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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.

Skip Marley joins the Island family

16/02/17

Island are returning to their roots by signing a multi-talented reggae artist to their roster - 20 year old singer, songwriter and producer Skip Marley, grandson of the legendary Bob Marley.

ELAM's Universal Takeover

03/02/2017

Over the last two weeks, 32 trainees from East London Arts & Music have been working alongside the teams at Universal Music to learn more about the industry. Communications work experience Ellie Lawrie got the inside scoop from the next generation of industry execs.

T2 fans choose Polydor soundtrack

03/02/2017

A huge buzz has surrounded the sequel to the iconic Trainspotting film, and its highly anticipated soundtrack, which were both released last week.

Elbow tell stories with their seventh album

26/01/2017

Telling stories is central to Polydor’s launch of Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions

Universal Music UK plugs into green energy

26/01/2017

Music recorded at Abbey Road Studios will now be powered by the wind and the sun, after Universal Music  switched supply to green energy company Ecotricity.

£70,000 raised for Nordoff Robbins

25/01/2017

Universal Music UK’s staff charity of the year Nordoff Robbins have been presented with a cheque for £70,000, the results of the team’s fundraising over the past 12 months.

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