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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/16a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/16a)
DRAKE IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY
And not just in Canadian dollars. (9/16a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
Blighty Beat
#LOVERECORDSTORES RETURNS
8/4/21

The U.K.’s #loverecordstores campaign is returning for a second year on 9/4. Supported by the Association of Independent Music, the day intends to raise awareness of the challenges faced by record stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 220 independent stores will participate in Love Record Stores 2021 across the U.K., including HMV. Fifty-four new vinyl editions will be available on the day, some of which will only be available to pre-order due to the demand for vinyl now outstripping the capacity of global pressing plants.

Artists set to release exclusives for the campaign include Arlo Parks, Mogwai, Sharon Van Etten, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Soundgarden, Hinds, Sonic Youth, Soulwax and Shame.

Although record stores around the country continue to face a number of challenges, the music retail sector has nevertheless been on a steady upward trajectory in recent months thanks to the continued rise in popularity of vinyl. Last year’s inaugural event delivered more than £1m in revenues.