The new edition of Music Week is out now, featuring comeback king Rick Astley.
Ahead of the release of his upcoming album Beautiful Life, our cover story traces Astley's remarkable recent journey from internet meme to platinum-selling arena-filler with the man himself, plus input from BMG’s Korda Marshall, Alistair Norbury and Gemma Reilly.
Elsewhere in the issue, with The Classic BRITs returning after a five-year absence – and hot on the heels of the success of Ball & Boe, The Greatest Showman and Sheku Kanneh-Mason – we investigate the resurgence of classical music and related genres in the charts.
Plus, we deliver a very special report on physical and digital distribution, speaking to leading players in this thriving sector such as Believe, Proper, InGrooves and The Orchard.
Also in this edition, Virgin EMI president Ted Cockle tells us how Florence Welch is preparing for the streaming age, Johnnie Walker outlines his ambitions for BBC Radio 2’s new Rock Show series and there’s big news from former BMG exec Pat Carr.
Travis’ Fran Healy gives the inside story of Writing To Reach You in Hitmakers, we introduce you to Aussie rockers Amyl And The Sniffers in On The Radar and Myleene Klass looks back on her life and times in music in The Aftershow.
Sync Story looks at the link-up between BT Sport and Little Simz, and Making Waves showcases Tirzah.
Plus, there’s all our usual enhanced news, new music, analysis, charts coverage and market share statistics.
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