Lady Gaga, whose label  Interscope is owned by Universal Music, sings at US president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Shares in Universal Music Group leapt by more than a third in their trading debut, valuing the world’s biggest label at €45.5 billion and delivering a(...)

Nohemi Gonzalez (23) had dual US and Mexican nationality and was studying in Paris on exchange from California State University, Long Beach.

Thomas Ayad (32) Ayad, a product manager for Universal Music France, was chatting to a friend at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan wh(...)

Kokepiyo, a girl group, at an in-store event at a Tower Records in Tokyo, one of the chain’s 85 locations in Japan. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.On a drizzly Sunday afte(...)