Digga D is music weekfrom the cover of our May issue, as the superstar rapper and his team share their groundbreaking story in the music industry.
Granting a rare interview to celebrate the release this month of this third mixtape, Noughty By Nature, Digga D (real name Rhys Herbert) tells the story of the new disc and opens up on the exercise, his journey, his marketing genius and more. This is the story of an artist’s dream coming up against circumstances, controversy and the law.
The rapper is joined by EGA Music President Colin Batsa, Groundworks co-founders Bills GW and Jeffrey Owusu-Dankwa, Kwabz Oduro Ayim of Mixtape Madness and attorney Cecilia Goodwin. Together, they talk about how they managed to help Digga establish a platform and grow its ever-growing international fanbase. Our cover story takes an in-depth look at the West London artist’s story so far, revealing how the growth of a genre and its main light turned into something much bigger than music .
The subject of this month’s Music Week interview is Downtown Music Services Global President Mike Smith, who, after making a name for himself in A&R through records and publishing, is developing the last chapter of a brilliant career. We hear about Smith’s goal to connect continents through music and find out how he plans to make Downtown the #1 destination for artists and songwriters.
As her Homecoming festival returns, we catch up with Grace Ladoja in Lagos as the superstar manager and former Music Week Women In Music Rising Star unveils her aim to be a bridge between Nigeria and the UK. The Metallic founder talks the next step in her business empire, anticipates Skepta’s comeback, and delivers her verdict on the state of the music industry in an unmissable interview.
Also in the features section, we meet Foalsnext to Joe Kentish and Jennifer Ivory of Warner Records UK, Q Prime’s Pierre MenschCAAs emma banks and transgressive Toby L to lift the veil on the Life Is Yours campaign. We hear how, fueled by the dancefloor, their seventh album is poised to underscore Foals’ reputation as one of the most innovative rock bands around.
Somewhere else, we feature Sameul Ademosu, founder of management, record and publishing company The Flight Club. In his first big business interview, Ademosu talks AfrobeatUK Black music and his plan to make his company a global powerhouse in the music industry.
This month’s features section is complemented by a special report on neighboring rights, as some of the biggest names in the industry reflect on the issues that will dominate the agenda in 2022.
Also inside a packed number, William Orbit reflects on a life in music in The Aftershow, talking about production, pop and working with Madonna.
In the latest Hitmakers, Nick Gale (aka Digital Farm Animals) looks back on making garage-flavored hit Don’t Play with Anne-Marie and KSI, while the all-new Mentor Me page – a collaboration between Music Week and Girls I Rate – features career advice from music video director Gabriella Kingsley.
In this month’s big story, we talk to Warner Music UK’s Senior Vice President of International Marketing, Victor Aroldoss, and his team, including Greg Ojo and Liberty Wilson, about the major’s export success. featuring superstars Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Coldplay, as well as British breakthrough artists PinkPantheress, Joel Corry, Griff, Tion Wayne, Pa Salieu and more.
Our featured Q&A features Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer of Warner Music and Executive Vice President of Business Development, discussing the major’s big moves in NFTs, games and the metaverse.
Elsewhere in the news, we trace the rapid rise of Swiss fintech company Utopia Music with Chief Executive Roberto Neri, who talks about acquisitions, big data and opportunities to increase music royalties for artists and licensees. of rights.
On the radar this month is Debbie, the new star of 0207 Def Jam. In our interview, the South Londoner talks about love songs, deep thoughts and her wish to make music that lasts forever.
In Making Waves, we meet Decca’s new signing and TikTok star Ellie Dixon, while Sync Story features Burna Boy’s place in Netflix’s critically acclaimed new Top Boy series.
This month’s rising star is Atlantic Records A&R manager Cannelle Bencherqi, and the answer to the big question is Musicians Union General Secretary Naomi Pohl, who explores how the music industry can protect safe spaces.
Also in Frontline, Start Me Up features blockchain music portal Family In Music, while the latest edition of In Pod We Trust features Secretly Group’s new podcast, Secretly Society.
Sammy Andrews’ regular Digital Discourse column explores the complex issue of the rise of content in the music industry, while in his latest Center Stage dispatch, Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd examines the topic of reconnecting to live music after the pandemic.
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 showcase 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.
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