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.
Madonna is back, bigger than ever with her brand new album MDNA, out now.
Alex Close - A&R Manager, Fiction
Cab to my hotel.
Unfortunately little did I know there are three hotels of the same name in Austin and in error I’ve been put in the one which happens to be furthest from the action. In fact it feels like it’s in a different state!
Much has been made in the media recently of artists holding albums back from streaming sites. Paul Weller once again rips up the rule book and makes his brand new album Sonik Kicks, officialyl released on March 19, available to stream to across the web this week.
Stuart Dredge (@stuartdredge)
Is Spotify and its streaming music rivals cannibalising download sales from stores like Apple’s iTunes? Universal Music UK’s director of digital Paul Smernicki says not.
“You can imagine that when Spotify first launched, it sent a lot of people in the music industry into panic mode – ‘Let people stream stuff? Just madness!’,” said Smernicki at today’s Guardian Changing Media Summit, where he was speaking in a digital music panel session.
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?
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 Catalogue UK have signed the legendary British band the Sex Pistols, following the acquisition of the classic catalogue for the world excluding North America.
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.
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?
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.