Madness return with 'Can't Touch Us Now'

Madness are not only a giant of British music, fashion and culture, they are woven into the very fabric of Britishness. Their songs and imagery have sound-tracked some of the most significant events across four decades and are ingrained into the nation’s consciousness. They are one of the top 20 selling UK groups of all time, with seven top ten albums, 22 top 20 hits and over six million album sales to their name.

Recorded at the renowned Toe Rag Studios, East London, ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’ was produced by Clive Langer, the man behind some of the band’s biggest hits, and Liam Watson, owner of Toe Rag and Grammy Winner for his work on The White Stripes’ ‘Elephant’. Recording the whole album in under three weeks, tracks such as 'Mr Apples', 'Mumbo Jumbo', the Amy Winehouse referencing 'Blackbird' and the title track 'Can’t Touch Us Now' capture the band’s inimitable combination of pop, reggae and soul influences. As on many of Madness greatest moments, the lyrics are gloriously observational and humorous, beautifully framing life in London. 

‘Songs Inspired by the Film Eddie The Eagle’ Album Launch Party

UMC & Gary Barlow hosted an incredible one-off live music event to celebrate the release of ‘Fly - Songs Inspired By The Film Eddie The Eagle’ at One Mayfair, London. Gary Barlow, one of the UK’s most successful and well-respected singer-songwriters, bought together some of the biggest music legends to perform - Tony Hadley, Holly Johnson, Paul Young, Nic Kershaw, Howard Jones & Go West, ABC who all featured on the album. The evening was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and attendances included director Dexter Fletcher, producer Matthew Vaughn, Claudia Schiffer & Eddie the Eagle himself.

The Who Hits 50!

Few rock and roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had widely different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade’s worth of remarkable music. Listen to it all here!

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Underworld at Abbey Road Studios, brought to you by Carling

In November 2014, the legendary Abbey Road Studios hosted seminal, show-stopping performances from dance music icons Underworld and pop powerhouse producers Gorgon City for the launch of the Black Label Project, brought to you by Carling. In an exclusive for those in attendance, the two acts performed their own re-worked versions of Underworld’s 90’s masterpiece Cowgirl. The Black Label Project’s partnership with the studios meant the unforgettable moment and the spirit of the event was captured in exhilarating, raw form using the studio’s globally-acclaimed live-to-vinyl recording process, meaning the resulting track will give fans a sense of being back in the room, witnessing the unrepeatable performance first hand.

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Lionel Richie hits #1

To compliment Lionel’s phenomenal Glastonbury set in 2015, UMC delivered a high profile multi platform amplification campaign that returned Lionel to the top of the UK album charts for the first time in over 20 years. "When they told me this morning, I was screaming like a kid with his first hit record, I'm trying to be very calm about this, but there's no way you can be calm about this. This is like Christmas." Richie on UK #1 album.

The Beatles – Now Streaming

On Christmas Eve 2015 the full Beatles catalogue, 13 remastered studio albums and four compilation albums, became available on nine separate music streaming sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon Prime. It happened at 12.01am local time “here, there and everywhere” and fans were invited to follow the launch from east to west on For Beatles fans all over the world this was the ultimate gift for the holidays.

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UB40 feat Ali, Astro and Mickey release their first ever Unplugged album

A 2CD album featuring all their greatest hits unplugged for the first time including classics such as 'Red Red Wine', 'I Got You Babe', 'Kingston Town' and 'One in Ten'. The album also includes a bonus disc of all their greatest hits.

For the release of the album we wanted to create imagery and video content that reflected the stripped back intimate nature of the record. The band recorded the whole album at the iconic RAK studios in London, and for the photos, videos and album art we spent a day at the studios filming and shooting the band in their natural set up.

Click here to see a sample of the videos from their new album.

Top of The Pops range

To celebrate UMC’s exclusive relationship with the most iconic British music TV show ever, we’ve kicked off a series of music releases with eight 3CD sets celebrating the best chart hits from the show’s lifespan, the period 1964 – 2006. Split neatly into 5-year eras – ‘1964-1969’, ‘1970 – 1974’, ‘1975-1979’, ‘1980-1984’, ‘1985-1989’, ‘1990-1994’, ‘1995-1999’ and ‘2000-2006’ – the sets come branded with the show’s original instantly recognisable logos and contain artists as diverse as The Beach Boys, ABBA, Barry White, Oasis, Soul II Soul, Girls Aloud, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Jam and Blondie. If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also released ‘Top Of The Pops Christmas’, a suitably festive 2-disc collection containing huge Christmas songs from John Lennon, Band Aid, Elton John and more plus a selection of Christmas Number 1’s from the likes of The Human League, Girls Aloud and The Flying Pickets.

‘Can’t Touch Us Now’ Formats Unveiled Including ‘Greatest Show On Earth’ Vintage Game Box Set

Legendary British Band Madness announce details of their eagerly anticipated new album Cant Touch Us Now, out October 28th on UMC.

The special limited edition 'Cant Touch Us Now' box set comes packaged with a unique madness edition of The Greatest Show On Earth, one of the fabulous vintage-style game creations by friend-of-the-band Dee Jay Wheelie Bag. Players take to the stage in their very own theatre and entertain one another with 36 special edition performance cards all inspired by the songs and lyrics of Cant Touch Us Now. The box set features the brand new album, a special extra disc of bonus material exclusive only to this edition as well as a fold out booklet.

Cant Touch Us Nowis the latest step in an incredible few years for the revitalised nutty boys. They have spent the summer months road testing the new material at some of the UKs most iconic festivals including the main stage at Glastonbury.

The Beatles Celebrate "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/USM). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked.

Bee Gees 'Timeless: The All - Time Greatest Hits'

Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits is the new career-spanning collection of top hits by one of music’s most legendary and acclaimed groups, the Bee Gees. It features 21 tracks personally selected by Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb and sequenced in chronological order. The CD and digital collection spans decades of Bee Gees smash hits, from their first Australian chart-topper, 1966’s “Spicks and Specks” to “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever to 1987’s UK Number One single “You Win Again.”

"There is a spirituality about this album and these songs always meant the most to us,” says Barry Gibb in his written introduction for the Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits package. “Although there are many other songs, these songs, I feel, are the songs that Maurice, Robin, and I would be most proud of.”

Glen Campbell Says Adiós With Farewell Album

Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell’s farewell album, Adiós, will be released June 9 on UMC, capping off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than five decades and has seen Campbell sell more than 50 million albums.

Adiós was recorded at Station West in Nashville while Campbell was battling Alzheimer’s disease.

It features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston.

Adiós was a labour of love and a way for Glen Campbell, the Rhinestone Cowboy, to have one more chance to do what he loves to do and leave a musical gift for fans.

Moana Soundtrack

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new feature film “Moana” is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

Music is a key factor throughout the movie with the songs being co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda – the writer of smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton  – alongside Mark Mancina (The Lion King) and the renowned New Zealand songwriter Opetaia Foa'I from contemporary South Pacific band Te Vaka, who brings the influence of authentic South Pacific fusion music.

Marvel Music, Hollywood Records And Universal Music Catalogue Present Marvel Studios'

Marvel Music, Hollywood Records and UMC release the long awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (songs only soundtrack), alongside the Tyler Bates composed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Original Score album. A sequel to the hugely successful Grammy® nominated soundtrack to the first film - certified platinum in the UK and the US and the first soundtrack album consisting of entirely previously released songs to go to #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart - Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is a collection of 14 songs that play a pivotal role in telling the Guardians story.

Def Leppard Announce 30th Anniversary Multi-Format Release of Hysteria

Legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons Def Leppard celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album Hysteria, one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of Hysteria (Remastered 2017)

The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks and additionally the audio for “In The Round In Your Face (Live)” on CD for the first time!

Essential listening for fans across the board, Hysteria indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group’s second consecutive RIAA Diamond-certified record (over 10 million sales in the USA), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S.

Rick Wakeman makes UK chart history

Multi-million-selling keyboard icon Rick Wakeman makes UK chart history as his new album Piano Portraits has become the first solo piano album in history to reach the UK top 10.   

Currently enjoying his 50th year as a professional musician, Wakeman is without doubt one of the most original, entertaining and groundbreaking performers of his generation. As well as enjoying huge success as a member of Yes, he’s carved out a fascinating, idiosyncratic career that has comfortably traversed multiple musical worlds. A classically trained pianist, he studied at the Royal College Of Music before going on to become a much in-demand session musician playing on a string of hit songs by the likes of Black Sabbath, Elton John, Cat Stevens and David Bowie.

Wakeman began working on Piano Portraits following the unprecedented reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s Life on Mars on BBC Radio 2 in early 2016, which went on become the most shared clip in the station’s history. The album features a varied selection of music including classic songs that he originally performed on including Space Oddity, Life On Mars and Morning Has Broken.

Two UMC campaigns included in Music Ally's Top 40 digital marketing campaigns of 2016!

Two of our 2016 campaigns - Madness 'Can't Touch Us Now' and Marc Almond 'Trials of Eyeliner' have been included in Music Ally's annual top 40 digital marketing campaigns report.   Check out the report here.