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.
Last Sunday (July 6) marked a watershed moment in the history of the UK music charts when audio streams were included for the first time to help determine a song’s placing.
Every day since asking people for their Glastonbury top tips, communications manager Mike has been receiving some useful texts, tweets and emails. Just as the festival is kicking off, this dropped in to his inbox.
Last week the BBC unveiled Stevie Wonder’s song Another Star as the theme for its Fifa World Cup coverage. The song, with its Latin American vibe, will feature in the opening sequence for all the BBC’s World Cup programming and will make its debut on a preview show this Wednesday on BBC1.
Going to Glastonbury is the must do experience for all die-hard music fans, right? When team Umusic discovered communications manager Mike hadn’t been to the world’s biggest festival at Worthy Farm everyone started to question his credentials as a music lover. So, there was only one solution: get him a ticket, hand him a camera and send him to off to the festival to experience it first-hand. Before he gets there, he needs your help and advice.
The England World Cup squad has scored a winner before a ball has been kicked in Brazil by picking their musical choices for a new UMTV album. Globe meanwhile have been working on a 90 minute TV Boys In Brazil programme for MTV.
There’s a school of thought that the digital age heralded the death knell for album artwork. Not true. As demonstrated by the massive success of the recent Secret 7 exhibition and auction, which saw 700 different single cover designs created by artists including Antony Gormley and Jake and Dinos Chapman, art and music remain very compatible sleeve mates.
Next month Universal Music is heading down to HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, in Hay-On-Wye.
Globally renowned artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sir Antony Gormley and Sir Paul Smith have all created original artworks for this year's Secret 7", the charity project which offers hundreds of designers a chance to create an original vinyl artwork, this year in aid of War Child.
The Brits, the biggest night in British music, took place last week and Universal Music celebrated in style with a little help from Soho House and Bacardi, as well as a few special guests.
BBC London’s Dotun Adebayo on Sunday show recently hosted a roundtable featuring several kingpins of the urban music scene including Rich Castillo, head of A&R at London Records and All Around The World, Phoebe One and MC Bushkin from the Heartless Crew.