Secret Genius: Spotify interview Nicky Chinn

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 July 2016

The super-successful Chinnichap team - Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman - wrote some of the biggest pop and glam rock hits of the 70’s. These credentials made Nicky the perfect choice for Spotify’s new Secret Genius series, interviewing the songwriting talent behind some of the biggest musical success stories. Listen to Spotify’s Rob Fitzpatrick sit down with Nicky to talk songwriting, hit singles and ask – one hundred million sales later – how did he they do it? 

Laura Mvula releases 'The Dreaming Room'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 17 June 2016

Laura Mvula releases her new album, ‘The Dreaming Room’  today through RCA Victor (Sony). ‘The Dreaming Room’ is an expansion on what was already a captivating sound.  The heavenly layers of voices, the unexpected complex diversions and the celestial grandeur are still all there but with the addition of buzzy analogue synths and electric guitar lines.  

Mike McCormack named Managing Director of UMPG UK

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 16 June 2016

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today that Mike McCormack has been named Managing Director of the UK.  McCormack first joined UMPG’s U.K. business in 1999 as Deputy Managing Director and during that time he signed and worked with artists and songwriters including Adele, Alabama Shakes, Lily Allen, Dangermouse, The Darkness, The Killers, MGMT and Sigur Rós.

Paul Simon releases 'Stranger to Stranger'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 03 June 2016

Paul Simon has released ‘Stranger to Stranger’, his 13th solo album, on June 3rd via Concord Records. Full of thrilling, imaginative textures, ‘Stranger to Stranger’ conjures a vivid and vital new context to Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter.  The record - his first since 2011’s acclaimed ‘So Beautiful or So What’ - ushers the listener into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterwork ‘Graceland’. 

Gregory Porter - 'Take Me to the Alley'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 06 May 2016

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with ‘Take Me to the Alley’, the much-anticipated follow-up to his sensational 2013 Blue Note debut ‘Liquid Spirit’. 

Ivor Novello nominations 2016

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 19 April 2016

Universal Music Publishing are well represented in the 2016 Ivor Novello nominations announced today, with seven out of 18 nominations and all three nominations in the Best Original Film Score category.

Anarchy In The UK exhibition celebrates punk icons

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 14 April 2016

Always more than a musical genre, punk allowed a generation to express themselves without deference, to invent without fear, and to create without boundaries. 40 years on, Punk London is a year long programme of events to celebrate the most rebellious of music movements. One of the highlights of the program - ‘ANARCHY IN THE UK: #PUNKLONDON’ - opens at the Richard Young gallery this week, showcasing an incredible selection of both classic and never-seen-before images from Richard Young’s archive.

Eliza and the Bear release debut album

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 08 April 2016

Eliza and the Bear release their self-titled debut album today on Capitol Records. It includes the current single 'Friends’, an uplifting song about the importance of friends and family, which went on to soundtrack a Bulmers cider advert. 'Friends' follows previous singles ‘Lion’s Heart’, which “led to roaring singalongs at festivals” (The Telegraph) and ‘It Gets Cold’ ( “hard to get away from its magnetic groove” - The Independent) – all of which made the Radio 1 playlist. Other standout tracks include the beautifully broody, strings accompanied ‘I’m On Your Side’, fan favourite

Leon Vynehall releases 'Rojus (Designed to Dance)'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 01 April 2016

Leon Vynehall today releases an extended EP ‘Rojus’ (Designed to dance) via Running Back Records. An artist with his own agenda, to date his off kilter sounds have come in the form of EPs on labels like 3024, Rush Hour and Running Back, and have been carefully crafted things, layered with musicality whilst never straying too far from an infectious groove.

The Common Linnets release 'II'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 18 March 2016

Great songs, sparkling guitar riffs, acoustic string instruments and intricate vocal harmonies – all are present in abundance on The Common Linnets' new album ‘II’. The release follows a period of growing success for the band – single ‘Calm After The Storm’ reached No. 1 in 14 countries, and their self-titled debut album went triple Platinum in the Netherlands, Platinum in Germany, and won 12 international awards, including the prestigious ECHO Award in Germany.