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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.

Interactive debut for Einaudi


The world’s most streamed classical artist Ludovico Einaudi returns with his new album Elements, released today on the back of last week’s chart triumph which saw the Italian claim all 10 of the iTunes Top 10 classical singles chart positions.

Polydor gears up for Delirium


The meteoric rise of Ellie Goulding gains even more momentum this month, with the team at Polydor building on her successes of 2015 towards third album Delirium.

Four Pancras Square


Universal Music are heading to Kings Cross, one of the fastest growing creative corners of the capital, leaving behind Kensington, in recent years London’s home of the music business.

Smith, Sam Smith

Having been sworn to secrecy for months, the Capitol team can finally talk about Sam Smith’s biggest coup yet - singing the theme to the new James Bond film Spectre.

Years & Years' ground-breaking ad break


Years & Years have scored a broadcasting world first with a ground-breaking interactive primetime TV ad aired alongside the release of their highly anticipated debut album Communion.

HowTheLightGetsIn2015 playlist

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, kicks off this week and we’ve compiled a playlist to accompany the diverse and inspiring programme in Hay-On-Wye.

HowTheLightGetsIn 2015


At the end of May Universal Music makes its way again to HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, in Hay-On-Wye.

Inside Abbey Road Studios


Abbey Road Studios is opening its doors to the public for the first time after partnering with Google to create an interactive tour of the building.

Remembering Alan Dower Blumlein


Alan Dower Blumlein is the largely unheralded genius behind stereo sound recording – among a bunch of other inventions - and the man we should all thank for making modern music sound as wonderful as it does.

Who wins from Record Store Day?


Until a few weeks ago it seemed everyone in the music industry thought Record Store Day, the eight year old celebration of the UK’s hundreds of indie music shops, was a great idea.


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