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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.

Utalks at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Utalks at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

24/11/2011

Last week a team from Universal Music UK ventured north of the border for the first Utalks session outside London. The event took place just before The Naked and Famous Glasgow show at the ABC. Fiction MD Jim Chancellor and label manager Steve Warby joined Thom Powers and Aaron Short from the band to make up our panel. Corrine McConnachie attended the session and kindly shared her thoughts with us.

Investors Open Day

Investors Open Day

24/11/2011

We recently threw open our doors for the second Universal Music Open Day. This time our main focus was investing in music and discussing the ins and outs of start ups, securing the capital behind the services and analysing the wider market.

On the panel were :
Hugh Campbell, Founding Partner, GP Bullhound
Alice Enders, Enders Analysis
Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer, Spotify
Luke Wood, CEO, Beats By Dre
Miranda Sawyer (chair)
Francis Keeling, Vice President, Digital, Universal Music Group International

Music and TV – joining forces in the new digital age

Music and TV – joining forces in the new digital age

02/11/2011

Julia Svennerstal - Digital Strategy Manager, Universal Music UK

Last week I was invited to attend a round table discussion titled "The music and TV industries: each other's saviour?" As a new member of the Universal staff this was a great opportunity to learn and meet others working to shape the future of digital music.

Brits countdown begins

Brits countdown begins

31/10/2011

Next year's Brit Awards, which take place on February 21st at the O2 Arena, will see the winners presented with a trophy designed by Sir Peter Blake, the man responsible for the sleeve for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

It's all about the bands

It's all about the bands

25/10/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

My job is nothing if not varied. Last week I spent some time in Parliament meeting with Julian Huppert, MP. Julian has expressed some strong views about the implementation of the Digital Economy Act, and we thought it was important that he hear directly from someone (me) who works in an industry where this is an important topic.

New Robbie Williams album set for release by Universal Music

21/10/2011

A new album from Robbie Williams is set to be released next year by Universal Music following a deal struck between the world’s leading record company and the most successful British male solo artist ever.

A sound investment – not risky business

A sound investment – not risky business

11/10/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

Over the past ten years, we and our artists have supported a broad range of new products and services (like Spotify and AudioFuel) to ensure the music we love can reach ever wider audiences. But unfortunately, this bucks the general trend throughout the rest of the creative industries.

Nevermind turns 20 - pt2

Nevermind turns 20 - pt2

22/09/2011

Kevin Phelan - Head of Licensing

Unusually I imagine, my strongest memory of Nirvana stems from Dave and Krist’s prowess as practical jokers.

Striking a sporting note

Striking a sporting note

27/09/2011

Michael Seymour - Communications

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the famous Abbey Road studios to see the London Philharmonic orchestra putting the final touches to the 205 national anthems being recorded in preparation for London 2012.

Anticipating f8

Anticipating f8

22/09/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

As one of the 750 million active Facebook users on earth, it's easy for me to see how deeper integration of music into this universal (note – small 'u'!) experience can have very positive implications for the health of our industry and our artists.

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