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HowTheLightGetsIn 2014

10/04/2014

Next month Universal Music is heading down to HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, in Hay-On-Wye.

Secret 7" returns for 2014

24/03/2014

Globally renowned artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sir Antony Gormley and Sir Paul Smith have all created original artworks for this year's Secret 7", the charity project which offers hundreds of designers a chance to create an original vinyl artwork, this year in aid of War Child.

Universal Music Brits party 2014

21/02/2014

The Brits, the biggest night in British music, took place last week and Universal Music celebrated in style with a little help from Soho House and Bacardi, as well as a few special guests.

Urban coming back around

18/02/2014

BBC London’s Dotun Adebayo on Sunday show recently hosted a roundtable featuring several kingpins of the urban music scene including Rich Castillo, head of A&R at London Records and All Around The World, Phoebe One and MC Bushkin from the Heartless Crew.

Music Remains - a recorded music Rube Goldberg machine

14/02/2014

A 90-second race through time filmed at London’s world-famous Abbey Road studios, Music Remains shows music at the heart of the story of one family.

Queen make chart history

07/02/2014

Queen have gone straight into the record books after becoming the first act to sell more than 6m copies of an album in the UK.

Music Inc. takes centre stage

05/02/2014

Music Inc, an app which lets players manage the careers of aspiring virtual musicians, has been launched today. Available for free, UK Music and the government are hoping it can play a part in increasing understanding of the business strategy around music.

Secret 7" 2014

07/01/2014

Secret 7” returns for 2014 with seven more iconic acts and seven iconic songs from the past 33 years.

The High Street fights back

07/01/2014

Over the past few years the festive music shopping story has predominantly been dominated by online and early in 2013 shops selling records were virtually written off. In January when HMV, the UK’s biggest bricks and mortar music retailer, fell into administration it looked like the writing was on the wall. Not so. The fightback has started. It was signalled this summer when the indie stores reported a 44% leap in album sales for the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2012.

Robbie scores UK's 1,000th number one album

25/11/2013

Robbie Williams was crowned king of the charts yesterday when his latest album, Swings Both Ways, beat off all comers to notch up the landmark 1000th number one album release in the UK. It was fitting achievement: the first album to top the album charts in July 1956 was Songs For Swingin’ Lovers from the master of swing, Frank Sinatra.

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