by Alessandra Izzo aka Ally Cat

On Thursday December 21st, Facebook announced it had signed a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, in a game changing agreement that will see polers finally have permission to use background music without being banished into Facebook jail, or worse, have their accounts permanently shut down for copyright infringement. This agreement will also extend to Instagram videos.

The deal, though currently limited to the Universal Music catalog, re-opens a treasure trove of auditory delights for polers. This is especially relevant for those of us wanting to showcase choreography – which when watched without music takes away the context and hence a large part of it’s impact.

In a statement from Facebook, it has been reported that users will soon be able to upload licensed music content from Universal Music, create personalised experiences (as yet unspecified) and interact with musicians, ultimately across Facebook’s different social networks which include Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

There will be “social features” for the licensed music added to Facebook, however the details surrounding these features remain unclear. It has not been disclosed when the new rules will take effect.

On top of this, it has also been reported that Facebook are currently in talks with other major music players including Sony and Warner. So stay tuned for more updates!

Below is a snapshot of popular artists who are signed to Universal. You can do a search for specific songs you will soon be able to use here.

To see a longer list of Universal artists, click here.

  • 50 Cent
  • Akon
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Ariana Grande
  • The Beatles
  • Beyonce
  • Björk
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Blink182
  • Bon Jovi
  • Bryan Adams
  • The Cranberries
  • The Crystal Method
  • The Cure
  • Chicane
  • Crystal Castles
  • Cut Copy
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • David Gray
  • Darude
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Deadmau5
  • Deep Purple
  • Demi Lovato
  • Depeche Mode
  • Die Antwoord
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Duran Duran
  • Eminem
  • Enigma
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Erykah Badu
  • Evanescence
  • Fever Ray
  • Flo Rida
  • Florence and the Machine
  • George Michael
  • Gorillaz
  • Gotye
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Halsey
  • Hozier
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Infected Mushroom
  • Jay-Z
  • Ja Rule
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kanye West
  • Kid Cudi
  • The Knife
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lorde
  • Lil’ Kim
  • Lil Wayne
  • The Lonely Island
  • Ludacris
  • Madonna
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Metallica
  • MIA
  • Muse
  • Ne-Yo
  • Nelly
  • N.E.R.D
  • Nick Cave
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Katy Perry
  • Pussycat Dolls
  • Rammstein
  • Rob Zombie
  • Robbie Williams
  • Sam Smith
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tove Lo
  • Tupac Shakur
  • U2