US superstar Carrie Underwood graces the cover of the new issue of Music Week, which is out now.
The singer spills the beans on her brilliant new album Cry Pretty, her first for Universal, alongside UMG Nashville’s Cindy Mabe, Virgin EMI’s Ted Cockle and CAA’s Jeff Frasco.
In a special report, Music Week shines a light on some of the most innovative developments in the apps sector, while Lost Village co-founders Andy George and Jay Jameson discuss the Lincolnshire event's organic growth ahead of this weekend's fourth edition.
Elsewhere, we present the first wave of finalists for the 2018 Music Week Sync Awards, which return on October 18 to celebrate the best of music in film, TV, advertising and video games.
In news, Reading & Leeds chief Melvin Benn takes us behind the scenes at this year's festivals in an exclusive interview and Deutsche Grammophon president Dr Clemens Trautmann tells us how the classical label is embracing streaming.
Sony/ATV head of A&R, UK, David Ventura, meanwhile, sings the praises of UK rapper Octavian, who has signed to the Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs JV worldwide.
The Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell remembers the making of the band's lyrically-controversial 1982 classic Golden Brown in Hitmakers and former Catatonia singer and current BBC Radio DJ Cerys Matthews shares her life lessons in The Aftershow. Electronic pop wizard Ben Khan is featured On The Radar.
Nowhere Near founder Hannan Malik is this week's Rising Star, journalist Kieran Devlin takes on the Tastemaker slot and Honkies are the latest emerging act Making Waves.
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