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Issue Date: 16 August 2021

  • Music Week is delighted to reveal Little Simz as the cover star of our new monthly print edition. In 2019, the star won an Ivor Novello and a Mercury Prize nod for her third album Grey Area. To top it, she’s reached further into her soul than ever before for Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, her strongest statement yet. Music Week meets the artist, plus manager Robert Swerdlow, AWAL president Paul Hitchman and his team and UMPG head of film & TV Tom Foster, to find out how an independent rapper from North London came to stand on the brink of a global breakthrough...  
  • For The Music Week Interview, we catch up with the one and only Merck Mercuriadis. As Hipgnosis amasses catalogue after catalogue, ruffling feathers across the industry in the process, its founder continues to spread the message that he is offering songwriters a new alternative...
  • Also inside, we take a lot the Music Managers Forum and its Accelerator fund. Annabella Coldrick, Paul Craig, Kwame Kwaten and Paul Bonham open up on the issues that define music management in 2021 and look ahead to the future. Plus! Music Week meets five previous MMF Accelerator graduates...
  • Elsewhere, we speak to Becky Hill, who's racked up 13 Top 40 singles all before the release of her debut album. And we look at the spectacular career of EGA Music Group president Colin Batsa, the rap and hip-hop expert who’s a crucial cog in the A&R machine at Universal Music UK. 
  • Plus! Defected Records' Simon Dunmore, Wez Saunders, James Kirkham and Adrienne Bookbinder talk house music, live events and navigating the pandemic. Also inside, for this month's Big Story industry figures discuss the lessons for artist campaigns from the increasing longevity for hit LPs, following new Music Week analysis of OCC data.
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