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.

Never been to Glastonbury: Mike needs you!


Going to Glastonbury is the must do experience for all die-hard music fans, right? When team Umusic discovered communications manager Mike hadn’t been to the world’s biggest festival at Worthy Farm everyone started to question his credentials as a music lover. So, there was only one solution: get him a ticket, hand him a camera and send him to off to the festival to experience it first-hand. Before he gets there, he needs your help and advice.

Take Cover! at Secret 7"


There’s a school of thought that the digital age heralded the death knell for album artwork. Not true. As demonstrated by the massive success of the recent Secret 7 exhibition and auction, which saw 700 different single cover designs created by artists including Antony Gormley and Jake and Dinos Chapman, art and music remain very compatible sleeve mates.

Secret 7" returns for 2014


Globally renowned artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sir Antony Gormley and Sir Paul Smith have all created original artworks for this year's Secret 7", the charity project which offers hundreds of designers a chance to create an original vinyl artwork, this year in aid of War Child.

Universal Music Brits party 2014


The Brits, the biggest night in British music, took place last week and Universal Music celebrated in style with a little help from Soho House and Bacardi, as well as a few special guests.

Queen make chart history


Queen have gone straight into the record books after becoming the first act to sell more than 6m copies of an album in the UK.

Secret 7" 2014


Secret 7” returns for 2014 with seven more iconic acts and seven iconic songs from the past 33 years.

Music tourism


When Jessie J looks out into the audience at her next gig the chances are a good chunk of the audience won’t be locals. Or to be more precise, around 40% of the people there will comprise “music tourists” (broadly, people who have travelled at least three times their normal commute) - the subject of a new study about how music drives tourism in this country.

Music and fashion strut their stuff


The arrival of London Fashion Week is as good excuse as any to examine the relationship between two of the most cutting edge industries.


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