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BPI AGM - Amplifying Success

BPI AGM, Chase Status

10/07/2012

The marriage of creativity and business isn’t always a match made in heaven so it was interesting to discover the BPI’s recent AGM exploring how this relationship can be best made to work. The Amplifying Success forum felt especially relevant at a time when the point where creativity meets big business is being reshaped by the 24/7 digital world.

Utalks at Music For Youth National Festival

09/07/2012

Our latest Utalks sessions were a small part of the week-long Music For Youth national festival in Birmingham and we were lucky enough to be invited along on the Friday as part of the Rock, Pop & Urban day at the HMV Institute. All of the attendees were set to perform in the venue that evening and came to pay us a visit between sound checks.

The Streaming Chart

spotify, streaming, charts

04/07/2012

Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, provides an update on the recent launch of the first Official Streaming Chart.

Elbow's BBC Olympic anthem

Elbow Olympic anthem BBC

02/07/2012

Forget about Dwain Chambers and Christian Malcolm dropping the baton in the European Championships. Ignore the stuff psychologists are saying about Stella McCartney’s Olympic kit fielding the wrong colours. And who cares about the likely gridlock in London come the end of the month.

Hip Hop on trial

26/06/2012

What is being touted as the world’s first global debate on hip hop has got us all fired up at Universal, which represents a healthy crop of the world’s leading rappers including Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

Uvinyl’s exclusive vinyl event

Every day from 2nd – 6th July, Uvinyl will be releasing a select few exclusive and extremely limited edition records from some of the most iconic artists, including The Cure, The Kinks, Elbow, Metallica, Abba and more. The range will include 12″, 10″, and 7″ picture discs, coloured and shaped vinyl.

Roses play Warrington warm-up gig

A number of Universal execs made the trip to Cheshire on Wednesday to see the Stone Roses play their first live gig in over 15 years in Warrington, birth place of frontman Ian Brown, as a warm up for their highly anticipated Heaton Park shows.

Michael Kiwanuka launches interactive video

British soul talent and BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka launches a new interactive video to the tune of Tell Me A Tale, featuring an exclusive competition within.

Introducing the Umusic Artist Gateway

08/03/2012

James Cowdery – Innovation Manager, Universal Music UK

I’m delighted to announce the launch today of the Umusic UK Artist Gateway – a new way of talking about our artists online. We now have a data-driven, dynamically published and persistent web page for every one of our UK artists and each of their albums and singles.

Secret 7" goes on sale

Secret 7" vinyl Record Store Day

Secret 7”- the project combining the worlds of music and art in aid of charity - threw open its doors on Saturday, Record Store Day, for the sale of over 600 sleeves.

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