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UMC has been bathed in the Feelgood factor recently, gearing up for today’s launch of a new Best Of compilation from Wilko Johnson, on the suitably legendary Chess label.
Lorde has been teasing new music all week, but last night the wait was finally over as she released her stunning new single Green Light. Accompanied by a Grant Singer-directed music video, the single heralds the arrival of Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama, the follow-up to 2013’s triple-platinum Pure Heroine.
With The 1975’s Matty Healy urging his fellow musicians not to “stay in their lane” – “people who have a platform should use it” – and Katy Perry performing alongside dancing skeletons seemingly dressed as Donald Trump and Theresa May, two Universal Music artists injected a note of politics into the 2017 BRIT Awards.
Island are returning to their roots by signing a multi-talented reggae artist to their roster - 20 year old singer, songwriter and producer Skip Marley, grandson of the legendary Bob Marley.
Over the last two weeks, 32 trainees from East London Arts & Music have been working alongside the teams at Universal Music to learn more about the industry. Communications work experience Ellie Lawrie got the inside scoop from the next generation of industry execs.
A huge buzz has surrounded the sequel to the iconic Trainspotting film, and its highly anticipated soundtrack, which were both released last week.
Telling stories is central to Polydor’s launch of Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions
Music recorded at Abbey Road Studios will now be powered by the wind and the sun, after Universal Music switched supply to green energy company Ecotricity.
Universal Music UK’s staff charity of the year Nordoff Robbins have been presented with a cheque for £70,000, the results of the team’s fundraising over the past 12 months.
The UMC team are today celebrating Rick Wakeman’s Piano Portraits entering the chart at number seven, the first album featuring just “two hands and a piano” to chart inside the Top 10.