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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.

Making of the Virgin 40 exhibition

24/10/2013

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.

NOW! That’s What I Call A TV Channel

23/10/2013

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)

Music tourism

14/10/2013

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.

Music and fashion strut their stuff

11/09/2013

The arrival of London Fashion Week is as good excuse as any to examine the relationship between two of the most cutting edge industries.

UK Music launch the Skills Academy

11/07/2013

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.

Universal Music's summer of festivals

28/06/2013

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.

Unity: A Concert For Stephen Lawrence

21/06/2013

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.

ONE presents agit8

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.

The changing face of classical music

15/05/2012

The Universal Music café has played host to two extraordinary performances thanks to the team from Sinfini Music, a jargon-free website giving classical a place in every music addict's collection.

Partnerships on the rise

29/04/2012

It used to be if an artist allowed one of their songs to be used in an ad, it was on the condition that the commercial was screened only in darkest Kyrgyzstan.

Now there are hundreds of different platforms to showcase a song and very few, if any, artists or bands think becoming a brand ambassador or having their music appear in a PlayStation game or as part of the storyline in a TV series is beneath them.

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