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Capitol set the stage for Sam's Love Goes

The team at Capitol have pulled out all the stops, from a world-exclusive livestream to a world-first AR partnership with Spotify, in the run up to today’s release of Sam Smith’s third studio album, Love Goes.

Ball and Boe relight the Christmas fire

The UK’s favourite festive duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are joining forces once more for a dazzling new Decca album Together At Christmas.

Island prepare for a Cullum Christmas

Fresh from winning his first Ivor Novello at this year’s virtual ceremony, Jamie Cullum is throwing himself into the decades-old challenge of creating a timeless festive record.

D Block Europe drop long-awaited debut LP

Today the trap duo release The Blueprint – Us vs Them, technically labelled as their debut album, although it’s their fourth full-length release in just 12 months. The album comprises a grand total of 29 tracks, and is heralded as their best work to date.

The wait is over for BLACKPINK fans

BLINKs assemble: Polydor are releasing one of the year’s most anticipated pop albums today. THE ALBUM is the K-Pop quartet’s debut LP, featuring hit singles Ice Cream and How You Like That.

Mercury Prize delight for Michael Kiwanuka

It was announced last night that Polydor’s Michael Kiwanuka has won the Mercury Prize for his timeless third studio album KIWANUKA, a soulful psych-folk exploration of self-doubt, faith and the politics of prejudice.

Polydor's Blanco set for the big time

As total streams eclipse 10m, Polydor’s Blanco is in prime position to make the crossover from underground trailblazer to mainstream drill hero.

The Rolling Stones store is ready to rock'n'roll

The doors are now wide open for the Rolling Stones’ world-exclusive flagship store at No9 Carnaby Street, a project in partnership with Bravado, as the band’s latest album Goats Head Soup heads towards the number one spot today.

Jamie honoured at virtual Ivors

Jamie Cullum’s track The Age Of Anxiety has earned the triple platinum-selling musician his ever first Ivor Novello award.

EMI bring the joy with Katy's Smile

The team at EMI have been ready and waiting for Katy Perry’s new album Smile, and release day is finally here. It’s been a week of announcements for the global superstar, Teenage Dream - her first LP to score a UK number one - celebrates its tenth anniversary, and Katy welcomes her first child Daisy into the world.

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