First Music Week of 2019 out now

First Music Week of 2019 out now

The first issue of Music Week of 2019 is out now as we welcome Dido to the cover and preview the biggest albums and tours of the next 12 months. 

In our cover story, we catch up with the four-time BRIT Award winner, her manager Craig Logan and BMG's Alistair Norbury ahead of the first Dido album in six years, Still On My Mind. 

Elsewhere, we focus on the biggest albums and tours that 2019 has in store, in addition to analysing the key market trends from last year. 

With HMV  in administration for a second time, we speak to label execs about the efforts to keep physical music on the High Street, while there is some huge news from island Records. 

As Amazon-powered devices hit the milestone of 100 million sales globally, we look at how artists are adding a smart speaker strategy to their campaigns, with Michael Bublé the latest artist to release an Alexa Skill.

In Viewpoint, the Association Of Independent Music CEO Paul Pacifico explains why he’s committed to being an ‘ally’ in the workplace after partnering with LGBT equality charity Stonewall. 

3 Beat's digital marketing & visual product manager Sophie Alexander is our first Rising Star of the New Year, and journalist Precious Adesina reveals her favourite new sounds in Tastemakers. 

Chorus-obsessed indie boys Sea Girls feature On The Radar and millennial voice Bakar is Making Waves, while Native Music's Fred Ashworth talks up holiday firm Tui's adoption of The Strokes' classic Someday in Sync Story. 

Hitmakers revisits The Cardigans' 1997 smash My Favourite Game with singer Nina Persson. The Aftershow, meanwhile, sees former Beautiful South and Housemartins' hitmaker Paul Heaton reveal a few secrets of the trade. 

The archive slot winds the clock back 20 years to 1999, plus there’s all the very latest news, analysis, charts coverage and market share statistics.

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