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Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge

15/06/2011

Universal UK's team of intrepid explorers are this week preparing to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Three Peaks Challenge consists of climbing the highest peak in England, Wales and Scotland in less than 24 hours. To make the challenge that little bit harder, team member Matt Saunders will be taking a carboard cut out of Justin Bieber along for the trip.

Create your own Kaiser Chiefs album

Create your own Kaiser Chiefs album

06/06/2011

The Kaiser Chiefs were in the Fiction offices on Friday after the launch of their new ‘create your own album’ called The Future is Medieval.

The idea behind the release is to let fans be part of the creative process as explained in this YouTube Video.

Utalks at Goldsmiths

Utalks at Goldsmiths

31/05/2011

Ross Anderson - Creative Director, Polydor

On sitting down in front of 100 students at Goldsmiths College this Monday, my first thought was that they could ask anything, and that frankly made me a bit nervous. Not because we have an skeletons in our cupboard, or have anything to be ashamed of, but just because we haven’t done this before. It’s easy to hide behind what we do ‘because we know best’ – BUT, in this scenario, was it time for us to explain ourselves!?

Tinchy, Dappy, Pixie and SBTV

Tinchy, Dappy, Pixie and SBTV

31/05/2011

As you would expect at a record label we quite often see artists coming and going during the day. Now and again these artists get together and create something a little special. Last week Mercury’s reception was invaded by Dappy, Tinchy Stryder, Pixie Lott and the crew from SBTV for this spontaneous acoustic performance of Spaceship.

Music when you want, how you want

Music when you want, how you want

19/05/2011

If you buy music you should be able to listen to it in the way you want, whether you’re burning MP3s onto a disc or putting CD albums on your iPod. But as things stand when you transfer music you own to a different device (known as format shifting), you’re technically breaking the law.

Music Matters

Music Matters

12/05/2011

Niamh Byrne - Head of Creative Content Strategy, Universal Music UK

When [Universal Music UK chairman] David Joseph first asked me whether I had any ideas to develop a campaign which would kick start a conversation around the value of music I was sceptical.

Decca rush release a piece of history

Decca rush release a piece of history

06/05/2011

Mark Wilkinson - Managing Director, Decca

Universal Music’s connection with the Royal Household began back in 1981 when our then parent company PolyGram distributed the official recording of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding on behalf of the BBC.

Introducing Uvinyl

Introducing Uvinyl

20/04/2011

Wayne Horton - E-commerce Commercial Manager, Universal Music UK

Vinyl is a glorious format and I’ve been a fan for many years. It’s the format of choice for DJs and Audiophiles alike. Sales of LPs have been increasing since 2007 and initiatives such as Record Store Day have made vinyl cool again.

Changes to Spotify

Changes to Spotify

14/04/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

Today, Spotify, the music subscription service, announced some changes to their service via their excellent blog. The most eye-catching is that after six months of full access to the free version of the service, users will be capped to five listens to any particular track.

Our intern programme

Our intern programme

13/04/2011

Morna Cook - Director of Human Recources, Universal Music UK

It was fantastic to see our internship scheme featured on Newsnight on Tuesday after Nick Clegg’s speech on helping young people from a range of backgrounds get career opportunities. At Universal we’re really proud of our paid internship scheme; we believe it benefits not only interns but the whole company.

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