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.
There’s a school of thought that the digital age heralded the death knell for album artwork. Not true. As demonstrated by the massive success of the recent Secret 7 exhibition and auction, which saw 700 different single cover designs created by artists including Antony Gormley and Jake and Dinos Chapman, art and music remain very compatible sleeve mates.
Next month Universal Music is heading down to HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, in Hay-On-Wye.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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” returns for 2014 with seven more iconic acts and seven iconic songs from the past 33 years.
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.