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.
It’s hard to believe that 12 months ago, Years and Years had won BBC Sound Polls for 2015 and James Bay was second. But 12 months on, both are a huge success, with Years and Years’ debut album reaching number one in the charts, and James Bay has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
Brian Rose, Managing Director - Commercial Division UK & Ireland, recently signed off on a ground-breaking deal to sell CDs in Primark. He discusses how music and fashion can become the perfect retail partners and also how new digital music services, smart-phones and tablets will make this Christmas Day a high-water mark in digital downloads.
The Decca team, who last year brought you the music of The Military Wives, are again doing their bit for the Christmas charts with the release this week of Rod Stewart's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
It was no surprise that Paul Weller slammed David Cameron for mistaking the message behind The Eton Rifles when the Prime Minister claimed the 1979 Jam track was his favourite song. Taking an anti-establishment stance is a common position for many musicians from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols because finding yourself championed by the powers-that-be is an instant credibility reducer.
Copyright might not be as exciting as Gaga’s stage costumes or as mind blowing as a live show by the Stones, but it is an important cog in the life of an artist.
Polydor’s head of digital Aaron Bogucki, along with five other Universal Music UK staff, made the trip earlier this week to the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts for the ninth instalment of the Utalks series.
When it comes to music, the old adage ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ doesn’t always apply. Online fan funded music platforms such as PledgeMusic have already found that enough is never enough when artists and bands reach out to their fan base to underwrite musical projects.
The Savile scandal is making these dark days for BBC, but an enduring bright spot at the Corporation is 6 Music
Music is represented in the app explosion – Shazam, anyone? – but we can’t help feeling there’s plenty more scope to develop apps with music at their heart. Hence our support for an app-building competition which has just been launched by Queen’s Park Community School, not too far from our London offices.
After a decade of intense lobbying, the Live Music Act became law this week, removing the raft of red tape and bureaucracy imposed by the Licensing Act 2003.