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.
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
It’s hard to believe that 12 months ago, Years and Years had won BBC Sound Polls for 2015 and James Bay was second. But 12 months on, both are a huge success, with Years and Years’ debut album reaching number one in the charts, and James Bay has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
Brian Rose, Managing Director - Commercial Division UK & Ireland, recently signed off on a ground-breaking deal to sell CDs in Primark. He discusses how music and fashion can become the perfect retail partners and also how new digital music services, smart-phones and tablets will make this Christmas Day a high-water mark in digital downloads.
The Decca team, who last year brought you the music of The Military Wives, are again doing their bit for the Christmas charts with the release this week of Rod Stewart's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
It was no surprise that Paul Weller slammed David Cameron for mistaking the message behind The Eton Rifles when the Prime Minister claimed the 1979 Jam track was his favourite song. Taking an anti-establishment stance is a common position for many musicians from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols because finding yourself championed by the powers-that-be is an instant credibility reducer.