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.
The marriage of creativity and business isn’t always a match made in heaven so it was interesting to discover the BPI’s recent AGM exploring how this relationship can be best made to work. The Amplifying Success forum felt especially relevant at a time when the point where creativity meets big business is being reshaped by the 24/7 digital world.
Our latest Utalks sessions were a small part of the week-long Music For Youth national festival in Birmingham and we were lucky enough to be invited along on the Friday as part of the Rock, Pop & Urban day at the HMV Institute. All of the attendees were set to perform in the venue that evening and came to pay us a visit between sound checks.
Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, provides an update on the recent launch of the first Official Streaming Chart.
Forget about Dwain Chambers and Christian Malcolm dropping the baton in the European Championships. Ignore the stuff psychologists are saying about Stella McCartney’s Olympic kit fielding the wrong colours. And who cares about the likely gridlock in London come the end of the month.
What is being touted as the world’s first global debate on hip hop has got us all fired up at Universal, which represents a healthy crop of the world’s leading rappers including Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.
Every day from 2nd – 6th July, Uvinyl will be releasing a select few exclusive and extremely limited edition records from some of the most iconic artists, including The Cure, The Kinks, Elbow, Metallica, Abba and more. The range will include 12″, 10″, and 7″ picture discs, coloured and shaped vinyl.
A number of Universal execs made the trip to Cheshire on Wednesday to see the Stone Roses play their first live gig in over 15 years in Warrington, birth place of frontman Ian Brown, as a warm up for their highly anticipated Heaton Park shows.
British soul talent and BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka launches a new interactive video to the tune of Tell Me A Tale, featuring an exclusive competition within.
James Cowdery – Innovation Manager, Universal Music UK
I’m delighted to announce the launch today of the Umusic UK Artist Gateway – a new way of talking about our artists online. We now have a data-driven, dynamically published and persistent web page for every one of our UK artists and each of their albums and singles.
Secret 7”- the project combining the worlds of music and art in aid of charity - threw open its doors on Saturday, Record Store Day, for the sale of over 600 sleeves.