March 2012


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.

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