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Issue Date: 19 July 2022
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- Music Week is thrilled to welcome Sir Elton John, David Furnish and Rachael Paley to the cover of our August issue. In a world exclusive interview, we meet the legendary Rocket Man and his managers to find out how they drove a new golden era for Elton and his music and ask what comes next. We delve deep into the five-year plan Furnish and Paley – who were crowned managers of the year at the 2022 Music Week Awards – devised to supercharge Elton’s career. Alongside revelations about the unique relationship he shares with Furnish and Paley and his take on his legacy, Elton talks Dua Lipa, new music, the UK charts, Brexit and more. Furnish opens up about his decision to manage his husband and its incredible impact, while he and Paley unpack the meticulous methodology that continues to drive huge success for Elton. Our cover story also features Universal Music UK CEO and chairman David Joseph and EMI co-president Rebecca Allen, who pay tribute to the incredible work of Elton, Furnish and Paley
- This month’s Music Week Interview sees us go face-to-face with Island Records UK president Louis Bloom. The executive talks about his longstanding love affair with the Universal-owned major and unveils his grand plan to write a new chapter in its iconic history. Talking breaking acts, genre, A&R, artist development and much more, Bloom offers candid insight into life at the top of one of the world’s most famous record labels
- Also in the features section, this month sees the return of Grammy-nominated star Maggie Rogers, who shares the story of her second album Surrender with Music Week. Joined by Polydor president Ben Mortimer, co-MD Stephen Hallowes and Mick Management’s Jonathan Eshak, the singer talks music, mental health and moving on.
- Elsewhere, we head to The O2 to meet Emma Bownes and Christian D’Acuna for a celebration of the venue’s 15th anniversary. Fellow Music Week Award winner Robert Bruce delivers a state of the nation address for Black music and the future of UK radio. Last but not least, we meet Nadia Khan and Lethal Bizzle. Inside, the manager, campaigner and winner of the Outstanding Achievement honour at the Women In Music Awards 2021 and grime pioneer share the highs and lows of their 18-year relationship. The duo have some powerful words for the industry as they continue their fight for a better business.