Clay Aiken Signs with Universal Music’s Decca Records


Excitement abounds in the ClayNation with the announcement at Clayonline (OFC) of Clay Aiken's signing with Universal Music’s Decca Records. If that wasn't exciting enough, we were also told to expect new music in the first half of 2010!

Congratulations Clay!!!

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Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world's leading music company and is comprised of two core businesses: recorded music and music publishing.

The company discovers, develops, markets and distributes recorded music through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees in 77 countries, representing 98% of the music market. UMG also sells and distributes music video and DVD products, and licenses recordings, encouraging the legal distribution of music online and over cellular, cable and satellite networks. UMG includes Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the world's leading Latin music company. UMG's music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing Group, is the world's leading publishing business; it owns and acquires rights to musical compositions and licenses them for use in recordings and related uses, such as films and advertisements. UMG also includes Bravado, its merchandising company, and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.

Universal Music Group International is the division that manages UMG's businesses in countries outside of North America.

Record Labels

UMG's strength and legacy of music flows from a diverse family of record labels which include: A&M/Octone, Barclay, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, ECM, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Machete Music, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Group Nashville (which includes Lost Highway, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville), Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group.

Artist Roster

UMG's roster is comprised of artists covering the full spectrum of music around the world, making UMG the leader in both international and local repertoire. Artists signed to UMG throughout the world include:

North America: Akon, All American Rejects, Beck, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Busta Rhymes, Colbie Caillat, Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole, Sheryl Crow, Daddy Yankee, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Melissa Etheridge, Eve, Fall Out Boy, Fergie, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, The Game, Vince Gill, Godsmack, Keri Hilson, Hinder, India.Arie, Jack Johnson, The Killers, Diana Krall, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Maroon 5, M.I.A., Nelly, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, Pussycat Dolls, Lionel Richie, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, George Strait, Sugarland, Robin Thicke, Timbaland, Shania Twain, Josh Turner, Stevie Wonder, Sting, 3 Doors Down, and Kanye West. Through an arrangement with Hollywood Records, UMG also distributes the Jonas Brothers and Myley Cyrus, and through an arrangement with Big Machine, Taylor Swift.

Europe: Bryan Adams, Bjork (outside North America), Marco Borsato, Calogero, Sergio Dalma, Duffy, Mylene Farmer, Feist, Gianna Nannini, Girls Aloud, Elton John, Jovanotti, Juli, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Ronan Keating, Amy Macdonald, Michael McDonald, Metallica (outside North America), Mika, Noir Désir, Orson, Florent Pagny, Paco de Lucia, Rammstein, Rolling Stones, Rosenstolz, Andre Rieu, Michel Sardou, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Sugababes, Take That, Tamara, Tokio Hotel, U2, Vitaa, Amy Winehouse, Zazie, and Zucchero.

Latin America: Axel, Babasonicos, Belanova, Bersuit, David Bisbal, Bersuit, Café Tacuba, Antonio Carmona, Christian Castro, Coti, Don Omar, Pedro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Looney Tunes, Molotov, Zeca Pagodinho, Paulina Rubio, Sandy & Junior, Ivete Sangalo, Marco Antonio Solis, Los Tigres del Norte, Caetano Veloso (outside North America), Alicia Villarreal, and Wisin y Yandel.

Asia Pacific: AI, Vanessa Amorosi, Thelma Aoyama, Avalanches, Kate Ceberano, Sarah Blasko, Chage & Aska, Eason Chan, Jacky Cheung, Kelly Chen, Cut Copy, Sa Dingding, Dreams Come True, Energy, Bernard Fanning, Masaharu Fukuyama, the Grates, GreeeeN, Dao Lang, Hacken Lee, Naotaro Moriyama, Wilbur Pan, Powderfinger, SamSonS, Kou Shibasaki, Spitz, Alan Tam, Utada, WaT, Wolfmother, Masayoshi Yamazaki, and mihimaru GT.

Classical & Jazz Repertoire, Broadway and Film Scores

UMG is the market leader in today's highly competitive classical music market.

Universal Music's classical labels includes the world's longest-standing recording company and market leader, Deutsche Grammophon; the legendary Decca Records, which owns and controls the greatest opera catalog in the world; and the Philips, Emarcy, and ECM labels.

Among the distinguished artists represented on these labels are Claudio Abbado, Cecilia Bartoli, Leonard Bernstein, Andrea Bocelli, Pierre Boulez, Alfred Brendel, Elvis Costello, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Valery Gergiev, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Lang Lang, James Levine, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Anna Netrebko, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria João Pires, André Previn, Sir Georg Solti, Bryn Terfel, Herbert von Karajan, Rolando Villazon, Russell Watson, Hayley Westenra, and Krystian Zimerman.

Universal Music includes the world's leading Broadway catalog and contemporary recordings under the Decca Broadway label with such titles as Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Spring Awakening, The Boy From Oz, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, Man From La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot, and Sunset Boulevard. Universal Music is also responsible for the success of numerous original Soundtracks including The Aviator, Gladiator, Pulp Fiction, and Mamma Mia! as well as such Oscar-winning scores as Elliot Goldenthal's Frida, John Williams' Schindler's List, James Horner's Braveheart., Gustavo Santaolalla's Brokeback Mountain, and A.R. Rahman's Slumdog Millionaire.

UMG owns the world's largest jazz recording company. The Verve Music Group includes the premier jazz label Verve focusing on traditional jazz; adult music label Verve Forecast; contemporary jazz label GRP; and Impulse!, which focuses on reissues of its famed catalog. The group's unparalleled roster of current and catalog artists include Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Brazilian Girls, Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Jamie Cullum, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Ledisi, Loreena McKennitt, Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, Susan Tedeschi, and Lizz Wright.

UMG has also entered the burgeoning business of classical artist management and production with Universal Music Classical Management and Productions (UMCMP). The company develops careers, creates distinctive live events and builds long-lasting brands within the classical music field.

Music Catalog

Representing some of the most influential and legendary recording artists of the last 100 years, UMG has the most extensive catalog of music in the industry including: ABBA, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Carpenters, Eric Clapton, Patsy Cline, John Coltrane, The Commodores, Count Basie, Bing Crosby, Bo Diddley, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Tops, Judy Garland, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Haley and the Comets, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, The Jackson Five, Jay-Z, Loretta Lynn, The Mamas & The Papas, Bob Marley, Nirvana, The Police, Smokey Robinson, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Sublime, The Supremes, The Temptations, Conway Twitty, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, and The Who.

Music Catalog Management

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG. Working in concert with all of the company's record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technologies. UMe is comprised of several business units and record labels: Universal Chronicles, the unit that manages and markets UMG's extensive catalog through retail channels; UTV Records, the television marketing unit; Hip-O Records, its independent label that releases CDs and DVDs from outside sources; New Door Records, a label dedicated to producing new music from historically significant recording artists whose catalog is controlled by UMG labels; UMe Digital, the first all digital label from a major music company; Universal Music Media, a company that produces infomercials and long form music programming; Universal Music Special Markets; and Universal Film & Television Music. UMe's Strategic Marketing unit supports all five areas and is designed to aggressively develop a cohesive and strategic approach to maximizing catalog repertoire by initiating and implementing integrated marketing campaigns, direct to consumer programs, brand management initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Outside North America, the Universal Strategic Marketing division of Universal Music Group International works to maximize the profile and value of UMG's catalogue in international markets. It acts as a service centre adding value through marketing initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and international markets.

Music Publishing

With 47 offices in 41 countries, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry's largest global music publishing operation. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world's hottest songwriters and catalogs including Abba, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Anastacia, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Coldplay, Gloria and Emilio Estefan (outside North America), 50 Cent, Godsmack, Dave Grohl, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, R. Kelly, Diana Krall, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Nelly, Prince, Otis Redding, Jill Scott, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, 3 Doors Down, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, and Robbie Williams, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information please visit www.umusicpub.com.

New Technologies and Distribution Platforms

eLabs, a division of UMG, is responsible for handling the company's electronic commerce initiatives, Internet exploitation, and new technology business opportunities worldwide. eLabs' business development and business affairs staff supports all of UMG's e-business initiatives, including digital download, subscription, webcasting, interactive radio and pay-per-play through all digital channels of purchase. eLabs works closely with and supports all UMG's record labels and other businesses to enhance opportunities for music driven by new technologies, while protecting the value of recorded music.


Bravado, the only global, 360° full service merchandise company, develops and markets high-quality licensed merchandise to a worldwide audience. The company works closely with new & established entertainment clients, creating innovative products carefully tailored to each artist or brand. Product is sold on live tours, via selected retail outlets and through web-based stores. Bravado also licenses rights to an extensive network of third party licensees around the world. The company maintains offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Stockholm, and partners with companies in Berlin, Paris, Japan, Australia and South America. Now under the Universal Music Group umbrella, Bravado is able to leverage a global sales and distribution network from the world's largest record company, as well as the group's significant marketing strength. Bravado artists include Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, Elton John, Guns 'N Roses, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Iron Maiden, Alicia Keys, New Kids on the Block, Nine Inch Nails, Dolly Parton and The Killers, among many others.

Artist Services

Universal Music Group also includes some of the world's leading full-service artist management businesses, including Twenty-First Artists (Elton John and James Blunt), Trinifold (Robert Plant and the Who), and Helter Skelter (Pet Shop Boys and Amy Winehouse).


In the U.S., Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past ten years and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment (VE), and UMGD Digital. UMD handles distribution and sales for UMG's diverse roster of labels as well as a wide variety of associated labels. Fontana is the company's independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, VE is its theatrical and home entertainment distribution division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group's digital assets including mobile.

In some markets outside the U.S., UMG companies handle their own distribution and sales. In other markets UMG companies have sub-contracted services to third parties or entered into distribution join ventures with other record companies.

For further information on Universal Music Group please visit www.umusic.com.


Universal Music Group

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Lots more news and blog celebration here at these links:

Carolina On My Mind

The ConCLAYve

Clay Aiken Journey

All That Is Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken News

There Was a Man

Clay Aiken News Network

Truth Rules




Carolina Clay said...


Awesome blog about the day's exciting news! WOOHOO for Clay Aiken signing with Decca Records with plans for a new CD in 2010!

Many thnx for your kind comment in the current Carolina entry celebrating the news!


21again said...

Great news from Clay and wonderful info about Decca. Maybe he'll get a fair shake this time.

anaturegirl said...

Congrats Clay Aiken. Sure looks like he picked a great record company to sign with who are truly interested in marketing their artists in the right way. The ClayNation has been celebrating all day. Looking forward to 2010.

Anonymous said...

YES!!! Clay is gonna SING!!! I am so happy! Happy he is doing aok, and getting all ready to make music! YES!!! A Clay music fan, Donna in Wi.

gerra said...

Great news. I have a good feeling about this label. Congrats, Clay.

clayitagain said...

Congratulations to Clay for signing with a great label. I am totally impressed with UMG, and it looks like such a good fit for Clay. Oh yes..the best is yet to come..of that I am sure.


Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

What an awesome blog, packed with lots of great information.

I am so excited about Clay's news and plans for a new CD in 2010!! WooHoo!!!!

Have a great day.....


SueReu said...

Wonderful blog Ashes!!! great information about UMG!! They're HUGE!!!

So excited for 2010 to hear Clay Aiken singing again ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great blog, Ashes! I am super-excited about Clay having signed with Decca Records. New music in 2010---WOOHOO!!!!!


claysweetea said...

This is a fantastic blog to help celebrate the fantastic news from Clay Aiken that he signed with Decca Records!!! I am soooo glad he chose to not stay with RCA!!

The best is yet to come and SOON is here.

fgs said...

Thanks for all the information about Universal music group and Decca, Clay Aiken's new label. Looking forward to what he does next. It sounds great!

jbc4clay said...

Great blog and great day!!!
New music is in our future!!!

dee said...

Man , this blog is packed with exciting information about UMG . I feel so upbeat about Clay's future in the world of music . This does seem to be a good fit for him .

EEEEEE !!!!! New music in 2010 . What a thrill .

Thanks for a great blog .

T said...

I'm always good with waiting and the outcome is always great! Great blog and appreciate you including all the background about Clay's new recording label. Happy news indeed. 2010 will be here soon! So I'm sure the waiting will be so worth it.

Beautiful graphics J! Always love your work.

Cheers and congrats to Clay!

Anonymous said...

Wow awesome news!!! I honestly didn't realize Decca had so many great artists until I read your blog, now I'm even more excited to see & hear what's to come :)
Thanks so much for the info
Lisa (lisa1068)

barb 55 said...

Ashes, great blog!

Isn't it wonderful about Clay's new record contract?!

Congratulations to Clay!! I'm so happy for him. Can't wait to hear more news and to hear him sing again!

Love and hugs,


claysweetea said...

Love your blog and all the great information. Thanks!! Congratulations, Clay!

bonniecarmen said...

whoohoo is right! Thanks for the update. B

Allegra said...

Congratulations to Clay. I see a lot of good times ahead for Clay and for us. Thanks for this very informative blog.


musicfan said...

Another great blog. Thank you for the information. Decca has a great reputation and it sounds like a perfect fit for Clay!!

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