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The White Label Auction raises £34k for The BRIT Trust

The White Label Auction, the brainchild of UMC’s A&R director Johnny Chandler, last week raised a net total of £33,920.40 for The BRIT Trust.

Mercury Studios dive into Classic Albums

Mercury Studios have added three new episodes to their staple Classic Albums series, which explores much-loved LPs like never before.

Universal Music’s 2021 BRITs Nominations

Universal Music artists received a grand total of 16 nominations across nine categories for this year’s BRITs.

Taylor makes history with Fearless release

Moving over 1m units worldwide as her third number one album in less than a year, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is another jewel in Taylor’s crown, making her the first and only female artist to release seven number one studio albums in the UK this century.

Decca look to the future with Richter's Voices 2

Decca are today releasing Voices 2, the second part of Grammy-nominated composer Max Richter’s audio-visual Voices project.

The Art Of Starting Over: Demi Lovato

Tomorrow, the team at Polydor are releasing Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over, the deeply personal seventh album from global star Demi Lovato.

U2's magic moments on The Virtual Road

Kicking off suitably on St Patrick’s Day with the 2001 Live From Slane Castle show, the team at Island are screening a series of four archival U2 concerts on YouTube in a first of its kind global virtual tour, with each show available for 48 hours only.

Justin Bieber searches for Justice on new LP

The sixth studio album from global megastar Justin Bieber gets its UK release today from the team at EMI.

Blinding Lights: The biggest track of 2020

It’s official - the song that has soundtracked 2020 now has an award to prove it. The Weeknd’s single Blinding Lights has this week been awarded the IFPI Global Digital Single Award, which is presented to the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats.

0207 Def Jam release Coming 2 America albums

Alongside the global launch of the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming To America, the team at 0207 Def Jam have today released two albums: the film’s soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, a collection of original songs from African artists inspired by the film.

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