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Our UK Task Force for Meaningful Change Manifesto

Universal Music’s UK Task Force for Meaningful Change (UK TFMC), which was set up in June 2020 in partnership with Universal Music Group’s global Task Force for Meaningful Change to be a driving force for social justice and equity, today issued its manifesto detailing its goals and tactics to achieve tangible and lasting social change.

Taylor makes history with Fearless release

Moving over 1m units worldwide as her third number one album in less than a year, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is another jewel in Taylor’s crown, making her the first and only female artist to release seven number one studio albums in the UK this century.

Decca look to the future with Richter's Voices 2

Decca are today releasing Voices 2, the second part of Grammy-nominated composer Max Richter’s audio-visual Voices project.

The Art Of Starting Over: Demi Lovato

Tomorrow, the team at Polydor are releasing Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over, the deeply personal seventh album from global star Demi Lovato.

U2's magic moments on The Virtual Road

Kicking off suitably on St Patrick’s Day with the 2001 Live From Slane Castle show, the team at Island are screening a series of four archival U2 concerts on YouTube in a first of its kind global virtual tour, with each show available for 48 hours only.

Justin Bieber searches for Justice on new LP

The sixth studio album from global megastar Justin Bieber gets its UK release today from the team at EMI.

Blinding Lights: The biggest track of 2020

It’s official - the song that has soundtracked 2020 now has an award to prove it. The Weeknd’s single Blinding Lights has this week been awarded the IFPI Global Digital Single Award, which is presented to the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats.

0207 Def Jam release Coming 2 America albums

Alongside the global launch of the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming To America, the team at 0207 Def Jam have today released two albums: the film’s soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, a collection of original songs from African artists inspired by the film.

Digga D aims high with new mixtape

West London rapper Digga D has today released his anticipated mixtape Made In The Pyrex via Virgin Music.

slowthai addresses light and dark on TYRON

Tyron “slowthai” Frampton has today released his complex sophomore record TYRON via Method Records.

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