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Steve Mac celebrates huge chart success

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 20 March 2017

Rokstone Music/ UMPG writer Steve Mac is celebrating his massive No.1 hit, 'Shape of You', by Ed Sheeran (produced by Mac and co-written with Ed Sheeran & Johnny McDaid). The song has had 10 consecutive weeks at the top of the UK charts, reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and since release has topped the official charts in 60 countries worldwide. 

New signing: Nilüfer Yanya

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 07 March 2017

Universal Music Publishing are delighted to announce the signing of Nilüfer Yanya. Nilüfer's music incorporates the city’s urban edge with beautiful wandering guitar lines, downtrodden soulful and jazz flickered melodies, on top of minimalist and atmospheric beats. 

New signing: Lisa Hannigan

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 02 March 2017

Universal Music Publishing are delighted to announce the signing of Lisa Hannigan and welcome her to the UMP family. Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan first came to light singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. She contributed significantly to Rice’s platinum-selling debut ‘O’ and critically lauded follow up ‘9’, and has since been stretching her musical expertise in many directions: collaborating with artists as diverse as Ray LaMontagne, Richard Hawley, Herbie Hancock and Glen Hansard. 

New signing: Tom Walker

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 24 February 2017

Universal Music Publishing have signed multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tom Walker. An exciting new talent, he has already gained support from Clash, Pigeons & Planes, Q Magazine and SBTV, as well as BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Beats1 and BBC Introducing. His debut EP is set for release in March and is produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele).

Adele sweeps Grammys with five Award wins

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 February 2017

At the 59th annual Grammy Awards held last night, Universal Music Publishing Group artists, writers and producers took home 17 awards in a wide range of major categories. UMPG artist Adele, the biggest winner of the evening, received five Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her global smash hit ballad, 'Hello', Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 25, the best-selling album of 2015 and 2016.

Now Streaming: Prince

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 February 2017

Some of the greatest songs ever written by Prince are now streaming worldwide on services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Prime, and Google Play, among others. 

A showcase of this year's hottest new acts

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 02 February 2017

New Sounds 2017 is a playlist to showcase some of the hottest new acts for the coming year. The selection includes honey-voiced songstress Dua Lipa, electronic dance producer Jonas Blue and lo-fi funksters Formation, sitting alongside Liv Dawson’s elegant and contemporary melancholy, Fickle Friends’ bouncey indie-pop, Jamie N Commons’ and Kungs tropical collaboration and Cosima’s empowering pop.

Justin Timberlake receives first Oscar nomination for 'Best Song'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 24 January 2017

Global superstar and UMPG writer Justin Timberlake has received an Oscar nomination for his infectious song, 'Can’t Stop The Feeling', which was the launching pad for the blockbuster Dreamworks Animation film, 'Trolls'. The song was earlier nominated for a Golden Globe.

The xx release third album 'I See You'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 January 2017

The xx today release their hugely anticipated third album ‘I See You’ via Young Turks. 

‘I See You’ is the follow up to The xx’s two previous albums – ‘xx’ and ‘Coexist’ – which have sold over 3 million copies between them. The band have platinum and gold discs amassed from across Europe, The US and Australia, and they’re one of only three British bands to have a gold certified debut album in the US in the last decade.

Adele & Coldplay - the two biggest albums of 2016

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 03 January 2017

Adele's third studio album ‘25’ is officially the biggest album of 2016 in the UK, followed by Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ - according to data from the Official Charts Company.