Umusic Blog

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.

Uvinyl’s exclusive vinyl event

Every day from 2nd – 6th July, Uvinyl will be releasing a select few exclusive and extremely limited edition records from some of the most iconic artists, including The Cure, The Kinks, Elbow, Metallica, Abba and more. The range will include 12″, 10″, and 7″ picture discs, coloured and shaped vinyl.

Roses play Warrington warm-up gig

A number of Universal execs made the trip to Cheshire on Wednesday to see the Stone Roses play their first live gig in over 15 years in Warrington, birth place of frontman Ian Brown, as a warm up for their highly anticipated Heaton Park shows.

Michael Kiwanuka launches interactive video

British soul talent and BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka launches a new interactive video to the tune of Tell Me A Tale, featuring an exclusive competition within.

Introducing the Umusic Artist Gateway


James Cowdery – Innovation Manager, Universal Music UK

I’m delighted to announce the launch today of the Umusic UK Artist Gateway – a new way of talking about our artists online. We now have a data-driven, dynamically published and persistent web page for every one of our UK artists and each of their albums and singles.

Secret 7" goes on sale

Secret 7" vinyl Record Store Day

Secret 7”- the project combining the worlds of music and art in aid of charity - threw open its doors on Saturday, Record Store Day, for the sale of over 600 sleeves.

Secret 7" goes on display

Secret 7" vinyl Record Store Day


Secret 7”- an exciting project combining the worlds of music and art in aid of charity - reaches its climax this week, when around 600 individually-designed seven-inch vinyl record sleeves go on display at the Idea Generation Gallery in East London.

Madonna returns with MDNA

Madonna returns with MDNA


Madonna is back, bigger than ever with her brand new album MDNA, out now.

Alex Close, A&R Manager for Fiction Records, returns to SXSW

Alex Close, A&R Manager for Fiction Records, returns to SXSW


Alex Close - A&R Manager, Fiction

Touch down.
Cab to my hotel.
Unfortunately little did I know there are three hotels of the same name in Austin and in error I’ve been put in the one which happens to be furthest from the action. In fact it feels like it’s in a different state!

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks


Much has been made in the media recently of artists holding albums back from streaming sites. Paul Weller once again rips up the rule book and makes his brand new album Sonik Kicks, officialyl released on March 19, available to stream to across the web this week.

Streaming music, not cannibalising download sales

Streaming music, not cannibalising download sales


Stuart Dredge (@stuartdredge)

Is Spotify and its streaming music rivals cannibalising download sales from stores like Apple’s iTunes? Universal Music UK’s director of digital Paul Smernicki says not.

“You can imagine that when Spotify first launched, it sent a lot of people in the music industry into panic mode – ‘Let people stream stuff? Just madness!’,” said Smernicki at today’s Guardian Changing Media Summit, where he was speaking in a digital music panel session.


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