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.
Over the past few years the festive music shopping story has predominantly been dominated by online and early in 2013 shops selling records were virtually written off. In January when HMV, the UK’s biggest bricks and mortar music retailer, fell into administration it looked like the writing was on the wall. Not so. The fightback has started. It was signalled this summer when the indie stores reported a 44% leap in album sales for the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2012.
Robbie Williams was crowned king of the charts yesterday when his latest album, Swings Both Ways, beat off all comers to notch up the landmark 1000th number one album release in the UK. It was fitting achievement: the first album to top the album charts in July 1956 was Songs For Swingin’ Lovers from the master of swing, Frank Sinatra.
Virgin Records are celebrating their 40th birthday in style with a bumper exhibition in central London. Team Umusic.co.uk got an early exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition the night before its opening to the public.
The most successful hits brand in the world has launched its own TV channel. NOW Music landed on Sky today (channel 278) and hits FreeSat next week (channel 512)
When Jessie J looks out into the audience at her next gig the chances are a good chunk of the audience won’t be locals. Or to be more precise, around 40% of the people there will comprise “music tourists” (broadly, people who have travelled at least three times their normal commute) - the subject of a new study about how music drives tourism in this country.
The arrival of London Fashion Week is as good excuse as any to examine the relationship between two of the most cutting edge industries.
Over the years we’ve established strong links with a big range of colleges, such as LIPA, BIMM, the University of East London and Bucks New University, which offer degrees and courses that have been specially tailored for a career in the music industry. These relationships run alongside our paid internship scheme and Utalks programme to help young people keen for a career in music to get their foot in the door.
Glastonbury kicks off the festival season but if you’re still planning your musical summer, here’s a guide to where to catch our acts playing.
Tickets go on sale today for a major charity concert in aid of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and featuring some of the biggest names in rock and pop.
From civil rights and women’s suffrage to anti-apartheid and Live 8, protest songs have helped shape history. When people come together and raise their voices, extraordinary things can happen.