The wait is over for Catfish return


The wait is over as Catfish and the Bottlemen’s highly anticipated second album The Ride is out now. With their breakthrough debut The Balcony heading for platinum status in the UK, the incredible follow-up is made up of 11 anthemic tracks, each featuring soaring guitar solos, and proving why Catfish are one of the most captivating bands at the moment.

Sneakbo signs to Virgin EMI


After six years of releasing music as an independent artist, South London rapper Sneakbo has been signed by Virgin EMI, joining their roster of ground-breaking artists including Lethal Bizzle, Krept and Konan and Meridian Dan.

The Roses return with All For One


After a week of speculation, fuelled by a teaser poster campaign nationwide and globally, Manchester’s finest The Stone Roses return with All For One, their first single in 21 years.

Florence’s silver screen Odyssey


Last year, Florence + the Machine accompanied their chart topping album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful with a series of artistic music videos. This week saw the videos were creatively linked together in a short film project The Odyssey. Florence and the Machine completed their short movie by releasing the final chapter, The Third Eye.

PJ Harvey scores her first chart topper


PJ Harvey has scored her first UK number one with her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, completing an albums and single chart double for her label Island who are also celebrating the number one single with One Dance from global superstar Drake.

Secret 7" 2016 opens its doors


Secret 7, the Universal Music-backed project that combines music and art for a good cause, opened its doors for 2016 at Sonos Studio last weekend. This year, tracks by Chvrches, Tame Impala, Etta James, John Lennon, Max Richter, Jack Garratt and The Jam were pressed on vinyl, with creatives from around the world creating 700 unique designs for the sleeves.

Years & Years' fast track to arenas


Last week saw Years & Years play their biggest headline show to date at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. Olly, Emre and Mikey end their run of UK shows at Wembley Arena, playing to over 12,000 fans – over 10,000 more than fit into the intimate setting of Shepherd's Bush where the Polydor band started their whirlwind 12 months.

Slow burn sucess for Island's Posner


Island have this week announced the release of At Night, Alone, the second album from chart topping American singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner, whose slow burning single I Took A Pill In Ibiza is set to top the UK chart for a second week.

Secret 7" reveal this year's artists


The Universal Music-supported art and music project Secret 7” has announced its contributing artists for its fifth yearly instalment. Amongst the list are Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Paul Smith, Jenny Holzer, George Hardie, Gavin Turk, Cheryl Dunn, Thierry Noir and Marina Willer, alongside hundreds more.

Universal's big night at the Brits


The 2016 Brit Awards proved a sensational night for Universal Music, featuring stand-out performances from our artists and comfortably the biggest share of winners.


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