Universal Music Group Announces Global Partnership with Mandopop Star Jay Chou

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Universal Music Greater China has announced a partnership with Jay Chou, the ‘King of Mandopop’ and his record label JVR Music.

The agreement secures global marketing and distribution rights for Jay Chou’s extensive music catalog and future projects, while supporting rising talent from his label. That includes artists like Patrick Brasca and Young (Cao Yang) through JVR.

“It is with immense pride and excitement that we welcome Jay Chou, an icon of our times, into the Universal Music family,” adds Timothy Xu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMGC. “This partnership is more than a milestone for us; its 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 is hailed as the ‘King of Mandopop’ and has been a phenomenal figure in the Mandarin music scene since his debut in 2000 with JAY. His career spans 15 studio albums, each contributing to his enduring legacy among Mandopop fans. His 2022 release ‘Greatest Works of Art’ made him the first Mandarin artist to break into the top 10 of the IFPI Global Artist Chart.

Founded in 2007 by Jay Chou, Vincent Fang, and JR Yang, JVR Music is a highly respected and successful label and artist management agency. “Aligning with UMG in this strategic partnership, marks a new chapter for Jay and JVR towards our vision of elevating Mandarin pop music globally,” adds JR Yang, CEO of JVR Music.

“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.”

Jay Chou is highly regarded as a songwriter in addition to his performing work. He has composed and produced all of his songs, many in collaboration with lyricist Vincent Fang. Since 2013, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has been a global publisher for Jay Chou and JVR, managing their entire song catalog. The expanded global strategic agreement with UMGC marks a new era in UMG’s role as a global partner for Jay Chou and JVR.