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.
It used to be if an artist allowed one of their songs to be used in an ad, it was on the condition that the commercial was screened only in darkest Kyrgyzstan.
Now there are hundreds of different platforms to showcase a song and very few, if any, artists or bands think becoming a brand ambassador or having their music appear in a PlayStation game or as part of the storyline in a TV series is beneath them.
What’s that thing about waiting for a bus? You wait ages and then along comes....
It’s been kind of like that for music on TV lately. Just when you thought production companies and TV commissioners had given up on pop, a raft of new music offerings suddenly rock up.
Globally renowned artists Gilbert & George and Ai Weiwei will be designing record sleeves for Secret 7”, the charity project which gives designers a chance to create an original vinyl artwork, this year raising money for ART AGAINST KNIVES.
Universal Music UK chairman & CEO David Joseph has announced the launch of Virgin EMI Records – a creative powerhouse bringing together the newly reinvigorated Virgin Records and its Universal Music sister company Mercury Records.
Every recording artist wants to leave the studio with a remarkable piece of work and they’ll go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their music sounds exactly as they intended.
But for many fans listening to the end result, a hefty slice of audio quality has been lost in the rush for convenience. Last week, in Abbey Road studios, there was a strong feeling that the tide is turning.
At our Sound Open Day – the third of our annual Open Day events - our panel debated sound quality and if it still had an importance. Here's the video from the evening so you can hear exactly what the panel had to say.
Music fans up and down the country eagerly tuned in on Wednesday night for The BRITs 2013. Once the show was over, the hottest ticket in town was for the Universal Music Brits party hosted by Bacardi at the Soho House pop-up.
The past few months we’ve been hitting the road for some more Utalks, visiting schools, universities and youth organisations up and down the country with our panellists ready to discuss pretty much anything about music and the music business.
Many commentators have had a go at predicting which technology trends are going to be big this year, but what about the in-house futurologists at Universal Music?
So pop is popular. And it got even more popular last year. But not every A&R in town is salivating over today's BPI stats or sweating about how they can emulate Emeli or deliver Del Rey lite