In the latest issue of Music Week, out today, we speak exclusively to Island Records president Darcus Beese about the company’s new urban division.
The new division is headed up by Alex Boateng, currently the label’s A&R and marketing manager. He also sat down with us to discuss plans for the new operation.
Taking the Big Interview this week is Because Music SVP Jane Third, who talks to us about how the company has become one of the industry’s most successful independent companies and the impact of streaming on the market.
Meanwhile, Music Week goes inside the upcoming Country 2 Country (C2C) Festival to explore the UK’s burgeoning country music scenes with the like of The Shires and Ward Thomas making waves on both sides of the pond. And we catch up with Grammy-winning next superstar of country, Maren Morris.
Elsewhere, we speak exclusively to Vevo’s SVP content and programming, Tom Connaughton, about the video streaming platform’s new move into the world of music video funding, while Sony/ATV UK gives us the lowdown on its new senior A&R manager appointment.
Following last week’s Women Make Music parliamentary roundtable, we catch up with PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed to discuss the outcomes of the meetings and her hopes for gender equality across the music biz.
As the biz starts packing its bags for Austin, we also have a comprehensive guide to how to have a successful SXSW Festival, including a rundown of which artists to look out for and what the event means for the biz in 2017.
Plus we have all the very latest chart analysis from Alan Jones and a whole lot more to boot, including the latest new artists to look out for and the most innovative sync deals in the market.
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