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FRONT SECTION 06 THE BIG STORY ICM Partners’ head of international Matt Bates looks at live music’s return 08 BREAKING ARTISTS Polydor, PIAS and the BPI crunch the numbers on Q1’s breakthroughs

09 FOR THE RECORD/ TAKE A BOW 11 SPOTLIGHT Disturbing London CEO Dumi Oburota talks Tinie, TikTok, Yxng Bane and backing the Power Up initiative


13 DIGITAL DISCOURSE Deviate Digital CEO Sammy Andrews looks at – what else!? – the rise and rise of NFTs

14 TWEETS OF THE MONTH 15 RISING STAR/THE BIG QUESTION Meet All Ears’ Alfred Afari, plus ERA CEO Kim Bayley on what the return of retail could mean for the industry

16 ON THE RADAR Going deep with Ministry Of Sound’s viral pop prospect Dodie

18 PLAYLIST/ TASTEMAKERS 19 MAKING WAVES/ SYNC STORY 20 KEY RELEASES A look at all of the massive albums coming your way very soon

21 INCOMING/ CAMPAIGN TRAIL Gary Numan talks chart-busting longevity, plus manager Claire Moon plots Paul Weller’s comeback


FEATURES 24 ST. VINCENT The wait is over! Annie Clark reveals all about her stunning new album Daddy’s Home, with help from Jack Antonoff, John Silva, and many more... 32 ANDY VARLEY Insanity Group’s CEO opens up about the next phase for his company


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