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Universal Music UK’s blog on music, the music news stories which interest us most and the wider issues which affect our business. Some food for thought we hope.

Anticipating f8

Anticipating f8

22/09/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

As one of the 750 million active Facebook users on earth, it's easy for me to see how deeper integration of music into this universal (note – small 'u'!) experience can have very positive implications for the health of our industry and our artists.

Nevermind turns 20 - pt4

Nevermind turns 20 - pt4

22/09/2011

Jim Chancellor - Fiction MD

Working the door of the infamous CBGB’s for six months had introduced me to bands such as Soundgarden and Tad, bands that would pave the way for grunge, and ease me away from metal.

Nevermind turns 20 - pt3

Nevermind turns 20 - pt3

22/09/2011

Michael Seymour - Communications

When Nevermind was first released I was only two years old. My main interests were eating, sleeping, screaming and making a mess.

On Track...with SEAT

On Track...with SEAT

16/09/2011

On Track…with SEAT is set to return to Channel 4 on Wednesday September 28th for a second series in an extended format – presented by BBC 6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft.

Nevermind turns 20

Nevermind turns 20

15/09/2011

Karen Simmonds - UMSM MD

A Tuesday evening in mid-September found me in Shoreditch at the opening of the Nirvana Exhibition, to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Nevermind.

Reading Festival 2011 - Sunday

Reading Festival 2011 - Sunday

28/08/2011

The third and final day of Reading 2011 was by far its busiest. The main road leading up to the festival was jam packed with thousands of festival goers eager to get a prime spot infront of the main stage.

Reading Festival 2011 - Saturday

Reading Festival 2011 - Saturday

27/08/2011

The team from Umusic were back at Reading festival for day two and grateful for the the great weather. Eager fans gathered despite the poor weather on Friday

Reading Festival 2011 - Friday

Reading Festival 2011 - Friday

26/08/2011

Friday at Reading Festival 2011 began with heavy rain but spirits couldn't be dampened by the weather. Bands across Universal's labels had made the trip to the muddy site to perform for over 85,000 fans.

Umusic at Reading Festival 2011

Umusic at Reading Festival 2011

23/08/2011

The August Bank Holiday is fast approaching and for a lot of us at Universal Music that means one thing: the weekend of the Reading and Leeds festivals. We will be blogging from the Reading site all weekend so keep checking back to see what we get up to, which bands we're watching and the occasional weather update.

#futureofmusic with Wired

#futureofmusic with Wired

22/07/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

This week I spoke at Wired’s Future of Music event with Michael Breidenbruecker (founder of RJDJ) and Imogen Heap.

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