In the new issue of Music Week we welcome Entertainment Retailers Association CEO Kim Bayley to the cover. Bayley tells us how she transformed ERA from old school talking shop to a united promotional force, and reveals what she has in store next.
In the news section we reveal the number of successful UK debut albums this year and explain why labels are increasingly targeting singles breakthroughs for emerging artists. There's some huge news from RCA and, having broken the story last night, we also have all the details and top exec reaction to the new National Album Day initiative.
Plus, rock veterans Alice In Chains reveal all about their new long-awaited LP Rainier Fog, while AEG Presents take us inside its London summer festivals, the established British Summer Time Hyde Park and the fledgling All Points East in Victoria Park.
This week's Hitmakers revisits the England football anthem Three Lions through the eyes of executive producer Rick Blaskey, and James frontman Tim Booth takes a trip down memory lane in The Aftershow.
AIM membership administrator Callum Johnson takes the Rising Star slot and Mojo's Andy Cowan reveals what's currently lighting up his world in Tastemakers, while On The Radar focuses on Liverpool starlet Zuzu. Sync Story brings Kah-Lo & Riton's link-up with online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing into focus, and Gently Tender rise from the ashes of Palma Violets to be Making Waves.
As well as all that, there’s all the very latest news, charts and analysis, including our new Apple Music charts.
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