Umusic Blog

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.

Justin leads the Christmas race


Justin Bieber is odds on favourite to win this year’s unique race for Christmas Number 1, which steps up a gear on Friday December 18th.

Florence leads way to awards season


It’s been a week of recognition for Universal Music artists on both sides of the Atlantic, with the company’s artists leading the nominations for 58th Annual Grammy Awards and winning three of the five categories at Thursday night’s BBC Music Awards.

Get It Right From A Genuine Site


Cardiff woke up this week to a giant mural painted on the side of one of the town’s walls. But, this was not the result of a graffiti artist’s late night escapade. The street art daubed on the Clwb Ifor Bach music venue is part of an extraordinarily wide-ranging campaign to boost awareness of legitimate online music services..

The 2016 tips keep rolling


On the heels of Island artist Jack Garratt being named the Brits Critics’ Choice for 2016, seven of the 15 acts included in this week’s BBC Sound Of… longlist are signed to Universal Music’s labels.

Green award for Universal Music


Universal Music UK has become part of the Creative Industry Green community having been awarded a 1-star award for its commitment to sustainability. Universal Music is the first major record company and Abbey Road the first studio to win the award.

Virgin EMI ramp up the Vamps


Ten million singles and 225 million YouTube views make The Vamps one of Virgin EMI’s biggest UK-signed success stories. The band, who formed two years ago, frequently trend worldwide on Twitter even if they don’t grab the biggest headlines on traditional media.

Globe unveils first TV ad


The fragility of the planet is highlighted to thought-provoking effect in the first TV ad to be produced by Globe, Universal Music UK’s Creative & Commercial Partnerships division.

Another big year ahead for ELAM


Abbey Road Studios is opening its doors to the public for the first time after partnering with Google to create an interactive tour of the building.

12 Days Of Christmas


As Noddy Holder of Slade once screamed, “It’s Christmas!!!” Or it very nearly is. And that means the second of our innovative 12 Days of Christmas campaigns to help independent retailers drive seasonal sales amongst music fans.

Queen join forces with Children In Need


The Virgin EMI team have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the best loved and most recognisable songs in pop history. In support of Children In Need, they have recreated the iconic Wayne’s World headbanging scene and photographed musical stars in the classic pose from the song’s unforgettable music video.


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