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Telling stories is central to Polydor’s launch of Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions
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.
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.
The UMC team are today celebrating Rick Wakeman’s Piano Portraits entering the chart at number seven, the first album featuring just “two hands and a piano” to chart inside the Top 10.
Universal Music artists have received a total of 15 nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards.
From the moment Polydor released Raye’s debut single I, U, Us, in August shortly followed by her clothing range, her name has been on the tip of many industry tongues. Starting the year with third place in the BBC’s Sound of 2017, Polydor are cementing her as one of the key new talents to watch in 2017.
Rick Parfitt 1948 - 2016
George Michael 1963-2016
As well as securing their 12th number one album, their first original studio album to reach number one for 22 years and the second biggest week one sales of the year in the UK, The Rolling Stones are celebrating a slew of number ones around the globe with Blue & Lonesome.
After releasing one of the most anticipated albums of the year in Starboy, the team at Island continue to celebrate this week as The Weeknd is now the most streamed artist in the world, with 36.6m monthly listeners which has knocked Drake off the top spot.