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Madonna returns with MDNA

Madonna returns with MDNA

26/03/2012

Madonna is back, bigger than ever with her brand new album MDNA, out now.

Alex Close, A&R Manager for Fiction Records, returns to SXSW

Alex Close, A&R Manager for Fiction Records, returns to SXSW

23/03/2012

Alex Close - A&R Manager, Fiction

Wednesday
Touch down.
Cab to my hotel.
Unfortunately little did I know there are three hotels of the same name in Austin and in error I’ve been put in the one which happens to be furthest from the action. In fact it feels like it’s in a different state!

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

14/03/2012

Much has been made in the media recently of artists holding albums back from streaming sites. Paul Weller once again rips up the rule book and makes his brand new album Sonik Kicks, officialyl released on March 19, available to stream to across the web this week.

Streaming music, not cannibalising download sales

Streaming music, not cannibalising download sales

12/03/2012

Stuart Dredge (@stuartdredge)

Is Spotify and its streaming music rivals cannibalising download sales from stores like Apple’s iTunes? Universal Music UK’s director of digital Paul Smernicki says not.

“You can imagine that when Spotify first launched, it sent a lot of people in the music industry into panic mode – ‘Let people stream stuff? Just madness!’,” said Smernicki at today’s Guardian Changing Media Summit, where he was speaking in a digital music panel session.

Universal at LSE AMP Society Digital Conference

Universal at LSE AMP Society Digital Conference

12/03/2012

Jennifer Fong (@jenfong)
Media & Communications, LSE SU AMP Society

Cast your mind back. Maybe 15, 18 years. 1994: Ace of Base was the best thing to come out of Sweden since Ikea and everyone was singing about seeing The Sign. It feels just like yesterday, doesn’t it?

Now’s the perfect time for investors to target music

Now’s the perfect time for investors to target music

08/03/2012

Francis Keeling – Global Head of Digital Business, UMGI

Adele being cut off in full flow may have been the most memorable moment of this year’s Brit awards, but the real story of the music industry’s annual jamboree was the continuing conveyor belt of British talent.

Universal Music sign The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols

14/02/2011

Universal Music Catalogue UK have signed the legendary British band the Sex Pistols, following the acquisition of the classic catalogue for the world excluding North America.

Universal Music Brits party

Universal Music Brits party

23/02/2012

Tueday night was one of the biggest nights in UK music. We're talking, of course, about the Brit Awards 2012. Once the awards were over the hottest ticket in town was for the Universal Music Brits party hosted by Bacardi at the Soho House pop-up.

Can books read across from music?

Can books read across from music?

04/01/2012

Richard Mollet – Chief Executive, The Publishers Association

"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine" as Morrissey once sang. But is this what the publishing sector feels about the digital marketplace when it looks at the music business?

Universal Music at Music Hack Day London

Universal Music at Music Hack Day London

08/12/2011

James Cowdery – Innovation Manager, Universal Music UK

It was Music Hack Day London at the Barbican this weekend and Universal Music was delighted to be involved. If you’re not familiar with Music Hack Day – it’s a marathon of computer code, pizza and beer where collaboration and invention are prized and insomnia is roundly mocked.

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