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Coming up in 2015


January is as good a time as any to sniff the air to find out which genres, trends, moods and artists to watch out for in 2015. The polls are out, with Universal Music’s own Years & Years, James Bay and George The Poet making the strongest showing

Indie stores get festive with “12 Days Of Christmas”


Indie music stores get festive fillip from Universal Music with “12 Days Of Christmas” promotion
Universal Music UK is offering independent music retailers an early seasonal boost in the form of 12 exclusive vinyl releases to roll out onto their shelves from December 1st.

Age ratings for music videos


Universal Music has become the first UK record company to submit a music video to the British Board of Film Classification to be rated as part of a groundbreaking scheme to bring rock and pop videos in line with movies and other DVDs.

Music and video games


Further proof that video game music is now on a par with TV and movie soundtracks arrived this week with the launch of the latest edition of the FIFA series and a major London conference to celebrate the composers and artists behind gaming music.

How big is the UK music industry?

Pretty much everything in the music business has a number, figure or statistic attached to it. What hasn’t been so easy to pin down, however, is a definitive number that accurately measures the size and scale of the UK music industry itself.

Globe gets some movie magic


A creative venture between Globe, Universal’s creative and commercial department, and some of the UK's top composers looks to set to redefine the creation of music for advertising. The groundbreaking project launches with composers including Grammy winner David Arnold and Bafta nominated Ilan Eshkeri.

Eight reasons Glastonbury is my new favourite festival


Comms manager Mike survived his first Glastonbury. following a few days of recovery and cleaning off of mud, he's here to tell you why it's been his favourite festival to date.

Streaming added to the UK charts


Last Sunday (July 6) marked a watershed moment in the history of the UK music charts when audio streams were included for the first time to help determine a song’s placing.

Glasto top tips


Every day since asking people for their Glastonbury top tips, communications manager Mike has been receiving some useful texts, tweets and emails. Just as the festival is kicking off, this dropped in to his inbox.

Stevie soundtracks the footie


Last week the BBC unveiled Stevie Wonder’s song Another Star as the theme for its Fifa World Cup coverage. The song, with its Latin American vibe, will feature in the opening sequence for all the BBC’s World Cup programming and will make its debut on a preview show this Wednesday on BBC1.


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