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British film-makers tap into Island’s urban expertise


Island have joined forces with independent distributor Vertigo Releasing for the UK and Ireland release of the film which is the prequel to the underground 2016 hit The Intent.

Calum Scott releases debut album, Only Human


Following a whirlwind two years including sold out US tours, a UK number two single and a BRIT nomination, Calum Scott has released his much anticipated debut album via Virgin EMI in the UK.

Abbey Road named 2018 Studio of the Year


Abbey Road Studios was named 2018 Studio of the Year at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards this week. The prestigious award came after a pivotal year for Abbey Road which has seen its biggest transformation since opening 86 years ago.

Loyle Leads wins at NME awards 2018


AMF/Virgin EMI’s Loyle Carner, who is up for two awards at next week’s BRIT Awards, has kicked off the year in style after winning Best British Solo Artist at last night’s NME Awards. Loyle used his acceptance speech to shine alight on ADHD and Dyslexia.

ELAM trainees light up Universal


Over the last two weeks, 38 trainees from East London Arts & Music (ELAM) have been working with many of the teams across Universal Music. They finished their work experience with a showcase in our Kensington High Street cafe (pictured is Lucy Kevil with guitarist Molly Burman)

Decca's chart firsts with Sheku debut


Decca are celebrating a Top 20 album with their cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who has become the first winner of the BBC Young Musician competition to break the upper echelons of the albums chart.

BBC crown Sigrid Sound Poll winner


It seems that Island are well on the way of making Sigrid the next big popstar. The label signed the small town Norwegian last year with no fan base or online presence, but Sigrid enters the new year as one of the most hotly tipped artists, and the winner of  BBC’s Sound Of 2018.

Sheku wows guests at London launch


Sheku Kanneh-Mason unveiled his debut album Inspiration at an intimate Christmas celebration for media and special guests at London’s Rosewood Hotel this week.

Big Shaq blazes around the world


Michael Dapaah’s Man’s Not Hot has come a long way from being a Grime-parody freestyle at BBC 1Xtra.

Island join fight against knife crime


Island Records marked the launch of the mayor’s London Needs You Alive campaign last week with an Island Life event featuring a guest appearance from grime MC Bossman Birdie.


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