Amazon Prime Music Finally Snags Universal Artists

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Last summer, Amazon launched Prime Music as an added benefit to an Amazon Prime subscription. At the time, it only boasted about a million songs in its catalog – so it was never really supposed to be a Spotify killer or anything. What Amazon Prime Music always felt like was just one more dangling carrot for those on the fence about paying for Amazon Prime.

The service has added artists since then, but one of the glaring omission was always Universal Music artists.

Well, that's changing. Amazon has just announced a new deal with Universal that brings its artists to the service.

“We are pleased to make a selection of our catalog available on Prime Music,” said Francis Keeling, Universal Music Group’s Global Head of Digital Business. “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.”

Amazon lists 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 among the Universal artists now streaming in their catalog.

“Prime Music has already become a top destination for streaming music in the U.S. and U.K., and we are thrilled today to make it even better by growing our selection with Universal Music artists,” stated Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon. “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.”

The new music is now available.

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Josh Wolford
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