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In the two years since they were unveiled Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, have already made a big impact in the run up to the Games inspiring thousands of youngsters to take an active part in sport.
A series of fun, animated films has been created for youngsters to engage with Wenlock and Mandeville as they embark on Olympic-related adventures during a journey to the Games in London.
Rainbow to the Games is the soundtrack accompanying the mascots as they travel the UK, try out new sports and meet some of the sporting legends who will take part in this year’s athletic events.
Get ready to train like an Olympic athlete with this three-disc fitness album that provides the best cardio-pumping tunes for a spinning class alongside some of the tracks used by Great Britain’s best athletes to motivate them on bitterly cold winter training days.
If the Workout Mix doesn’t slice at least 10 minutes of your personal best marathon time, then the Get Fit music workout is just what the fitness coach ordered.
The communications team has the good fortune of being joined by Megan who’s here with us doing work experience for two weeks. Megan is 17 years-old, a vinyl buyer and aspiring music journalist so we asked her, “Why do you like vinyl? Do youngsters really want to buy records?” She came back to us with the below:
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.
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.
Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, provides an update on the recent launch of the first Official Streaming Chart.
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.
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.