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Issue Date: 15 December 2017

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s the Music Week Christmas double issue, featuring a huge 84 pages crammed with all the big artists, executives and stories from the past 12 months. And they don’t come any bigger than our cover star and Artist Of The Year, Ed Sheeran. Music Week talks to manager Stuart Camp, Atlantic president Ben Cook, publisher Guy Moot plus Ed himself to get the inside story of how ÷ conquered 2017.
  • It’s also been a great year for Rag’N’Bone Man, our Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. Rory Graham and key members of his team talk us through how he became 2017’s hottest new star. And we honour Jack Antonoff as Songwriter Of The Year after his work on albums by the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde. 
  • Elsewhere in your action-packed, new-look review of the year, we get the inside story of how Despacito conquered the planet; look at how the horrific Manchester attack changed live music forever; analyse what impact this year’s chart changes had on the number of new hits; investigate the new industry behind UK rap; look at why 2017 was the year of the soundtrack; and examine the rise-and-rise of voice-activated streaming, including an exclusive interview with Amazon’s elusive Alexa.
  • Plus: Big Shaq, Kurupt FM, Ball & Boe, Kelly Clarkson, The Killers, the quotes and photos of the year, and there’s all our usual enhanced news, new music, analysis, charts coverage and market share statistics. Merry Christmas!
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