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Taylor’s return is already flying

25/08/2017

Having made the mainstream news bulletins last week after disappearing from social media, Taylor Swift has put herself firmly back in the headlines and on the web with the release of the first new single from her long-awaited and highly anticipated sixth studio album, reputation.

Polydor's Instruction drives Jax success

11/08/2017

Jax Jones is riding high following the worldwide success of his smash single You Don't Know Me. He looks set to continue his winning streak, joining up with pop superstar Demi Lovato and the UK's fiercest MC Stefflon Don for his latest single Instruction.

Emerging artists embrace new Abbey Road studios

07/08/2016

It’s been five months since Abbey Road opened the doors to its new studios: the Gatehouse and the Front Room – both built with the intention of making the magic of Abbey Road more accessible to emerging artists.

Mi Gente, the next Latin hit heading our way

03/08/2017

With Mi Gente climbing to the top of Spotify’s Global 50, the UK could see another Latin number one before summer’s out.

Tribal return for Chase & Status

27/07/2017

Chase & Status will be back with their fourth studio album, Tribe, on August 18. The duo are continuing to push genre boundaries on the highly-anticipated release, drawing on the talents of Shy FX and Kiko Bun as well as label mates Emeli Sandé and Blossoms.

Despacito’ sets record for most streamed song of all time

19/07/2017

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s Despacito has officially become the most streamed track of all time, just six months after its release.

Decca signing wake up Hoxton

05/07/2017

Decca have welcomed Rhys Lewis and The Wandering Hearts to the Decca family in style, with the label hosting an intimate showcase event last night at east London’s Hoxton Hall.

Bee Gees ease post-Glasto fever

30/06/2017

The Glastonbury come-down has been a tough one this year, with so many highlights from a wellies-free Worthy Farm.

Artists for Grenfell

21/06/2017

Artists For Grenfell, a collective of over 50 acts from across the British music industry, have come together to re-record and release Bridge Over Troubled Water, with all proceeds going to support the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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