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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.

London to Paris riders raise £61,000

28/11/2016

The donations have been counted and Universal Music’s London to Paris cyclists are proud to announce they have raised over £61,000 for French aid charity FENVAC and Nordoff Robbins, the UK staff’s charity of the year.

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.

EMI Music Sound Foundation reaches £6 million grant milestone

14/10/2016

The EMI Music Sound Foundation has celebrated an incredible milestone this week - the distribution of £6 million in grants to help young people gain access to music education and opportunities.

Innovation to the fore at Abbey Road

07/10/2016

Innovation has been the watch word for the team at Abbey Road Studios this autumn, with many of them involved in helping start up music companies, creating an incredible VR experience, and even preparing to host a sleepover.

Universal Music set off on London to Paris journey

16/09/2016

Forty staff from Universal Music have set off on their 300 mile ride to Paris in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and victim recovery charity FENVAC. Starting from the Kensington High Street offices soon after 7.30am on Thursday morning, our cyclists are spending three days riding across the Channel and France, challenged by the ever-changing weather and terrains.

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.

Universal Music London to Paris cycle

19/08/2016

Three dozen of Universal Music’s UK-based staff are limbering up for an epic 300-mile, three-day, charity bike ride from our HQ in Kensington, across the Channel, to the company’s quartier general on the cobbled streets of Paris.

Polydor celebrate Mercury trio

05/08/2016

The shortlist of twelve 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ has been revealed and features three artists from the Polydor Records stable – The 1975 (released in collaboration with Dirty Hit), Michael Kiwanuka and Jamie Woon. In no previous year since the Mercury Prize launched in 1992 has any one label had three acts on the shortlist.

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