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PJ Harvey scores her first chart topper

22/04/2016

PJ Harvey has scored her first UK number one with her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, completing an albums and single chart double for her label Island who are also celebrating the number one single with One Dance from global superstar Drake.

Secret 7" 2016 opens its doors

14/04/2016

Secret 7, the Universal Music-backed project that combines music and art for a good cause, opened its doors for 2016 at Sonos Studio last weekend. This year, tracks by Chvrches, Tame Impala, Etta James, John Lennon, Max Richter, Jack Garratt and The Jam were pressed on vinyl, with creatives from around the world creating 700 unique designs for the sleeves.

Years & Years' fast track to arenas

06/04/2016

Last week saw Years & Years play their biggest headline show to date at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. Olly, Emre and Mikey end their run of UK shows at Wembley Arena, playing to over 12,000 fans – over 10,000 more than fit into the intimate setting of Shepherd's Bush where the Polydor band started their whirlwind 12 months.

Slow burn sucess for Island's Posner

24/03/2016

Island have this week announced the release of At Night, Alone, the second album from chart topping American singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner, whose slow burning single I Took A Pill In Ibiza is set to top the UK chart for a second week.

Secret 7" reveal this year's artists

18/03/2016

The Universal Music-supported art and music project Secret 7” has announced its contributing artists for its fifth yearly instalment. Amongst the list are Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Paul Smith, Jenny Holzer, George Hardie, Gavin Turk, Cheryl Dunn, Thierry Noir and Marina Willer, alongside hundreds more.

Universal's big night at the Brits

26/02/2016

The 2016 Brit Awards proved a sensational night for Universal Music, featuring stand-out performances from our artists and comfortably the biggest share of winners.

Hozier's charity single support

12/02/2016

Certified musical legend Sir Elton is hitting the promo trail in support of his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night. Released today, the LP sees the flamboyant star return to the rock ‘n roll past that’s excited fans and his label Virgin EMI alike.

Elton revives his rock 'n roll roots

05/02/2016

Certified musical legend Sir Elton is hitting the promo trail in support of his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night. Released today, the LP sees the flamboyant star return to the rock ‘n roll past that’s excited fans and his label Virgin EMI alike.

Rihanna ups the Anti

29/01/2016

Rihanna has made her grand return with ANTI, her highly anticipated eighth studio album.

Sam and AMY get the big screen spotlight

15/01/2015

Universal Music artists are kicking off 2016 in the big screen spotlight, led by Sam Smith who has won a Golden Globe award for his official Bond theme song Writing’s On The Wall with Jimmy Napes.

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