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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Yesterday marked an important day for football fans and gamers as the highly anticipated FIFA 17 was released in the UK across game console platforms. Globe’s synch team have been working on the game’s soundtrack, for which they have secured seven UK signed acts flying the flag for Universal in one of the world’s biggest selling game franchises.
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.
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.