“We’re thrilled to build on our innovative and collaborative relationship with Snap and to provide Snapchat’s users with access to UMG’s vast catalog of the most iconic recordings of all time," Universal’s executive vp of digital strategy Michael Nash said in a statement announcing the deal. "When entertainment and social media companies work together, fans are able to creatively build close-knit communities around the artists and the music they love, all while ensuring that artists are fairly compensated for the use of their music. We’re looking forward to working with Snap to unlock even more innovative features and allow creativity and expressive communication across Snapchat’s community.”
The partnership is also an extension of many of the ways that UMG’s artists have used Snapchat in the past to premiere music, tease new songs and sell merch on the platform, which says it has 280 million daily users and more than 500 million monthly active users of its app. Justin Bieber and benny blanco debuted a snippet of their single "Lonely" through the app’s then-new Sounds tool last October, while Nicki Minaj used the app to launch a merch line for her album Queen in 2018.
Through Snapchat’s Lens tool, BENEE’s song "Supalonely" generated 1 billion views, according to UMG, while Olivia Rodrigo used the AR Lens tech for her smash debut single "drivers license," with users creating some 10 million videos on the platform.
“It's been exciting to see how quickly Snapchatters have taken to our Sounds creative tool, and in turn the immense impact it has had on the music industry as they discover and share music with their friends and the community," Snap senior vp content and partnerships Ben Schwerin said in a statement. "Universal Music Group has been a tremendous partner over the past several years, and we're thrilled to expand our relationship to bring Snapchatters even more music to express themselves and create engaging Snaps."