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It’s been two weeks since Island’s Sparks secured a Top 10 position with their 26th studio album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, marking their first release with Island in almost 50 years following their breakthrough 1974 album, Kimono My House.
Not only did Lewis Capaldi’s second album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, go straight to number one, but it is now officially 2023’s fastest-selling record. The album includes no fewer than three chart-topping singles, Forget Me, Pointless and Wish You The Best, with the latter becoming Lewis’s fifth consecutive number one UK.
On April 27, EMI’s N-Dubz released their highly anticipated new single, February, following an eclectic campaign that involved leaked footage and even spoof clips of the group getting arrested.
EMI’s Jessie Ware’s fifth album, That! Feels Good! is on course for a Top 3 finish later today following a campaign featuring significant platform support and lots of positive press coverage.
Interscope’s US trio boygenius, consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, secured their first UK number one on April 7, following the release by Polydor of their debut album, “the record”.
Following the release of his latest EP, Eat Your Young, Island’s Hozier has just become the first Irish artist to surpass 2bn streams with his global hit, Take Me To Church.
Island have today released U2’s new album, Songs Of Surrender, a collection of 40 songs from across the catalogue, re-recorded and re-imagined for 2023.
Capitol’s Mae Muller will be representing the UK at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, set to be held in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine, with her new single, I Wrote A Song.
EMI’s Niall Horan secured his highest chart entry in five years last Friday with the release of his new single Heaven, which is on course for another Top 20 finish later today.
Building on the triumph of their debut album, which propelled the Dublin four-piece to number one in both the UK and Ireland, and into various Top 10s across Europe, Polydor have this week released Inhaler’s highly anticipated second record, Cuts & Bruises.