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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.

Universal at LSE AMP Society Digital Conference

Universal at LSE AMP Society Digital Conference

12/03/2012

Jennifer Fong (@jenfong)
Media & Communications, LSE SU AMP Society

Cast your mind back. Maybe 15, 18 years. 1994: Ace of Base was the best thing to come out of Sweden since Ikea and everyone was singing about seeing The Sign. It feels just like yesterday, doesn’t it?

Now’s the perfect time for investors to target music

Now’s the perfect time for investors to target music

08/03/2012

Francis Keeling – Global Head of Digital Business, UMGI

Adele being cut off in full flow may have been the most memorable moment of this year’s Brit awards, but the real story of the music industry’s annual jamboree was the continuing conveyor belt of British talent.

Universal Music sign The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols

14/02/2011

Universal Music Catalogue UK have signed the legendary British band the Sex Pistols, following the acquisition of the classic catalogue for the world excluding North America.

Universal Music Brits party

Universal Music Brits party

23/02/2012

Tueday night was one of the biggest nights in UK music. We're talking, of course, about the Brit Awards 2012. Once the awards were over the hottest ticket in town was for the Universal Music Brits party hosted by Bacardi at the Soho House pop-up.

Can books read across from music?

Can books read across from music?

04/01/2012

Richard Mollet – Chief Executive, The Publishers Association

"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine" as Morrissey once sang. But is this what the publishing sector feels about the digital marketplace when it looks at the music business?

Universal Music at Music Hack Day London

Universal Music at Music Hack Day London

08/12/2011

James Cowdery – Innovation Manager, Universal Music UK

It was Music Hack Day London at the Barbican this weekend and Universal Music was delighted to be involved. If you’re not familiar with Music Hack Day – it’s a marathon of computer code, pizza and beer where collaboration and invention are prized and insomnia is roundly mocked.

The Artist Gateway - linking our data to the best content on the web

The Artist Gateway - linking our data to the best content on the web

05/12/2011

James Cowdery – Innovation Manager, Universal Music UK

I joined Universal Music a few months ago, working in the Commercial Team on the first floor. It’s my job to help the company take advantage of the significant opportunities afforded by the web. This means building innovative digital products that are valuable to our artists and labels. I’d like to tell you about something massively exciting that we announced at Music Hack Day this weekend.

Utalks at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Utalks at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

24/11/2011

Last week a team from Universal Music UK ventured north of the border for the first Utalks session outside London. The event took place just before The Naked and Famous Glasgow show at the ABC. Fiction MD Jim Chancellor and label manager Steve Warby joined Thom Powers and Aaron Short from the band to make up our panel. Corrine McConnachie attended the session and kindly shared her thoughts with us.

Investors Open Day

Investors Open Day

24/11/2011

We recently threw open our doors for the second Universal Music Open Day. This time our main focus was investing in music and discussing the ins and outs of start ups, securing the capital behind the services and analysing the wider market.

On the panel were :
Hugh Campbell, Founding Partner, GP Bullhound
Alice Enders, Enders Analysis
Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer, Spotify
Luke Wood, CEO, Beats By Dre
Miranda Sawyer (chair)
Francis Keeling, Vice President, Digital, Universal Music Group International

Music and TV – joining forces in the new digital age

Music and TV – joining forces in the new digital age

02/11/2011

Julia Svennerstal - Digital Strategy Manager, Universal Music UK

Last week I was invited to attend a round table discussion titled "The music and TV industries: each other's saviour?" As a new member of the Universal staff this was a great opportunity to learn and meet others working to shape the future of digital music.

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