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Issue Date: 15 March 2021
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- Music Week is delighted to reveal Lana Del Rey as the cover star of our new monthly print edition. In our huge cover feature, we speak to the revered artist and songwriter as she prepares to release her brilliant, eagerly-anticipated new album Chemtrails Over The Country Club. In a wide-ranging conversation, Lana talks about the making of the record with Jack Antonoff, songwriting, how to deal with fame and much more. Plus: There’s campaign insight from Music Week Award-winning managers, Tap Music’s Ben Mawson and Ed Millett, as well as Polydor co-president Tom March and Sony Music Publishing president & co-MD David Ventura, and legendary songwriter Rick Nowels!
- With the Music Week Tech Summit fast approaching, we bring you a special preview of the event, which is happening virtually on March 31. Over 11 pages, we sit down with some of the stars including TikTok’s Paul Hourican, BBC Radio 1 presenter and podcast host Clara Amfo, YouTube Music’s Dan Chalmers, Ministry Of Sound’s Negla Abdela, Roblox’s Jon Vlassopulos, Britain’s Biggest TikToker Holly H, MOBO founder Kanya King and SongTrust UK’s Lara Baker.
- BBC Radio 6 Music’s Samantha Moy has been in the top job at the station since last year, and with the 6 Music Festival coming up, now is the perfect time for the star radio exec to lay out her grand plan in The Music Week Interview. With tributes from BBC pop controller Lorna Clarke and some of 6 Music’s biggest names, Moy shares everything you need to know about 6 Music’s new era.
- Rock revolutionaries Royal Blood are about to unleash their third album Typhoons, and we catch up with Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher to hear the stormy tale behind it. Elsewhere, we meet Empire founder and CEO Ghazi Shami to hear how his San Francisco-based label and distributor has powered hip-hop hits and led the way on industry transparency in the streaming era and hip-hop label Big Dada unveil their mission to bring through a new generation of talent and executives and eradicate racism and discrimination in the music business.
- Plus! In Hitmakers Tricky Stewart recalls how a bit of studio rewiring led to the creation of Rihanna’s all-conquering smash Umbrella while in Aftershow the one and only Tom Jones guides Music Week through his career, including some memories of chatting with Elvis. On top of that, we 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.