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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.

Polydor unveil HAIM comeback

27/04/17

The Haim sisters have sent fans into overload with their first new music since 2014. Accompanied by a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video, Right Now heralds Haim’s highly anticipated sophomore album Something To Tell You, which will be released on July 7.

Polydor celebrate triple Ivor nominations

21/04/2017

Three Polydor-signed artists are among the nominees for the Ivor Novello awards, which will celebrate the work of songwriters and composers on May 18.

Universal staff gear up for London Marathon

12/04/17

With the London marathon looming next weekend, runners from across Universal Music - Shiarra Bell, Adam Bulleid, Gavin Fraser, Rosie Gee, Neil Mulford, Alex Trown and Rachel Tregenza - have been spending the last couple of months training and fundraising for their 26.2 mile run.

Universal keeps charity on track

30/03/2017

After three successful years supporting the Roundhouse’s OnTrack programme, Universal Music’s charity office stepped up to support 2017’s six-week project, donating £17,000 in funds to develop the participants’ life skills and help them find pathways into education or employment.

Decca celebrates Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday

27/03/2017

The Decca team have had the honour of helping Dame Vera Lynn celebrate her 100th birthday - and launch her new album.

New studios open at Abbey Road

24/03/2017

In the biggest transformation since the studios first opened in 1931, Abbey Road is building on its incredible recording legacy with the opening of two new studios and a mix stage for film post production.

Take That Carpool for Comic Relief

16/03/2017

Take That are taking their seats alongside James Corden in a Comic Relief edition of his phenomenally success carpool karaoke sketch. Gary calls shot gun while Howard and Mark take the back seats in an effort to raise money for the charity next weekend.

Feelgood classics from UMC's Wilko

10/03/2017

UMC has been bathed in the Feelgood factor recently, gearing up for today’s launch of a new Best Of compilation from Wilko Johnson, on the suitably legendary Chess label.

Green Light for Lorde comeback

03/03/2017

Lorde has been teasing new music all week, but last night the wait was finally over as she released her stunning new single Green Light. Accompanied by a Grant Singer-directed music video, the single heralds the arrival of Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama, the follow-up to 2013’s triple-platinum Pure Heroine.

Celebrating our BRITs 2017 winners

24/02/17

With The 1975’s Matty Healy urging his fellow musicians not to “stay in their lane” – “people who have a platform should use it” – and Katy Perry performing alongside dancing skeletons seemingly dressed as Donald Trump and Theresa May, two Universal Music artists injected a note of politics into the 2017 BRIT Awards.

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