for streaming music in the US and UK, and we are thrilled today to make it even better by growing our selection with Universal Music artists.
“From chart-topping artists like Lady Gaga to legendary musicians such as Tom Petty and Nirvana, we know our Prime members will love listening to all the additional music that’s now available as part of their membership.”
Francis Keeling, Universal Music Group’s global head of digital business, added: “We are pleased to make a selection of our catalogue available on Prime Music. With Amazon’s tremendous reach and consumer appeal, we are delighted to build on our relationship by making Universal Music’s world-class artists available to Amazon Prime members.”