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Issue Date: 19 February 2024
For our latest issue, Music Week is excited to welcome the industry’s newest superstar, Tyla, to our cover. In the wake of releasing her viral smash hit Water in 2023, the Grammy-winning breakout act has had the entire industry talking. Up next: she’s finally ready to release her highly-anticipated, self-titled debut album. In this huge cover story, the singer-songwriter from Johannesburg tells us all about her story so far, and is joined by Africa Creative Agency’s Colin Gaye, We Make Music’s Brandon Hixon, Epic Records’ Sylvia Rhone and Ezekiel Lewis, plus Since ’93’s/RCA UK’s Glyn Aikins.
In our Music Week Interview this month, we meet up with Dice’s CEO, Phil Hutcheon, who reflects on his career to date, discusses changes in the global market and talks about the opportunities that gamification could bring to the music sector. The executive also tells us why the revolutionary ticketing company is not sitting still after triumphing in the Ticketing Company category at last year’s Music Week Awards.
Also in the features section, the co-founders of Black Lives In Music, Charisse Beaumont and Roger Wilson, outline their mission to create a fairer and more accessible industry, while elsewhere Nadine Shah is joined by her manager Ros Earls and EMI North’s Clive Cawley to go deep on mental wellbeing, navigating grief and starting life at a major label.
Plus! CEO Wez Saunders, Sarah Crane and Allan Nicoll from the Defected Records team celebrate the dance music label’s 25th anniversary, and reveal all about their plans for the future. Finally, in this month’s features section, we talk to the Country Music Association’s CEO Sarah Trahern and VP of international relations and development Milly Olykan to discuss country music’s rapid growth outside of America.