Record label and music distribution company Empire signed a deal Friday with Universal Music Group. The deal will give UMG access to Empire’s digital distribution services. This news comes courtesy of an IG post from Ghazi, Empire’s CEO. Although Empire is a smaller company, their position in the game on streaming and digital distribution gives them leverage to make moves in UMG’s favor. What do you think about this partnership? What does this mean for the independent artists that Empire works with? Let us know what you think in the comments below.