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Past articles by Ben:

Kenny Allstar to host new Radio 1 Rap Show as 1Xtra's Friday night line-up shifts

Kenny Allstar is to replace Tiffany Calver as the host of the Rap Show, which is relaunching on Radio 1. Read on for full details, plus news of 1Xtra's Friday night schedule shift... → Read More

Earache celebrate 'new heights' as Those Damn Crows hit Top 3

Earache Records are celebrating their highest ever UK chart position after Those Damn Crows landed at No.3 with Inhale/Exhale. Here, label head Tim Bailey, along with manager Ryan Richard, toast their success... → Read More

Harry Styles wins IFPI Global Song of 2022 for As It Was

Harry Styles’ As It Was has been revealed as the winner of IFPI’s Global Single Award 2022. → Read More

Jamie Spinks upped to head of A&R at Columbia

Jamie Spinks has been promoted to head of A&R at Columbia Records, as president Dipesh Parmar begins to make his mark on the label. Here's the full story... → Read More

Minds On Fire joins up with BMG, launches first signing Human Family

Independent publisher Minds on Fire has signed a global admin deal and co-publishing deal with BMG. → Read More

Jez Ashurst signs with Budde Music and Karma Songs

Jez Ashurst has signed a new publishing deal with Budde Music and Karma Songs. → Read More

Dan Chalmers talks YouTube's mission to boost homegrown talent at the BRITs

YouTube's head of music, EMEA Dan Chalmers has stressed the crucial role The BRITs plays in giving domestic acts an international platform ahead of this year's show. As YouTube partner with the event for a 10th year running, Music Week sits down with Chalmers to get his take on why the ceremony still matters and the part YouTube plays in safeguarding the industry's best talents... → Read More

UMG and Tidal plot new streaming model to benefit artists and fans

Universal Music Group and Tidal have revealed plans to collaborate on a new model for streaming to benefit artists and fans. → Read More

EMI launches Leeds-based EMI North, helmed by Clive Cawley

EMI has announced the launch of EMI North, with Clive Cawley moving from his role of MD to become president of the new label. Here's the full story... → Read More

'We consider ourselves underdogs': Tru Tribe's Sandy Abuah on the rise of Knucks

Knucks went Top 3 with debut album Alpha Place last year. Here, co-manager Sandy Abuah recounts how Tru Tribe’s work with the UK rapper shows that success is about the long game… → Read More

Kamal, Shygirl, Alika & more for PPL Momentum Music Fund

Kamal, Shygirl, Alika and Bdrmm are among the acts to have been selected for the latest round of the PPL Momentum Music Fund. Get the full story here... → Read More

Stormzy joins BRITs line-up

Stormzy has joined the line-up for the BRITs. → Read More

Krept & Konan 'take ownership' with independent comeback & Abra Cadabra single

Krept & Konan have told Music Week that they are excited to have “100% control and ownership” of their music as they begin a new era as independent artists. → Read More

James Ainscough revealed as new CEO at The Royal Albert Hall

James Ainscough has been unveiled as the new CEO of The Royal Albert Hall. → Read More

FLO win BBC Radio 1 Sound Of 2023 poll

FLO have followed up their BRITs Rising Star Award with first place in the BBC Sound Poll. Get the full story, with quotes from the band and Jack Saunders, here... → Read More

Cat Burns, FLO and Nia Archives shortlisted for BRITs Rising Star

Cat Burns, FLO and Nia Archives are on the shortlist for the BRITs Rising Star Award 2023. → Read More

Team Polydor celebrate Clavish's first Top 10 and look ahead to 2023

Clavish's breakthrough could signal the arrival of a new force in UK rap, according to Polydor executives Jade Bradshaw and Piers Haynes. Following the rapper's Top 10 debut with Rocket Science, Music Week quizzes the pair on what's next... → Read More

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chris Blackwell & more pay tribute to John 'Knocker' Knowles

Senior industry figures including Sir Lucian Grainge and Chris Blackwell have paid tribute to John ‘Knocker’ Knowles, who has passed away aged 73. Read the full story and find funeral details here. → Read More

Stormzy announces Victoria Park show for 2023

Stormzy has announced a hometown outdoor show for August 2023. → Read More

'It's a time of change': Eliza Rose on life in the eye of 2022's dance storm

Eliza Rose has told Music Week that she is ready to take on the music industry off the back of the success of her debut single B.O.T.A (Baddest Of Them All). Here, in a previously unseen Q&A with the East London DJ, producer and singer, we discuss representation, underground music, club culture and more... → Read More