If you were wondering why Afrojack went out and spent $240,000 (and promptly crashed an hour later) a Ferrari 458 Italia last month, well, it might well be because today Universal Music Group announced it had signed him to a global deal and was immediately taking over radio promotion and sales in the U.S. for his sing “As Your Friend” featuring Chris Brown.
Obligatory press release gush from Afrojack: “I want to take my music to the next level, both creatively and from a business point of view. Partnering up with UMG will give me the chance to do both, so I am very happy we were able to make a deal. UMG will support my releases with very strong budgets and with great people working my music around the world.”
Obligatory press release gush from Hugo Langras, Afrojack’s manager. “This deal is an ideal combination of Wall Recordings’ strength as an independent with the worldwide marketing and distribution infrastructure that UMG can provide us with. We are very happy with this agreement, as it will allow us to take Afrojack’s career as a recording artist to the next level, while safeguarding his independence and stature in the EDM world.”
Let’s hope the deal includes driving lessons.