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Brits nominations 2017

16/01/2017

Universal Music artists have received a total of 15 nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards.

Raye takes on 2017

12/01/2017

From the moment Polydor released Raye’s debut single I, U, Us, in August shortly followed by her clothing range, her name has been on the tip of many industry tongues. Starting the year with third place in the BBC’s Sound of 2017, Polydor are cementing her as one of the key new talents to watch in 2017.

The Stones roll into Christmas

14/12/2016

As well as securing their 12th number one album, their first original studio album to reach number one for 22 years and the second biggest week one sales of the year in the UK, The Rolling Stones are celebrating a slew of number ones around the globe with Blue & Lonesome.

The Weeknd becomes the most streamed artist in the world

02/12/2016

After releasing one of the most anticipated albums of the year in Starboy, the team at Island continue to celebrate this week as The Weeknd is now the most streamed artist in the world, with 36.6m monthly listeners which has knocked Drake off the top spot.

London to Paris riders raise £61,000

28/11/2016

The donations have been counted and Universal Music’s London to Paris cyclists are proud to announce they have raised over £61,000 for French aid charity FENVAC and Nordoff Robbins, the UK staff’s charity of the year.

Spinnup celebrate 100,000 milestone

25/11/2016

After Metallica’s triumphant show at the House of Vans last week, the Globe team are continuing the promotional drive for ‘Hardwired to Self Destruct’ with a hugely successful live-stream broadcast of the the night in its entirety. In all, 40,000 people applied for the chance to win tickets to the 800 capacity venue, but Globe were able to ensure that the gig was available to experience on-demand globally.

Metallica return after eight years with new album

17/11/2016

Eight years of waiting is over for Metallica fans, as the band have released their 10th studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, the follow-up to their 2008 Grammy-winning platinum album Death Magnetic.

Emeli Sandé makes anthemic return with second album

10/11/2016

After a four-year break from the spotlight, Virgin EMI’s phenomenally successful singer songwriter Emeli Sandé is back with her second album Long Live the Angels, the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2012 debut Our Version Of Events. Long Live The Angels serves as a mesmerising journey through the triumphs and tragedies of the last four years of Sandé’s life.

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