The new edition of Music Week is out now, with star of stage and screen Sheridan Smith starring alongside hitmaking superpower Amy Wadge on the cover.
The pair are together to reveal all about Smith’s upcoming album, her first of original songs, which was co-written with Ed Sheeran’s writing partner Wadge and represents a bid for the big time. It’s a music business story unlike any other you’ll read this year.
This week’s Big Story comes from the BBC, as Bob Shennan, director of radio and music, takes us inside the launch of new streaming service BBC Sounds, welcoming a big player to the market.
Also in news, we hear from pop songwriting force Steve Mac on the power of sync and check in with Andrea Bocelli’s team for the latest on his biggest campaign yet.
Elsewhere, we go backstage at the Music Week Sync Awards, chatting to all 23 winners to hear the secrets of their success, plus we celebrate 10 years of the Association Of Independent Festivals with CEO Paul Reed.
In Hitmakers, we unravel the tale of noughties dance anthem Lola’s Theme with Shapeshifters’ Simon Marlin, and Johnny Borrell holds court in The Aftershow as Razorlight return with fourth album Olympus Sleeping.
We head to rural Bedfordshire to meet teenage indie sensation Alfie Templeman in On The Radar, while Making Waves stars breaking London artist Osquello. River Island’s latest campaign is this week’s Sync Story.
Alongside all of that, there’s all the very latest news, charts and analysis.
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