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Island team navigate The Streets' return

With a ground-breaking series of drive-in shows still to come, ambitions are high for today’s release of The Street’s first album in nearly a decade following Island’s signing of Mike Skinner in February this year.

DaBaby secures a sixth week at No1

After helping to steer Interscope’s DaBaby to his first UK Top 10 album at the beginning of May, the team at Polydor have kept their foot on the gas to guide the US rap sensation to his sixth week at number one with his certified gold single ROCKSTAR.

Decca say farewell to Dame Vera Lynn

Decca Records are deeply saddened at the passing of the brightest and most enduring star on the label, at the age of 103.

Decca re:imagine Blue Note classics

The legendary Blue Note label is set to find a new generation of fans thanks to Blue Note Re:imagined, a collection of classic Blue Note tracks brought together for the first time, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the jazz scene's most exciting young talents today.

Little Monsters flock to Gaga’s Chromatica

Polydor have left no stone unturned for today’s release of Chromatica, Lady Gaga’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album. The release comes as the global star secures her sixth UK number one single with her Ariana Grande collaboration, Rain On Me, which has also clocked up this year’s highest number of day one global streams.

More milestones for Lewis Capaldi

Virgin EMI have helped steer Lewis Capaldi to another chart milestone after his single Someone You Loved secured 31 weeks in Top 10, the first for a song by a British artist.

Drake surprises fans with mixtape project

Drake has sent his fans into an online frenzy today with the surprise release of his new project, Dark Lane Demo Tapes.

Singles triumph for Captain Tom

In one of the most heart-warming chart races in modern times, Decca’s Michael Ball and Captain Tom Moore have secured the top spot in the Official Charts with their charity single You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Bocelli's Duomo show breaks global records

On Easter Sunday, Decca’s Andrea Bocelli broke multiple records with an emotionally-charged solo performance, streamed exclusively live via YouTube from the Duomo in Milan.

Island rally behind Marcus charity cover

The team at Island have been busy behind the scenes supporting Marcus Mumford’s early release of his stripped down cover of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s You’ll Never Walk Alone in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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