In the new issue of Music Week, we welcome Greg James and Ashley “Dotty/A.Dot” Charles to our cover ahead of the arrival of BBC’s new primetime music TV show, Sounds Like Friday Night. More than a decade after the last episode of Top Of The Pops aired, we speak to James, A.Dot, Bob Shennan and Jan Younghusband to find out if the show - produced by Fulwell 73 - could be the best thing to happen to the music industry in years. Plus, we ask top names in the biz what the show needs to do to be a success…
Elsewhere in the features section, we take a very special look at the ever-evolving world of music book publishing. To kickstart proceedings, we speak to Iron Maiden’s singer Bruce Dickinson all about his autobiography What Does This Button Do?, which was released this month via HarperCollins. On top of that we take a wider look at the sector, seeing how books are becoming increasingly important additions to campaigns for everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Wiley. Also inside, we go through the Q3 sales figures to unearth the key takeaways and fascinating facts from the first nine months of the year, plus Weezer take us inside their new album Pacific Daydream.
Kelly Clarkson looks back on her huge single Because Of You in this week’s Hitmakers and Mike Smith, managing director, Warner/Chappell UK, gives us his life lessons from the biz in The Aftershow.
In this week’s frontline section, we round up all the winners and action on the night from the record-breaking Music Week Sync Awards 2017. Also in news, Music Venue Trust chief Mark Davyd hails the charity’s response team for halting the closure of small venues in the UK, and there's news of some big moves at Atlantic Records.
Record Store Day co-ordinator Megan Page is this week’s Rising Star, while NME New Music Writer Thomas Smith recommends Yung Blud’s I Love You, Will You Marry Me in the Tastemakers slot. Making Waves this week is London indie four piece Sorry, who have just released their Home Demos Vol. 1 mixtape.
The archive slot winds the clock back to 1982, plus there’s all the very latest news, analysis, charts coverage and market share statistics.
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