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James Bay returns for a new chapter

11/05/18

Virgin EMI have been whipping up excitement ahead of this week’s release of James Bay’s highly anticipated second album, Electric Light.

Loyal British fans push Post to top

04/05/2018

Post Malone’s loyal community of UK fans have helped drive him to the top of the UK album charts this week with his sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys, released this week by Island.

Sheku gets a royal call-up

26/04/2018

When Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle next month, the ceremony will be recorded live and released on Decca Records within hours of the service ending. Decca is capturing the entire Royal Wedding service which will include a performance by their star cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Aurora returns to her 'warriors and weirdos'

19/04/18

It’s all go at Decca ahead of Norwegian luminary Aurora’s second album. The team have kicked things off with the release of her new single Queendom, which is already growing her ‘Warriors and Weirdos’ fanbase.

CHVRCHES return for Virgin EMI

13/04/18

Virgin EMI’s CHVRCHES have released their new single Miracle this week, the fourth and latest track to be lifted from their eagerly anticipated album, Love Is Dead, out May 25.

Ben Howard's new music unveiled

06/04/18

Four years after the release of the chart-topping I Forget Where We Were, Island’s Brit-winning troubadour Ben Howard has announced details of his new album.

Universal music staff limber up for charity ride

06/04/18

Over the next couple of months, Universal Music staff are preparing for and taking part in both the Universal Music Ride and the 2018 London Marathon for inspiring causes and charities.

British film-makers tap into Island’s urban expertise

23/03/18

Island have joined forces with independent distributor Vertigo Releasing for the UK and Ireland release of the film which is the prequel to the underground 2016 hit The Intent.

Calum Scott releases debut album, Only Human

14/03/18

Following a whirlwind two years including sold out US tours, a UK number two single and a BRIT nomination, Calum Scott has released his much anticipated debut album via Virgin EMI in the UK.

Abbey Road named 2018 Studio of the Year

02/03/18

Abbey Road Studios was named 2018 Studio of the Year at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards this week. The prestigious award came after a pivotal year for Abbey Road which has seen its biggest transformation since opening 86 years ago.

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