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Polydor release Pop Smoke's Faith

Polydor are today releasing FAITH, the second posthumous album from late NY rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson.

Dave and Stormzy team up on Clash

Dave and 0207 Def Jam’s signing Stormzy have teamed up on Clash, a highly anticipated collaboration between two of the biggest stars in the UK rap game.

Greatest Hits: celebrating 50 years of Queen

As the UK’s biggest-selling album with 6.75m sales and the third-longest chart run, Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits collection is today getting a limited edition re-release via EMI.

Jack Savoretti channels escapism with Europiana

Since signing with EMI in early 2020, Jack Savoretti has been busy recording his genre-spanning new album at Abbey Road in between lockdowns.

Diana Ross shares the love with Thank You

The legendary Diana Ross has a new label home at Decca who have announced the release of Thank You, her first album of original material in 22 years.

Music from the screen: Einaudi's Cinema

Decca’s Ludovico Einaudi, the most streamed classical artist of all time and one of the most ubiquitous contemporary composers of the century, has today released Cinema, a new collection of his greatest compositions from film and television.

Virgin unleash Bugzy's The Resurrection

The team at Virgin are today releasing Mancunian rapper Bugzy’s highly anticipated fifth album.

Celebrating Marvin's What's Going On at 50

As part of the wider celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album What’s Going On, UMC and Island in collaboration with UK visual artist Dreph are today unveiling a giant public mural paying homage to the seminal LP.

The White Label Auction raises £34k for The BRIT Trust

The White Label Auction, the brainchild of UMC’s A&R director Johnny Chandler, last week raised a net total of £33,920.40 for The BRIT Trust.

Mercury Studios dive into Classic Albums

Mercury Studios have added three new episodes to their staple Classic Albums series, which explores much-loved LPs like never before.

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