Universal Music U.K.

  1. Universal U.K Partners With Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green Clothing Label To Open Virtual 'Shop-Front' Record Stores

    May 08, 2012 11:02 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is taking an innovative approach to boosting its sales of vinyl product. Launching May 24, the label is to partner with British fashion company Pretty Green - the clothing label and retail chain set up by former Oasis, now Bea ...

  2. Q&A: Anjula Acharia-Bath Co-Founder/CEO, Desi Hits!

    September 01, 2011 8:51 AM EDT Five years ago, Anjula Acharia-Bath was working as a senior partner at the London-based executive search firm Forsyth Group. Today, she runs an entertainment/lifestyle website focused on South Asian (Desi) culture called Desi Hits! (desihits.com ...

  3. HMV Backs New Artists With U.K. Fest

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is bringing back its Next Big Thing festival in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh in February. The second edition of the event for more than 100 emerging artists is taking place from Feb. 4-13. HMV is staging the eve ...

  4. What Next For Robbie Williams?

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition after the May 2010 general election in the U.K., there were plenty who said it could never last. Six months on and former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major reckons the partie ...

  5. Shake-Up For BRIT Awards

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. CEO/chairman and BRIT Awards committee chairman David Joseph has made some big changes to the awards ceremony. The move to London's O2 Arena, which was confirmed in September, signaled that the ceremony organized by trade ...

  6. Fascination Label Boss Forms Management Firm

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Peter Loraine, label head of London-based Fascination Records, is to move into management next month with a new venture backed by Universal Music U.K. Fascination Management's first client will be pop group the Saturdays, whose third album &q ...

  7. Universal Music Partners With BBC On Kids' TV Show

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is targeting the pre-school audience in a bid to take a lucrative slice of the children's TV market and its accompanying merchandise opportunities. The music major's U.K. arm has signed a broadcast deal with CBeebies ...

  8. Decca U.K. Restructures Management

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has restructured the senior management at its U.K. imprint Decca Records as the major attempts to re-establish it as a frontline record label. Effective immediately, Dickon Stainer is promoted from Decca Records managing dire ...

  9. Island Embraces mflow Service

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Island Records is so impressed with the campaign for emerging singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard on mflow, the new U.K. digital music-discovery service that launches commercially April 15, it has gone back for more. "We're so happy with ...

  10. Industry Unites For Music Matters Campaign

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new cross-industry campaign, Music Matters, has launched in the U.K. to highlight the value of music and educate consumers on digital services. It is being led by Niamh Byrne, Universal Music U.K. head of creative content, and formerly of CMO Ma ...

  11. BBC Worldwide Snags Universal Music TV Content

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide Music has confirmed a long-term deal with Universal Music U.K. to distribute all of the major's television content. Billboard first revealed that a deal had been negotiated in 2009 (Billboard, Aug. 8, 2009) to distribute Univers ...

  12. Love Never Dies For Universal, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a new, long-term global deal with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which renews and expands an existing agreement with the British composer whose new musical "Love Never Dies" opens in March. The arrangement with Llo ...

  13. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  14. Spice Girls Musical On The Way

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A musical based on the career of multi million-selling U.K. girl group The Spice Girls has been green-lighted by the act's manager, entertainment impresario Simon Fuller. Fuller, who developed reality TV giant "Pop Idol" and subsequ ...

  15. Lucian Grainge Leads Music Biz Contingent Honored By Queen

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge heads the U.K. music biz names, ranging from film composers to veteran rockers, on the Queen’s traditional New Year Honors List. Grainge is named a Commander of the Or ...

  16. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  17. Black Sabbath Goes Digital

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Sabbath back catalog will be available digitally for the first time in the U.K. from Monday (March 30). Universal Music Catalogue U.K. said in a statement that 18 titles will be available from download retailers and on streaming partners ...

  18. Brian Rose Rises As Universal U.K. Restructures Sales

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. commercial director Brian Rose has been promoted to the newly-created position of managing director, Commercial Division at the London-based major. The executive starts his new post with immediate effect. It sees him taking re ...

  19. Brits Artists' Sales Surge

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST BRIT Awards performers and winners including Duffy, the Ting Tings and Elbow have already seen a digital sales bounce, following the TV broadcast of the ceremony. According to the Official Charts Co, there was an immediate impact on download sales ...

  20. New BBC Radio 2 Controller Announced

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller for national U.K. A/C network BBC Radio 2. Shennan succeeds Lesley Douglas, who left the BBC last October amid the scandal over Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's prank calls to actor Andrew Sa ...

  21. Take That's 'Circus' Tops 2008

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That has claimed the record for Britain's fastest-selling album of 2008, with 432,000 copies of its album "The Circus" (Poyldor/Universal) bought in its first week. According to chart compiler the Official Charts C ...

  22. Take That Scores Huge Opening Day Sale

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That's new album "The Circus" (Polydor) has achieved the biggest opening day sale of the year so far, with 133,000 copies sold across the U.K. on Dec. 1 according to the Official Charts Co. The set from the grown-u ...

  23. Former Radio 2 Boss Joins Universal Music U.K.

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Lesley Douglas, who quit as controller of BBC AC station Radio 2 last month, has joined Universal Music U.K. as director of programming and business development. Her appointment becomes effective on Dec. 8 and she will report to chairman David Jos ...

  24. Unger-Hamilton Heads Up Polydor

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Virgin U.K. boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been appointed president of Polydor Records. He will report to Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph. Unger-Hamilton is returning to Universal Music, where he spent a decade up until 20 ...

  25. Barlow Takes Charge Of Geffen U.K.

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is rolling out the Geffen Records label in the U.K. for the first time. Polydor co-president Colin Barlow has been appointed Geffen U.K. president. Geffen U.K. will be a standalone label in a London HQ separate from Universal ...

  26. Universal Expects Salvation This Christmas

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has its sights set on a prosperous Christmas for the first in a three-album deal just inked with the International Staff Band (ISB) of Christian group the Salvation Army (SA). Universal Music U.K. marketing and brands manager ...

  27. Universal Opens Movie Soundtrack MP3 Store

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has launched a dedicated download service aimed at film fans and soundtrack connoisseurs. Although www.themusicfrom.com has gone live with just 200 Universal titles, many of them are being made available digitally for the firs ...

  28. Downloads Transform U.K. Singles Chart

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Not long ago, Britain's singles chart resembled a scene from "Speed." Like music biz equivalents of Keanu Reeves' character in that movie, executives offered frenzied theories about how to halt the runaway bus that the chart ha ...

  29. HMV E-Commerce Director Lask To Leave

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gideon Lask, high-profile e-commerce director at U.K. music and home entertainment retail chain HMV, is jumping ship to join Universal Music U.K. Billboard has learned that Lask will be Universal's new senior VP of business development when h ...

  30. Crossingham Steps Up At Universal Ireland

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Crossingham has been appointed the new managing director of Universal Music Ireland effective Sept. 1. Crossingham, who will be reporting to Universal Music U.K. and Ireland's commercial director Brian Rose, brings to his new appointment ...

  31. P&P, London Calling Forge Synch Pact

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based music publisher P&P Songs has struck a long-term agreement with London Calling, Tracie London-Rowell's specialist film and TV synch firm. Through the new deal, London Calling will exploit P&P's catalog, which include ...

  32. Island Execs Step Up, Gatfield Switches To EMI

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has confirmed that Island Records executives Darcus Beese and Ted Cockle have been appointed co-presidents of the group. As reported on Billboard.biz yesterday (April 15), the pair will replace the label's current preside ...

  33. Universal Music U.K. Picks Arvato For Distribution

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is outsourcing its distribution operation to Bertelsmann's Arvato U.K., a sister company of Sony BMG, with effect from the end of April. According to UMG, all relevant staff are expected to transfer to Arvato U.K.'s ...

  34. Joseph Rises At Universal U.K.

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has named David Joseph as the new chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. London-based Joseph, previously co-president of Polydor Records and president of Universal Music Operations, has ...

  35. EMI Strikes Deal For BoxOffice365 On-Demand Video Site

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music U.K. will make DRM-free audio and video content available through British Internet Broadcasting Co.'s (BiBC) downloadable virtual store, the music major said today. Works from EMI artists including Coldplay, The Spice Girls, Queen, ...

  36. Canadian Pop Duo Release Interactive Video

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has linked up with coull.tv, a media-technology company, to release an interactive, social networking video promoting the debut single by Canadian pop duo RyanDan. RyanDan comprises identical twins Ryan and Dan Kowarsky. Their ...

  37. A&M Offers Record Deal In New Unsigned Competition

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is joining forces with national broadcaster Channel 4, handset maker Sony Ericsson and telecoms giant Orange for a new unsigned, multi-media talent quest in the United Kingdom. The "mobileAct unsigned" winning act wi ...

  38. UMG Sheds Sanctuary Label Staff

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is preparing to hand out pink slips to staff at Sanctuary Group's U.K. label arm. Billboard.biz understands that Joe Cokell, CEO of Sanctuary Records Group Worldwide, and Roger Semon, COO Sanctuary Records Group, are amo ...

  39. Girls Aloud Seal Samsung Deal

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. division of Korean electronics giant Samsung has unveiled a new commercial deal with Polydor Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music U.K., and one of its leading female pop acts, Girls Aloud. The agreement, clinched earlier this month (J ...

  40. Heller Takes DVD Post With Uni U.K.

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Simon Heller is to take the position of GM, music DVD and audio-visual formats at Universal Music U.K. Heller will join Universal Music U.K. on March 5 from Warner Vision U.K., where he worked for eight years as GM. He previously held senior marke ...

  41. Universal Strikes Content Pact With BT

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to supply video-on-demand clips for use on BT Vision, the next-generation TV service run by the British telecommunications network. Tracks will also be offered on Windows-compatible listening devices vi ...

  42. Groove Mobile, Uni U.K. Partner On Mobile Music Store

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Groove Mobile, the Massachusetts-based international mobile-music service provider, has teamed with Universal Music U.K. to build and operate an off-portal mobile music store. The partnership, unveiled today (Jan. 22) during Midem, will allow Brit ...

  43. Europe Continues 'Love' Affair With Beatles

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' "Love" (Apple/Parlophone) retains leadership of European Top 100 Albums, keeping top five placings in all of the countries where the album debuted there last week. Additionally, it's up 6-1 and 9-3 in the Belgian r ...

  44. Robinson Expands Duties In Universal Film, TV Unit

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT London-Rowell splits. Marc Robinson has been promoted to head of film, TV & advertising for Universal Music U.K. Based in London, he takes the reins at the major's film, TV & advertising unit following the departure of Tracie London-R ...

  45. Digital Expert Wells Upped At UMGI

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec will oversee music giant's digital strategy. Rob Wells has been elevated to the new role as senior VP, digital, at Universal Music Group International. Based in London, the executive is tasked with directing and executing all areas of th ...

  46. Digital Expert Wells Upped At UMGI

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec will oversee music giant's digital strategy. Rob Wells has been elevated to the new role as senior VP, digital, at Universal Music Group International. Based in London, the executive is tasked with directing and executing all areas of th ...

  47. Aguilera's 'Back To' No. 1 In Europe

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera powers to the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Back To Basics" (RCA). Its 2002 predecessor "Stripped" only debuted at No. 16 on the pan-European chart, although it went on to be Christina Aguilera powers ...

  48. Aguilera's 'Back To' No. 1 In Europe

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera powers to the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Back To Basics" (RCA). Its 2002 predecessor "Stripped" only debuted at No. 16 on the pan-European chart, although it went on to be Christina Aguilera powers ...

  49. Grainge Hails Retailers For Debut Successes

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group International's chairman/CEO, is attributing the label's recent major success in the United Kingdom to a robust retail sector that is supporting new acts. Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group Intern ...

  50. Chili Peppers Return To Euro Chart Summit

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The new No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums is an old chart-topper, as Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) regains top spot from Muse's "Black Holes and Revelations" (Helium 3/A& The new No. ...

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