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.
It was no surprise that Paul Weller slammed David Cameron for mistaking the message behind The Eton Rifles when the Prime Minister claimed the 1979 Jam track was his favourite song. Taking an anti-establishment stance is a common position for many musicians from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols because finding yourself championed by the powers-that-be is an instant credibility reducer.
Copyright might not be as exciting as Gaga’s stage costumes or as mind blowing as a live show by the Stones, but it is an important cog in the life of an artist.
Polydor’s head of digital Aaron Bogucki, along with five other Universal Music UK staff, made the trip earlier this week to the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts for the ninth instalment of the Utalks series.
When it comes to music, the old adage ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ doesn’t always apply. Online fan funded music platforms such as PledgeMusic have already found that enough is never enough when artists and bands reach out to their fan base to underwrite musical projects.
The Savile scandal is making these dark days for BBC, but an enduring bright spot at the Corporation is 6 Music
Music is represented in the app explosion – Shazam, anyone? – but we can’t help feeling there’s plenty more scope to develop apps with music at their heart. Hence our support for an app-building competition which has just been launched by Queen’s Park Community School, not too far from our London offices.
After a decade of intense lobbying, the Live Music Act became law this week, removing the raft of red tape and bureaucracy imposed by the Licensing Act 2003.
The Ramones might have come first. And The Clash got to record more albums. But, it was the Sex Pistols who transcended music to become the number one media villains, create an enduring icon in Sid Vicious and establish a blueprint for punk that still reverberates through the cultural landscape today.
iPhone 5 is being billed as the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone. But, that’s not all there is. In amongst all the hype and controversy about screen size, battery life and the new Lightning 8-pin connector, music obsessed Apple fans have something to cheer because of the big leap in audio technology the company has made.
The nominations for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize threw up a few surprises - and the faint whiff of controversy - but largely underscores the huge depth of talent and rich styles that British music currently boasts.