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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.

BBC amplifies emerging talent

Universal Music UK teamed up with Urban Development at last week's BBC Introducing host Amplify event to curate and participate in a series of panels looking at issues including diversity, social media and the power of playlists.

Press record with Abbey Road app

06/10/2017

Anyone can take a step closer to the Abbey Road experience by using the studios’ first ever app, Topline. The free app helps musicians record their musical ideas instantly and precisely, sketching the beginning of a song as it happens as a new and improved style of voice notes.

Demi Lovato's back with her sixth album

28/09/2017

Demi Lovato is one of the most followed artists in the world, with 61.1m followers on Instagram and over 49.3m on Twitter, so it’s no surprise her fanbase have been front and centre of Polydor’s UK campaign for her sixth album Tell Me You Love Me.

Island go on air with BBC 5 Live

22/09/2017

BBC Radio 5 Live came down to Island Records HQ in Kensington this week, handing over the mics to staff and artists to offer behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the label.

Niall's album news ignites the web

15/09/2017

Niall Horan has taken to social media to announce his new single and his long-awaited debut solo album Flicker, set for release in the UK by Virgin EMI on October 20.

Wait is over for Sam Smith fans

08/09/2017

Sam Smith has today released his highly anticipated new single Too Good At Goodbyes via Capitol Records worldwide.

Get your music heard on Spinnup, a music distribution service like no other

Are you an unsigned musician interested in joining the ranks of artists signed to the world’s biggest record label? Let us introduce you to Spinnup, Universal Music’s distribution service with a difference, and the new way to get discovered by the music industry.

Taylor’s return is already flying

25/08/2017

Having made the mainstream news bulletins last week after disappearing from social media, Taylor Swift has put herself firmly back in the headlines and on the web with the release of the first new single from her long-awaited and highly anticipated sixth studio album, reputation.

Polydor's Instruction drives Jax success

11/08/2017

Jax Jones is riding high following the worldwide success of his smash single You Don't Know Me. He looks set to continue his winning streak, joining up with pop superstar Demi Lovato and the UK's fiercest MC Stefflon Don for his latest single Instruction.

Emerging artists embrace new Abbey Road studios

07/08/2016

It’s been five months since Abbey Road opened the doors to its new studios: the Gatehouse and the Front Room – both built with the intention of making the magic of Abbey Road more accessible to emerging artists.

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