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Issue Date: 15 November 2022

  • Music Week is delighted to welcome Lewis Capaldi back to our cover, as we kick off the campaign for his hugely anticipated second album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent with an in-depth interview. Inside, we cover everything about the new record, taking in stories of Sir Lucian Grainge, Sir Elton John, Max Martin and more. Capaldi – who is joined in the piece by EMI co-president Rebecca Allen, MD Clive Cawley and their team, plus agent Ryan Penty of Wasserman Music – also speaks candidly about his mental health and his recent decision to talk publicly about his struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome. 
  • Also inside this month, we team up with the Official Charts Company to plot the history of the Official Singles Chart, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Chief executive Martin Talbot writes exclusively for Music Week about the importance of the chart, before guiding us through its story so far, decade by decade.
  • If 2022 has been the year of dance music, then Defected CEO Wez Saunders has been at the centre of the story. Having taken over leadership of the independent from founder Simon Dunmore back in the summer, Saunders is the subject of this month’s Music Week Interview, in which he lays out his vision for the streaming-focused future of Defected.
  • It’s been a similarly successful year for Burna Boy’s mother and manager Bose Ogulu, who is being honoured at the Artist & Manager Awards this month. To celebrate, we check in with the executive midway through Burna Boy’s world tour to tell her story, from watching her father manage Fela Kuti, through to founding a successful language school and later taking the decision to guide her son’s musical career and building the Spaceship Collective, an independent management, records and publishing business.
  • Andrea Bocelli is reimagining the Christmas album this Q4, joined for the first time by his children Matteo and Virginia for A Family Christmas, a new collection of festive songs out now on Decca. Music Week meets the Bocelli family, plus his management team and Decca co-presidents Tom Lewis and Laura Monks to explore the mechanics of a Christmas campaign. There’s all of that, and much, much more!
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