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From the moment Polydor released Raye’s debut single I, U, Us, in August shortly followed by her clothing range, her name has been on the tip of many industry tongues. Starting the year with third place in the BBC’s Sound of 2017, Polydor are cementing her as one of the key new talents to watch in 2017.
Rick Parfitt 1948 - 2016
George Michael 1963-2016
As well as securing their 12th number one album, their first original studio album to reach number one for 22 years and the second biggest week one sales of the year in the UK, The Rolling Stones are celebrating a slew of number ones around the globe with Blue & Lonesome.
After releasing one of the most anticipated albums of the year in Starboy, the team at Island continue to celebrate this week as The Weeknd is now the most streamed artist in the world, with 36.6m monthly listeners which has knocked Drake off the top spot.
The donations have been counted and Universal Music’s London to Paris cyclists are proud to announce they have raised over £61,000 for French aid charity FENVAC and Nordoff Robbins, the UK staff’s charity of the year.
After Metallica’s triumphant show at the House of Vans last week, the Globe team are continuing the promotional drive for ‘Hardwired to Self Destruct’ with a hugely successful live-stream broadcast of the the night in its entirety. In all, 40,000 people applied for the chance to win tickets to the 800 capacity venue, but Globe were able to ensure that the gig was available to experience on-demand globally.
Eight years of waiting is over for Metallica fans, as the band have released their 10th studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, the follow-up to their 2008 Grammy-winning platinum album Death Magnetic.
After a four-year break from the spotlight, Virgin EMI’s phenomenally successful singer songwriter Emeli Sandé is back with her second album Long Live the Angels, the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2012 debut Our Version Of Events. Long Live The Angels serves as a mesmerising journey through the triumphs and tragedies of the last four years of Sandé’s life.
It was a huge evening for Universal Music acts at the 2016 Q Awards, with nine of our artists collecting ten of the fourteen awards on offer. Biggest surprise of the evening came for Polydor and Dirty Hit’s The 1975, who collected the Best Album award, beating David Bowie.