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Issue Date: 19 February 2018
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- This week’s Music Week is a gigantic BRITs 2018 preview, bringing you everything you need to know about the UK music industry’s biggest showcase. On the cover is BRITs chairman Jason Iley, also boss of Sony UK, who takes us behind the scenes of this year’s ceremony and holds forth on Ed Sheeran, his plans for the future of the BRITs and the current state of the music biz… Don’t miss it.
- Also in our action-packed BRITs special: BPI boss Geoff Taylor weighs in on this year’s event; we go inside the making of all five British Album Of The Year contenders; we look back at 10 years of the Critics’ Choice award and meet this year’s winner, Jorja Smith — rated the hottest new act on the planet.
- Elsewhere, there’s news from an even bigger awards show as we unveil the finalists for this year’s Music Week Awards, the music industry’s biggest night out. Have you made this year’s shortlists? Check out the magazine to find out…
- Plus: there’s big news from Jax Jones, Kaiser Chiefs’ classic Ruby is in Hitmakers, BRIT School principal Stuart Worden holds forth on the importance of music education; and Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls (yes, really!) takes on The Aftershow. And there’s all our usual enhanced news, new music, analysis, charts coverage and market share statistics.