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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.

It's all about the bands

It's all about the bands

25/10/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

My job is nothing if not varied. Last week I spent some time in Parliament meeting with Julian Huppert, MP. Julian has expressed some strong views about the implementation of the Digital Economy Act, and we thought it was important that he hear directly from someone (me) who works in an industry where this is an important topic.

New Robbie Williams album set for release by Universal Music

21/10/2011

A new album from Robbie Williams is set to be released next year by Universal Music following a deal struck between the world’s leading record company and the most successful British male solo artist ever.

A sound investment – not risky business

A sound investment – not risky business

11/10/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

Over the past ten years, we and our artists have supported a broad range of new products and services (like Spotify and AudioFuel) to ensure the music we love can reach ever wider audiences. But unfortunately, this bucks the general trend throughout the rest of the creative industries.

Nevermind turns 20 - pt2

Nevermind turns 20 - pt2

22/09/2011

Kevin Phelan - Head of Licensing

Unusually I imagine, my strongest memory of Nirvana stems from Dave and Krist’s prowess as practical jokers.

Striking a sporting note

Striking a sporting note

27/09/2011

Michael Seymour - Communications

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the famous Abbey Road studios to see the London Philharmonic orchestra putting the final touches to the 205 national anthems being recorded in preparation for London 2012.

Anticipating f8

Anticipating f8

22/09/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

As one of the 750 million active Facebook users on earth, it's easy for me to see how deeper integration of music into this universal (note – small 'u'!) experience can have very positive implications for the health of our industry and our artists.

Nevermind turns 20 - pt4

Nevermind turns 20 - pt4

22/09/2011

Jim Chancellor - Fiction MD

Working the door of the infamous CBGB’s for six months had introduced me to bands such as Soundgarden and Tad, bands that would pave the way for grunge, and ease me away from metal.

Nevermind turns 20 - pt3

Nevermind turns 20 - pt3

22/09/2011

Michael Seymour - Communications

When Nevermind was first released I was only two years old. My main interests were eating, sleeping, screaming and making a mess.

On Track...with SEAT

On Track...with SEAT

16/09/2011

On Track…with SEAT is set to return to Channel 4 on Wednesday September 28th for a second series in an extended format – presented by BBC 6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft.

Nevermind turns 20

Nevermind turns 20

15/09/2011

Karen Simmonds - UMSM MD

A Tuesday evening in mid-September found me in Shoreditch at the opening of the Nirvana Exhibition, to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Nevermind.

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