I listened closely to “400 Lux” and I was able to notice the watermark on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes Match, and Google Play/YTM, but it doesn’t exist on the CD. Another track from the same album, “Royals”, was reuploaded on Spotify and Google Play/YTM, but the watermark still exists on iTunes Match, but not on Apple Music.
Also, I may have heard the watermark on some post-2015 UMG releases. “Here With Me” by Marshmello has the watermark on Pandora, but it doesn’t exist on Spotify or Apple Music/iTunes Match. I was able to notice the watermark on Chelsea Cutler’s “Sad Tonight” on iTunes Match. It is unclear if the watermark is on Spotify or other streaming services.
There is a possibility of UMG’s watermarks coming back for Round 2.
5 Seconds of Summer’s song “She Looks So Perfect” has the UMG watermark on both Google Play and Apple Music/iTunes Match. It is unclear if it was reuploaded on Spotify.
I heard Zedd’s new song “Inside Out” featuring Griff.
The song has an audible UMG watermark on it. Julia Michaels’ song “Lie Like This” had the UMG watermark but has since been reuploaded.
But on iTunes Match, both Chelsea Cutler’s “Sad Tonight” from her album “How To Be Human” and OneRepublic’s song “Better Days” from their new album “Human”, released in late 2020/early 2021 have the UMG watermarks, but the watermarks are not present on Spotify.
UMG should have reuploaded its entire library by now.
Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” (Geffen/A&M/Interscope) still has the UMG watermark on Spotify and iTunes Match. It was reuploaded some point in 2017-2018 or 2019 on Google Play/YouTube Music. My uncle has the CD of the album that has the song and I was able to tell the difference between the reuploaded version and the watermarked track on Spotify.