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The Drums return with new album 'Encyclopedia'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 24 September 2014

The Drums have released their third full-length album entitled ‘Encyclopedia’, through Minor Records this week. Including the single ‘Magic Mountain’, this new LP sees the band’s two founding members namely Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, embrace a darker sound, exploring the themes of loss, nostalgia, redemption, vulnerability, and love.

MOBO Award nominations 2014

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 24 September 2014

Four artists signed to Universal Music Publishing have received nominations for the 19th MOBO Awards. Fuse ODG has been nominated in three categories namely Best Male Act, Best Act and Best African Act, whilst Rayleigh Ritchie and M.O have been nominated for Best Newcomer. Jessie Ware also picked up a nomination in the Best R&B / Soul category.

The Pierces release their fifth album 'Creation'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 02 September 2014

The Pierces release their new album ‘Creation’ through Polydor Records this week. Featuring the mesmeric single ‘Kings’, ‘Creation’ is the follow-up to sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce’s 2011 album, ‘You & I’.

Basement Jaxx release new album 'Junto'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 26 August 2014

Basement Jaxx are back with their new album ‘Junto’, released through Atlantic Jaxx / PIAS this week. ‘Junto’ will be the seventh album from Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe - aka Basement Jaxx - and has been two years in the making.  With a title translating from Spanish to mean ‘together’, ‘Junto’ embodies the duo’s ongoing desire to unify people through music. Featuring the lead single ‘Never Say Never’ this release is both ambitious and inventive, resulting in 13 new explosive dance floor fusion tracks.

Alex Clare returns with new album 'Three Hearts'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 12 August 2014

Alex Clare, who sold of 5 million copies of his hit single ‘Too Close’, releases his sophomore album ‘Three Hearts’ though Island Records this week. ‘Three Hearts’, featuring the powerful single ‘War Rages On’, was recorded in London and Los Angeles with Alex collaborating with Dan Wilson (Adele, Paloma Faith), Antony Genn and Martin Slattery of The Hours, Steve Booker (John Newman) and Ben Hudson (Kanye West).

Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 11 August 2014

After an astonishing year which saw her described as “The voice of 2013” by The Evening Standard, nominated for two BRIT Awards (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act), shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and receiving a nomination in the Album Award category at the recent Ivor Novello Awards, Laura Mvula returns with a new recording of her Top Ten debut album ‘Sing To The Moon’, released through RCA Victor (Sony) today.

Classic Catalogue: The The - 'Soul Mining'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 05 August 2014

Looking back on The The’s major label debut ‘Soul Mining’ it is fair to say that it has stood the test of time. Singles such as ‘This Is The Day’ and ‘Uncertain Smile’ still fizz with a vibrant, wonky pop energy, making it hard to believe that the album is three decades old.

Originally released on 21st October 1983, the recording of ‘Soul Mining’ began in the spring of 1982, when The The founder and primary member, Matt Johnson decamped to New York to record ‘Uncertain Smile’ with producer Mike Thorne.

Featuring a host of talented musicians, including JG Thirwell (aka Foetus, Manorexia and Steroid Maximus), Zeke Manyika (Orange Juice), electronic DIY pioneer Thomas Leer and Jools Holland, Johnson set out with a clear vision in mind – to produce an album that felt cinematic; a record of width, depth and texture and one which avoided the mundane line-up of two guitars, bass and drums.

Example releases new album 'Live Life Living'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 07 July 2014

Singer, songwriter, producer, occasional rapper and all round king of the club banger Example releases his brand new album ‘Live Life Living’ today through Epic Records. This new album sees Example return with his trademark propulsive, electronic dance sound. Including the singles ‘Kids Again’ and ‘One More Day (Stay With Me)’, ‘Live Life Living’ is set to soundtrack this summer’s Ibiza sunset.

New 'Annie Get Your Gun' production tours the UK

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 June 2014 A new production of Broadway classic 'Annie Get Your Gun', scored by Irving Berlin, will tour the UK starring Emma Williams & Jason Donovan. To celebrate, Piney Gir has recorded a new cover version of 'I Got The Sun In The Morning'.

Bastille’s 'Pompeii' revealed as the UK’s most streamed song of all time

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 23 June 2014

The Official Charts Company has announced that Bastille’s single 'Pompeii' is currently the most streamed track of all time in the UK, racking up over 26.6 million plays. UMPG also holds a publishing share on five more tracks within the Top 10 Most Streamed Songs Of All Time list including 'Wake Me Up' by Avicii, co-written by Micheal Einziger, Pharrell Williams’ single 'Happy', 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke, 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons, co-written by Alex Da Kid, and Clean Bandits' 'Rather Be', co-written by Jimmy Napes.