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Background[]

Though the history of Universal Music goes back to the foundation of Decca Records in 1934, 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 has run separate from Universal Pictures and is a subsidiary of Vivendi SA, which also bought BMG Music Publishing brand in 2007, and later some of the recorded music operations of EMI in 2012.

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December 7, 1999[]

Universal Music Group (1999)

Logo: Just the Universal print logo of the time, with "UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP" underneath.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. This can be found on Shania Twain Live.

Universal Music DVD[]

1st Logo (Late 1990s-Early 2000s)[]

Nickname: "CGI Globe and DVD"

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, though this doesn't appear on Shania Twain: The Platinum Collection, Shania Twain: A Collection of Video Hits, and U2: Elevation 2001: Live from Boston, which instead use a silent version of the standard Universal logo.

2nd Logo (2000s)[]

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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. All well-done.

Music/Sounds:

  • A majestic tune with synth-like sounds near the end, which was composed by Juanito Lopez (aka DJ Juanito).
  • The 1997 long version theme of Universal Television with a whoosh sound. An abridged version of The Lost World: Jurassic Park version of the Universal Pictures fanfare is used in Acquaria.

Music/Sounds Variant: Later on, a different theme was used that resembles the Universal Music HD logo.

Availability: Common. It can be seen on quite a few music DVDs such as The Police: Every Breath You Take - The DVD.

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 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: Same as the 2nd logo

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

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