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The Art Of Starting Over: Demi Lovato

Tomorrow, the team at Polydor are releasing Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over, the deeply personal seventh album from global star Demi Lovato.

U2's magic moments on The Virtual Road

Kicking off suitably on St Patrick’s Day with the 2001 Live From Slane Castle show, the team at Island are screening a series of four archival U2 concerts on YouTube in a first of its kind global virtual tour, with each show available for 48 hours only.

Justin Bieber searches for Justice on new LP

The sixth studio album from global megastar Justin Bieber gets its UK release today from the team at EMI.

Blinding Lights: The biggest track of 2020

It’s official - the song that has soundtracked 2020 now has an award to prove it. The Weeknd’s single Blinding Lights has this week been awarded the IFPI Global Digital Single Award, which is presented to the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats.

0207 Def Jam release Coming 2 America albums

Alongside the global launch of the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming To America, the team at 0207 Def Jam have today released two albums: the film’s soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, a collection of original songs from African artists inspired by the film.

Digga D aims high with new mixtape

West London rapper Digga D has today released his anticipated mixtape Made In The Pyrex via Virgin Music.

slowthai addresses light and dark on TYRON

Tyron “slowthai” Frampton has today released his complex sophomore record TYRON via Method Records.

Island's Super Bowl Starboy: The Highlights

The team at Island have today released The Highlights, a specially curated compilation spanning The Weeknd’s decade-long career, in anticipation of his upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday.

A wave of sea shanties sail into the charts

In a brilliantly bizarre turn of events, social media feeds across the globe have been swamped by a wave of sea shanties. Polydor were quickest off the mark to sign Nathan Evans, a Scottish postman who has found himself going from delivering parcels to delivering a huge hit for the label after his rendition of 19th century whaler’s song Wellerman kickstarted the #ShantyTok phenomenon at the end of last year.

Decca podcast unwraps the magic of Einaudi

The team at Decca have been exploring the emotional impact of the music made by the internationally-renowned composer and pianist Einaudi with a new podcast series set for launch set for next week.


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