Sigrid on the cover of Music Week | Media
Sigrid graces the cover of the brand new edition of Music Week, as the Norwegian star launches the campaign for her second album How To Let Go.
In 2017, when Sigrid released her debut EP Don’t Kill My Vibe, she penned the first chapter of a jaw-dropping modern pop breakthrough, featured on our cover for the first time ahead of the release of her album Sucker. Punch.
Three years later, the 25-year-old returns to reveal all about her journey in the music industry so far, joined by Island Records, Made Management and UTA, who are preparing what promises to be the one of the most compelling campaigns of the year. Find out everything you need to know about How To Let Go, and how Sigrid used music to rediscover her identity, in our full cover story.
Last month, the music industry mourned the loss of SBTV founder and music industry pioneer Jamal Edwards. The entrepreneur and executive helped revolutionize music culture, opened up new promotional avenues for artists and was among the early supporters of a string of world-famous British acts. In a special file to pay tribute to his life and work, music week brings together a selection of those who worked with and alongside Edwards to hear their stories of the man who changed our industry forever.
In this month’s Music Week interview, Cassandra Gracey, Chair of Sony’s 4th Floor Creative Department and Music Week Women In Music Award winner, reflects on her incredible experience at the company. The leader has led the way throughout her career, and our in-depth profile takes into account her time in management as well as her groundbreaking work in her current role.
Also in a jam-packed features section, we sit down with UTA’s UK co-heads Neil Warnock and Obi Asika, along with co-head of music Samantha Kirby Yoh, to find out how the Music Week Award-winning agency is pushing for progress in 2022.
We go from a mythical live agency to a hip-hop legend, like music week comes face-to-face with genius producer Swizz Beatz to reflect on his incredible legacy and talk about new ventures.
We meet Maren Morris alongside Sony Music Nashville, Columbia UK and Red Light Management, as the leading country music crossover star prepares to usher in a new era with her third album, Humble Quest.
Elsewhere in the features, Marshall Records boss Steve Tannett talks about the groundbreaking steps the company is taking to help artists succeed, while Marshall’s star signings Nova Twins give us the inside scoop on their new record and unveil their DIY philosophy.
Plus, there’s a special report on accounting firm CC Young, as Colin Young talks about royalties.
Rock legend Bryan Adams takes part in this month’s Aftershow, looking back on his days in the business – from his days as an aspiring drummer to his epic first gig in India – to mark the release of his last album, So Happy It Hurts.
In the latest Mentor Me page – a collaboration between Music Week and Girls I Rate – songwriter, A&R executive and publishing entrepreneur Jin Jin shares her essential advice on becoming a music maker. Additionally, as part of the Key Releases section, Incoming features Bloc Party, with frontman Kele Okereke considering Alpha Games, the album he says marks the start of a new era for the band.
In this month’s big story, we speak to the BBC Radio 6 Music management team as the network celebrates its 20th anniversary. Station Manager Samantha Moy, Music Manager Jeff Smith and Music Teams Editor Lauren Brennan join industry executives to assess 6’s impact on new artists. Elsewhere, we look at the development of the Richard Antwi Fellowship and its contribution to industry diversity, with insights from tutors, students and executives including 0207 Def Jam’s Alec Boateng.
Our Spotlight Q&A features BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra DJ and former music week cover star Tiffany Calver, who just launched her No Requests label in partnership with Polydor. As well as outlining his take on the imprint, Calver delves into the burgeoning UK rap scene and offers key insights for artists.
On The Radar this month is Morgan Wade, the singer-songwriter from Virginia who is expected to be country music’s next big thing, while on Making Waves we get to know the singer-songwriter London-born Cat Burns whose ultra-personal songs are exploding on TikTok and beyond.
Our rising star is Luke James Pascoe, founder of new marketing agency Plug And Pattern. And for this month’s sync story, we’re going behind the scenes of EE’s latest campaign, which features music from Para One.
Shauni Caballero of The Go 2 Agency answers this month’s big question, which explores how the industry can educate artists when it comes to managing royalties and compensation.
This month’s Start Me Up features PlugForward, as CEO Tommy Williams and COO Chris Hunte discuss NFTs and e-commerce for artists. Our featured podcast is Lived Through That by photographer Mike Hipple, which explores the relationship between music and photography.
Sammy Andrews’ regular column Digital Discourse explores digital burnout and calls on the industry to do more to support both talent and executives as the prevalence of technology in business continues to rise.
And as always, the expanded Archive section takes us through the pages of Music Week of yesteryear.
There’s all that and our expanded Monthly Charts section where we feature the top 75 singles and albums from the previous month, complete with revamped analysis pages, plus a host of new charts. These include the Top 20 Specialized Genres for Americana, Classical, Hip-Hop & R&B, Jazz, Country, Dance, Folk, and Rock & Metal. The issue is also home to streaming, compilations, and vinyl.
The new issue of Music Week is available from March 18.
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