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Polydor deliver on Jamie T’s theory

Singer-songwriter Jamie T’s first album with Polydor, The Theory of Whatever, is heading to number one later today which will secure the artist his first chart-topping record.

Top 5 chart return for Chase & Status

The eagerly anticipated new album from Chase & Status has been a long time in the making but following EMI’s wide-ranging and fan-first campaign, What Came Before is on course for a Top 5 finish later today.

Kendrick Lamar's explosive return

Rap superstar Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, his first record since 2017’s DAMN, has gone down a storm with UK fans after its release by Polydor on May 13.

Florence delights with Dance Fever

The wait for Florence + The Machine fans is finally over with the release of Dance Fever, Florence’s fifth album, out today via Polydor.

Digga D mixtape storms to No1

‘No stone left unturned’ has been the motto throughout and Virgin Music/EGA have truly delivered for West London rapper Digga D who secured his first number one mixtape on Friday with Noughty By Nature.

Mercury Studios reveal landmark Stones series

Mercury Studios have announced a word-exclusive four-part series of films, My Life As A Rolling Stone, which will premiere on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this summer as part of the broadcaster’s celebrations for 60 years of The Rolling Stones.

Glass Animals smash Billboard record

Polydor’s Glass Animals are making waves once again after their hit single Heat Waves rode a record-breaking 59-week climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, a position they have now held for three consecutive weeks.

Brilliant start for Dave's Starlight

With his first new music since the critically-acclaimed and BRIT-nominated album We Are All In This Together, Dave is back with a bang and on course for his second number one single later today with Starlight.

Downton duo sign to Decca

Decca have this week announced the signing of Downton Abbey actors Michael Fox and Michelle Dockery who released their debut single, Calming Down, on Wednesday.

Hardcore return for Frank Turner

Polydor’s singer-songwriter Frank Turner has today released his highly anticipated album FTHC, which stands for Frank Turner Hardcore, the follow up to No Man’s Land which landed a Top 3 chart spot in 2019.

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