May 2011


Utalks at Goldsmiths

Utalks at Goldsmiths

31/05/2011

Ross Anderson - Creative Director, Polydor

On sitting down in front of 100 students at Goldsmiths College this Monday, my first thought was that they could ask anything, and that frankly made me a bit nervous. Not because we have an skeletons in our cupboard, or have anything to be ashamed of, but just because we haven’t done this before. It’s easy to hide behind what we do ‘because we know best’ – BUT, in this scenario, was it time for us to explain ourselves!?

Tinchy, Dappy, Pixie and SBTV

Tinchy, Dappy, Pixie and SBTV

31/05/2011

As you would expect at a record label we quite often see artists coming and going during the day. Now and again these artists get together and create something a little special. Last week Mercury’s reception was invaded by Dappy, Tinchy Stryder, Pixie Lott and the crew from SBTV for this spontaneous acoustic performance of Spaceship.

Music when you want, how you want

Music when you want, how you want

19/05/2011

If you buy music you should be able to listen to it in the way you want, whether you’re burning MP3s onto a disc or putting CD albums on your iPod. But as things stand when you transfer music you own to a different device (known as format shifting), you’re technically breaking the law.

Music Matters

Music Matters

12/05/2011

Niamh Byrne - Head of Creative Content Strategy, Universal Music UK

When [Universal Music UK chairman] David Joseph first asked me whether I had any ideas to develop a campaign which would kick start a conversation around the value of music I was sceptical.

Decca rush release a piece of history

Decca rush release a piece of history

06/05/2011

Mark Wilkinson - Managing Director, Decca

Universal Music’s connection with the Royal Household began back in 1981 when our then parent company PolyGram distributed the official recording of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding on behalf of the BBC.

Gary Harris, Fiction's A&R exec, writes from The Great Escape

Gary Harris, Fiction's A&R exec, writes from The Great Escape

18/05/2011

Gary Harris - A&R Exec, Fiction

So here I am on a train making my way to Brighton for 2011’s Great Escape Festival, the UK’s answer to SXSW.

Straight to the hotel to check in and I’m off to the Dome to collect my pass, then on to Komedia to see the Deep Sea Arcade.

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