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.
David Joseph - Chairman, Universal Music UK
We live in an immediate world so it wasn’t a great surprise when Google and iTunes told us that searches for a new song tend to peak two or three weeks before a record is released, a time when the only place our music had been available was on illegal sites.
London folk-pop four-piece Noah & The Whale release their new album Last Night On Earth today.
Gary Harris - A&R Exec, Fiction
So here I am on a train making my way to Brighton for 2011’s Great Escape Festival, the UK’s answer to SXSW.
Straight to the hotel to check in and I’m off to the Dome to collect my pass, then on to Komedia to see the Deep Sea Arcade.
Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK
In his report for Forrester, author Mark Mulligan talks about ‘Digital Natives’, 12-15 year olds who have no experience of a world where music was paid for in the way older people would understand - physical products, downloads or even subscription models.
Fiction A&R execs Gary Harris and Alex Close have written this blog with some useful first steps if you want to turn your music into a career.
Tinchy Stryder, the man behind Star In The Hood, reveals how his deal took his career to the next level.
Elbow's frontman talks about his man at Fiction, Jim Chancellor.
Utalks begins at Universal Music HQ.