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Issue Date: 14 June 2021

  • Music Week is delighted to reveal R&B superstar H.E.R as the cover star of our new monthly print edition. Fresh from winning two Grammys and an Oscar earlier this year, Gabriella Wilson – aka H.E.R. – is about to release Back Of My Mind, her highly-anticipated new record. In our huge cover feature, Music Week speaks to the star and MBK Entertainment’s Jeff Robinson, plus RCA US’ John Fleckenstein, RCA UK’s David Dollimore, and Universal Music Publishing Group’s Walter Jones, to find out about the rise and rise of the US prodigy…
  • For The Music Week Interview we catch up YouTube’s global head of music – and one of the most famous music executives of all time – Lyor Cohen. In an in-depth interview, he tells Music Week about how the platform’s “twin-engine growth story” has contributed $4 billion to the business, hits back at its critics and details its bid to become music’s number one revenue generator...
  • Also inside, we mark a very, very, very big birthday as HMV – the last UK music chain standing – prepares to celebrate its centenary. Owner Doug Putman, MD Phil Halliday and marketing boss Patrizia Leighton reflect on how they’ve weathered a tumultuous decade that’s seen the company endure the onslaught of DSPs as well as two periods in administration and reveal their strategy to capitalise on vinyl’s revival and get set for the 100th birthday. Plus! A host of top names from across the industry share their favourite HMV memories...
  • Elsewhere, Chvrches gives us the inside story of their brilliant new album, Screen Violence. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, plus their team at Lunatic Entertainment, EMI’s Rebecca Allen and Glassnote’s Daniel Glass talk about how they’re ready to take things to the next level. On top of that, we find out about the triumphant new chapter of award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Mvula as she returns with her third album, Pink Noise – the first for her new label Atlantic. Music Week joins Mvula, Atlantic co-president Briony Turner and Transmission Management’s Matthew Rumbold to find out what happens next…
  • Plus! Julie Adenuga lays out her epic vision for the future, Paul Kempe, Nick Keynes, Michael Harwood, Charlie Arme and Neil Hughes talk about the 10th anniversary of Tileyard and we have an inspiring interview with Janine Irons and Gary Crosby about their work with Tomorrow’s Warriors. As ever, we also present you with the Top 75 Singles and Albums of the month, accompanied by revamped analysis pages, plus a host of new listings never previously featured in Music Week. You can find all of that and much, much more inside.
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