Artists


The Weeknd becomes the most streamed artist in the world

02/12/2016

After releasing one of the most anticipated albums of the year in Starboy, the team at Island continue to celebrate this week as The Weeknd is now the most streamed artist in the world, with 36.6m monthly listeners which has knocked Drake off the top spot.

Metallica return after eight years with new album

17/11/2016

Eight years of waiting is over for Metallica fans, as the band have released their 10th studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, the follow-up to their 2008 Grammy-winning platinum album Death Magnetic.

Emeli Sandé makes anthemic return with second album

10/11/2016

After a four-year break from the spotlight, Virgin EMI’s phenomenally successful singer songwriter Emeli Sandé is back with her second album Long Live the Angels, the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2012 debut Our Version Of Events. Long Live The Angels serves as a mesmerising journey through the triumphs and tragedies of the last four years of Sandé’s life.

Universal Music's big night at Q Awards

03/11/2016

It was a huge evening for Universal Music acts at the 2016 Q Awards, with nine of our artists collecting ten of the fourteen awards on offer. Biggest surprise of the evening came for Polydor and Dirty Hit’s The 1975, who collected the Best Album award, beating David Bowie.

Island commemorate 10 years of Back to Black

03/11/2016

Island Records along with the Amy Winehouse Foundation have launched a global contest inviting fans to recreate tracks from the Back To Black to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the classic album’s release.

ABBA return in virtual form

26/10/2016

Nearly 35 years after their last public performance together, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans around the world what millions of them have long dreamed of but considered impossible: A new entertainment experience.

UMC harness the Madness

21/10/2016

It’s been a wacky few weeks for team UMC, who have successfully harnessed the unique sense of mischief of Madness, one of the best loved British groups of all time, for their new album Can’t Touch Us Now.

Sundown festival has its biggest year so far

09/09/2016

Over the weekend, more than 40,000 people travelled to Norfolk Showground in Norwich to see the likes of Chase & Status and Krept and Konan grace the main stage at this year’s Sundown Festival. Despite the weather, this year has been the biggest year so far for the festival, which showcased a variety of UK talent over the three days.

Kiko Bun brings the party to Carnival

25/08/2016

After a busy festival run this summer, performing at Boardmasters, Kendal Calling and Glastonbury, Kiko Bun will be taking his party vibes to Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party. Not only will he be taking over the biggest billboard at Notting Hill, he will also be performing live across the weekend.

Slaves are back with new album

12/08/2016

Slaves have made an explosive return with their new single Spit It Out, which was played for the first time this week on Radio 1, premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World. The single came with the announcement of a new album Take Control, which will be released in September.

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