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Universal Music UK launches Virgin EMI Records

Lucian Grainge David Joseph Virgin EMI Universal


Universal Music UK chairman & CEO David Joseph has announced the launch of Virgin EMI Records – a creative powerhouse bringing together the newly reinvigorated Virgin Records and its Universal Music sister company Mercury Records.

Sound Open Day


Every recording artist wants to leave the studio with a remarkable piece of work and they’ll go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their music sounds exactly as they intended.
But for many fans listening to the end result, a hefty slice of audio quality has been lost in the rush for convenience. Last week, in Abbey Road studios, there was a strong feeling that the tide is turning.

Sound Open Day recap


At our Sound Open Day – the third of our annual Open Day events - our panel debated sound quality and if it still had an importance. Here's the video from the evening so you can hear exactly what the panel had to say.

Universal Music Brits party 2013


Music fans up and down the country eagerly tuned in on Wednesday night for The BRITs 2013. Once the show was over, the hottest ticket in town was for the Universal Music Brits party hosted by Bacardi at the Soho House pop-up.



The past few months we’ve been hitting the road for some more Utalks, visiting schools, universities and youth organisations up and down the country with our panellists ready to discuss pretty much anything about music and the music business.

Universal future-gazing


Many commentators have had a go at predicting which technology trends are going to be big this year, but what about the in-house futurologists at Universal Music?

Pop still on top? What's to come in 2013

Pop still on top? What's to come in 2013


So pop is popular. And it got even more popular last year. But not every A&R in town is salivating over today's BPI stats or sweating about how they can emulate Emeli or deliver Del Rey lite

16 for 2016


It’s hard to believe that 12 months ago, Years and Years had won BBC Sound Polls for 2015 and James Bay was second. But 12 months on, both are a huge success, with Years and Years’ debut album reaching number one in the charts, and James Bay has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Making sure every single music fan is catered for


Brian Rose, Managing Director - Commercial Division UK & Ireland, recently signed off on a ground-breaking deal to sell CDs in Primark. He discusses how music and fashion can become the perfect retail partners and also how new digital music services, smart-phones and tablets will make this Christmas Day a high-water mark in digital downloads.

Rod's Christmas single


The Decca team, who last year brought you the music of The Military Wives, are again doing their bit for the Christmas charts with the release this week of Rod Stewart's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.


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