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Universal Music UK’s blog on music, the music news stories which interest us most and the wider issues which affect our business. Some food for thought we hope.

Umusic at Reading Festival 2011

Umusic at Reading Festival 2011

23/08/2011

The August Bank Holiday is fast approaching and for a lot of us at Universal Music that means one thing: the weekend of the Reading and Leeds festivals. We will be blogging from the Reading site all weekend so keep checking back to see what we get up to, which bands we're watching and the occasional weather update.

#futureofmusic with Wired

#futureofmusic with Wired

22/07/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

This week I spoke at Wired’s Future of Music event with Michael Breidenbruecker (founder of RJDJ) and Imogen Heap.

Utalks at Urban Development

Utalks at Urban Development

18/07/2011

Courtney Buck - Intern, Urban Development

Utalks are a series of informal sessions to give people interested in and around music the chance to speak to people working on the frontline. Hosted by staff at Universal Music, this is only the fourth of its kind, although Universal is planning to host more throughout the year. For this edition Utalks comes to UDHQ at the Three Mills Studios in East London.

Polydor at Sonisphere

Polydor at Sonisphere

15/07/2011

Olivia Whatley-Hobbs - Digital Marketing, Polydor

A big part of what we do is collecting content such as videos and photos from some of the top festivals and gigs that our artists play.

Elbow at Glastonbury

Elbow at Glastonbury

05/07/2011

Liz Goodwin - Head of Marketing, Polydor

Glastonbury has to be one of the musical highlights every year. Cramming onto a farm with 150,000 people isn’t everyone’s idea of fun but loads of people here at Universal HQ are hooked.

Breakfast in Parliament - pt2

Breakfast in Parliament - pt2

01/07/2011

Hanna Chalmers - Head of Research And Insight, Universal Music UK

On Monday I said I’d update you on our trip to parliament to meet MPs and tell them about Universal Music.

It’s hard not to feel a sense of excitement and trepidation as one is led through security into such a formidable and historic building as the House of Commons.

Breakfast in Parliament

Breakfast in Parliament

27/06/2011

Hanna Chalmers - Head of Research And Insight, Universal Music UK

My day job is heading up Universal Music's Insight team.

People often ask what this means and most simply put it's our team's job to be the voice of the music fan across Universal Music.

Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge

15/06/2011

Universal UK's team of intrepid explorers are this week preparing to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Three Peaks Challenge consists of climbing the highest peak in England, Wales and Scotland in less than 24 hours. To make the challenge that little bit harder, team member Matt Saunders will be taking a carboard cut out of Justin Bieber along for the trip.

Create your own Kaiser Chiefs album

Create your own Kaiser Chiefs album

06/06/2011

The Kaiser Chiefs were in the Fiction offices on Friday after the launch of their new ‘create your own album’ called The Future is Medieval.

The idea behind the release is to let fans be part of the creative process as explained in this YouTube Video.

Utalks at Goldsmiths

Utalks at Goldsmiths

31/05/2011

Ross Anderson - Creative Director, Polydor

On sitting down in front of 100 students at Goldsmiths College this Monday, my first thought was that they could ask anything, and that frankly made me a bit nervous. Not because we have an skeletons in our cupboard, or have anything to be ashamed of, but just because we haven’t done this before. It’s easy to hide behind what we do ‘because we know best’ – BUT, in this scenario, was it time for us to explain ourselves!?

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