Newly crowned Strat winner Max Lousada steps into the spotlight in the new issue of Music Week.
In another huge Music Week exclusive, the Warner Music CEO of recorded music gives an insight into his success in an extensive, career-spanning interview, which also includes contributions from a number of Lousada's contemporaries in the industry, and many of the artists he works with. We also provide a full report on all the other happenings of the 2018 Music Week Awards, the biz's biggest night of the year.
Elsewhere in news, we speak to Sony's Dennis Kooker after the IFPI’s Global Music Report revealed that streaming is now the single biggest revenue source for recorded music, while Kooker and Warner's Stu Bergen tackle the growing importance of voice control.
Ignition Records director John Leahy discusses the strategy around Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' return to the road and we speak to Broadwick Live's Katt Alexander about 10 years of the '80s nostalgia-fuelled Rewind Festival.
Songwriter Ina Wroldsen reveals all about Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s smash hit Symphony in Hitmakers. The Aftershow slot, meanwhile, goes to BDi's Sarah Liversedge Platz.
In addition, radio legend Janice Long is this week's Tastemaker, Universal Music Group licensing coordinator Mich Mellard is our newest Rising Star and zippy quartet The Aces are Making Waves.
Sync Story looks at the link-up between DJ Zedd and National Geographic, while the smoky, homespun pop stylings of Yellow Days features in On The Radar.
Plus, there’s all our usual enhanced charts, news, new music, analysis and market share statistics.
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