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.
When Jessie J looks out into the audience at her next gig the chances are a good chunk of the audience won’t be locals. Or to be more precise, around 40% of the people there will comprise “music tourists” (broadly, people who have travelled at least three times their normal commute) - the subject of a new study about how music drives tourism in this country.
The arrival of London Fashion Week is as good excuse as any to examine the relationship between two of the most cutting edge industries.
Over the years we’ve established strong links with a big range of colleges, such as LIPA, BIMM, the University of East London and Bucks New University, which offer degrees and courses that have been specially tailored for a career in the music industry. These relationships run alongside our paid internship scheme and Utalks programme to help young people keen for a career in music to get their foot in the door.
Glastonbury kicks off the festival season but if you’re still planning your musical summer, here’s a guide to where to catch our acts playing.
Tickets go on sale today for a major charity concert in aid of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and featuring some of the biggest names in rock and pop.
From civil rights and women’s suffrage to anti-apartheid and Live 8, protest songs have helped shape history. When people come together and raise their voices, extraordinary things can happen.
The Universal Music café has played host to two extraordinary performances thanks to the team from Sinfini Music, a jargon-free website giving classical a place in every music addict's collection.
It used to be if an artist allowed one of their songs to be used in an ad, it was on the condition that the commercial was screened only in darkest Kyrgyzstan.
Now there are hundreds of different platforms to showcase a song and very few, if any, artists or bands think becoming a brand ambassador or having their music appear in a PlayStation game or as part of the storyline in a TV series is beneath them.
What’s that thing about waiting for a bus? You wait ages and then along comes....
It’s been kind of like that for music on TV lately. Just when you thought production companies and TV commissioners had given up on pop, a raft of new music offerings suddenly rock up.
Globally renowned artists Gilbert & George and Ai Weiwei will be designing record sleeves for Secret 7”, the charity project which gives designers a chance to create an original vinyl artwork, this year raising money for ART AGAINST KNIVES.