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Digga D aims high with new mixtape

West London rapper Digga D has today released his anticipated mixtape Made In The Pyrex via Virgin Music.

slowthai addresses light and dark on TYRON

Tyron “slowthai” Frampton has today released his complex sophomore record TYRON via Method Records.

Island's Super Bowl Starboy: The Highlights

The team at Island have today released The Highlights, a specially curated compilation spanning The Weeknd’s decade-long career, in anticipation of his upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday.

A wave of sea shanties sail into the charts

In a brilliantly bizarre turn of events, social media feeds across the globe have been swamped by a wave of sea shanties. Polydor were quickest off the mark to sign Nathan Evans, a Scottish postman who has found himself going from delivering parcels to delivering a huge hit for the label after his rendition of 19th century whaler’s song Wellerman kickstarted the #ShantyTok phenomenon at the end of last year.

Decca podcast unwraps the magic of Einaudi

The team at Decca have been exploring the emotional impact of the music made by the internationally-renowned composer and pianist Einaudi with a new podcast series set for launch set for next week.

Another divine year for EMI's global Scotsman

Released back in May 2019, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent has had quite a ride from the get-go. Amidst a host of obvious challenges, Lewis managed to carry his superb 2019 into 2020, with the most-streamed UMG album for a UK artist globally last year.

Made in ‘Rockdown’: EMI release McCartney III

2020 marks 50 years since Paul McCartney released his self-titled first solo album, and what better way to celebrate by releasing the third album in a trilogy of classics.

Decca look to Tomorrow with Marisha Wallace

Today, Decca are releasing the debut album from one of their recent signings, the force of nature that is Marisha Wallace.

Polydor release Gary's euphoric solo album

Polydor are delivering some feelgood musical escapism with Gary Barlow’s first solo album since 2013’s double platinum Since I Saw You Last

EMI release Neil's classic diamonds

A global singalong of Neil Diamond’s much-loved Sweet Caroline has been launched to accompany today’s release of EMI’s new album from the Grammy Award winning artist: Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds.


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