Universal Music

Type: Private

Founded: 1929

Employees: 550

Universal Music UK is home to a number of different record labels representing some of the best artists around. These labels include Capitol, Decca, Fiction, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI. We also have a thriving catalogue label and divisions handling brand partnerships, TV production and merchandise. Since last year we have owned the most famous music studio in the world – Abbey Road Studios in London. 

We’re involved in every single stage of the recording process – from discovering new artists to recording an album, promoting it and then distributing it.

Some of the big names we've signed in recent years include Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Elbow, Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey. But while we love discovering and signing new talent, we also make sure that music by legends like Elton John and the Rolling Stones continue to be heard for generations to come. We also release the music of global superstars such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Eminem.

We are the UK division of Universal Music Group,  the biggest music company in the world with offices in more than 60 different countries.

Did you know?

  • The music of many of the best-selling artists of all time are in the Universal Music catalogue – The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen and ABBA have all sold more than 200 million records each.
  • Universal Music is home to many world famous record labels – including Capitol, Decca, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI.
  • Since late 2012, Universal Music has owned the most famous studio in the world, Abbey Road Studios. Oasis, Radiohead, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and most famously The Beatles have all recorded there.
  • Universal Music UK’s parent company is Universal Music Group. It's the biggest music company in the world, with businesses in more than 60 countries.
  • Universal Music holds “Utalks” at colleges and universities across the UK – these are free to attend and students can ask our employees what it’s really like to work in the industry
  • Since 2009, Universal Music has run a paid intern scheme, taking on around 20 new interns a year in every area of its business and setting a new standard for the creative sector
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