Universal Acquires Frank Zappa's Music Rights and Vault

Universal Music Group (UMG) has recently acquired the recordings, song catalog, and the complete contents of the Frank Zappa Vault from the Zappa Family Trust. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Frank Zappa, an American musician, songwriter, and bandleader, is known for his experimental and satirical approach to music. His career spanned over four decades, during which he released more than 60 albums.

According to Music Business Worldwide, the deal includes Zappa's master recordings, song catalog, and over 1,000 hours of audio and video content. This extensive archive will be added to UMG's vast music library.

The Zappa Family Trust had previously licensed some of Zappa's music to other record labels, but this acquisition grants UMG the exclusive rights to Zappa's entire catalog.

Billboard reports that the acquisition also includes Zappa's publishing rights, which will give UMG control over the licensing and synchronization of his songs in films, TV shows, and advertisements.

The acquisition of Frank Zappa's music rights and vault content is a significant addition to UMG's extensive music library. It not only strengthens UMG's position in the music industry but also provides fans with more opportunities to access and enjoy Zappa's music.

Rolling Stone states that the deal also includes Zappa's unfinished projects, which may be completed and released in the future.

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