Ultra Music

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Ultra Music
  • Record label
  • Publishing
  • Artist management
Key people
  • Patrick Moxey
  • David Waxman
ParentSony Music Entertainment

Ultra Music is a worldwide music entity, comprising Ultra Records, Ultra Music Publishing,[1] and Empire Artist Management. Ultra Music was formed in New York City in 1995 by former Polygram and Virgin Records executive Patrick Moxey, who is the owner. As of December 23, 2012, Ultra entered a global alliance with Sony Music, giving its artists access to Sony's international marketing and promotional resources. Moxey also holds the title as president of Sony's Worldwide Electronic Music efforts.[2]

Ultra Music' roster includes Sofi Tukker, Kygo, Steve Aoki, Mr. Probz, DVBBS, Shaun Frank, Era Istrefi, Deorro, Flosstradamus, Carnage, Louis The Child, Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Lost Frequencies, Tep No, Benny Benassi, Mako, Klingande, Giiants, Iceleak and Headhunterz. Ultra has featured releases from deadmau5, Alan Walker, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Sak Noel, Paul Oakenfold, Avicii, David Guetta, Pitbull, The Crystal Method, The Bloody Beetroots, Sasha, John Digweed and Virginia to Vegas.[3]


Ultra Music has received Grammys for Benny Benassi's remix of Public Enemy's “Bring The Noise” (2008) and Skrillex’s remix of Benny Benassi's "Cinema" (2012), as well as being nominated in 2017 for Best Dance Recording with Sofi Tukker's “Drinkee”, Best Dance Electronic Album with Jean-Michel Jarre's “Electronic 1: The Time Machine”, and Best Music Film with Steve Aoki’s “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”.[4] Ultra Music has also won the title of International Dance Music Awards's Best American Music Label 10 consecutive times.[5]


By 2017, Ultra Music has received Diamond, Platinum, and Gold records worldwide.

  • OMI's "Cheerleader" (Felix Jaehn Remix) has received 1× Diamond, 20× Platinum, and 7× Gold certifications globally.
  • Steve Aoki and member of One Direction, Louis Tomlinson, released their collaboration “Just Hold On” which went Gold and Silver in 6 countries in four months.
  • “Don’t Be So Shy (Filatov & Karas Remix)” by French singer and model Imany went 2× Platinum.
  • Producer and DJ Deorro’s Latin crossover ballad “Bailar”, featuring Grammy Award-winning Merengue singer Elvis Crespo went multi-Platinum and Gold.
  • Deorro's collaboration with Chris Brown “Five More Hours” earned 19× Platinum and 4× Gold certifications.
  • “Paradise” a collaboration between Benny Benassi and Chris Brown went certified Gold in 2016.
  • Jesper Jenset's singles released on the label in partnership with Sony Music Norway "High" and "Painkiller" have become 2× Platinum and Gold in Norway respectively.[6]

Recent signings to the Ultra repertoire have acquired charted titles:

  • Lost Frequencies’ “Are You With Me” with multi-Platinum and Gold certifications across 14 countries.
  • Pop singer Era Istrefi’s track “BonBon” went Gold in 4 countries.
  • SNBRN’s “Gangsta Walk” went 2× Platinum.
  • French producer Klingande went Platinum with his song “Somewhere New”.
  • Grammy-nominated duo Sofi Tukker went certified Gold with their record “Drinkee”.
  • Ultra's artist Kygo performed the Closing Ceremony of Rio's 2016 Olympics.[7]

Ultra International Music Publishing[edit]

Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) is the music publishing arm of Ultra Music representing the publishing of songwriters on:

  • James Arthur - Say You Wont Let Go
  • Anderson .Paak - Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
  • Era Istrefi - BonBon
  • DJ ESCO - Too Much Sauce (feat. Future, Lil Uzi Vert)
  • Katy Perry - Firework
  • Rihanna - Only Girl In The World[8]

Full list of UIMP repertoire[edit]


Ultra Music releases are featured in film, television, video games, film trailers, and advertisements including the following in 2016:


  • Ultra Music has produced a series of long concert movies, including Steve Aoki’s Grammy nominated I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2016) Documentary, as well as Kygo and Deorro's forthcoming concert documentaries.
  • Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Music have partnered with one another to create a series of electronic music festivals worldwide.[11]


Dance music compilations that have come out on Ultra Music:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ultra Music Media - About". UltraMusicMedia.com. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music". Billboard. January 23, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Homepage | Ultra Music / Ultra Records / Ultra". www.ultramusic.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "31st Annual International Dance Music Awards - Winter Music Conference 2017 - WMC 2017". Winter Music Conference. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "IFPI" (in Norwegian). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  7. ^ Olympic (August 23, 2016). "Carry Me - Kygo feat. Julia Michaels Live at the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony". Retrieved May 3, 2017 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Ultra Music Media - Publishing Writer". UltraMusicMedia.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Steve Aoki feat. Kid Ink - Delirious (Boneless) - War Dogs Trailer
  10. ^ "Ultra Music Media - Home". ultramusicmedia.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Ultra Music, Ultra Music Festival Announce 'Global Alliance'". Billboard. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Ultra.Dance at Amazon.com
  13. ^ Ultra.Trance at Amazon.com
  14. ^ "DJ Ricardo at Allmusic.com".
  15. ^ Out.Anthems at Amazon.com
  16. ^ "Out.Anthems at About.com".

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