Universal Music Group (UMG) has unveiled a new strategic partnership with Jay Chou, the internationally renowned “King of Mandopop,” and his prestigious record label JVR Music.
This landmark agreement secures global distribution rights for Jay Chou’s extensive music catalog and future projects, while also supporting rising talent from his label, including artists like Patrick Brasca and Young (Cao Yang) through JVR. The addition of IFPI’s 2022 Global Album Sales Chart leader, Jay Chou, to UMG’s artist roster, underscores the company’s commitment to elevating Mandopop music on the international stage.
Timothy Xu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Greater China, said, “It is with immense pride and excitement that we welcome Jay Chou, an icon of our times, into the Universal Music family. This partnership is more than a milestone for us; it’s a celebration of Jay’s extraordinary artistry and global appeal. We are deeply honored to be entrusted with his musical legacy and are eager to help showcase his remarkable talent to a broader global audience.”
Jay Chou has been a massive figure in the Mandarin music scene since his groundbreaking debut in 2000, JAY. His illustrious career spans 15 studio albums, each contributing to his enduring legacy. Chou’s 2022 release, Greatest Works of Art, marked a historic moment, making him not only the first Mandarin artist to break into the top 10 of the IFPI Global Artist Chart, but also the first to top the Global Album Sales Chart.
Founded in 2007 by Jay Chou, Vincent Fang, and JR Yang, JVR Music is a highly respected label and artist management agency. JR Yang, Chief Executive Officer of JVR Music, remarked, “Aligning with UMG in this strategic partnership marks a new chapter for Jay and JVR towards our vision of elevating Mandarin pop music globally. Leveraging UMG’s extensive global network enables us to amplify Jay’s artistic impact and the diversity of our artist roster on a global scale. We are excited about harnessing this alliance to transcend cultural boundaries and cement the international presence of our unique musical heritage.”