National Album Day will celebrate debut albums this year

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By Chris Cooke | Posted on Friday, April 1, 2022

Get your diaries in sync everyone, this is no April Fool’s joke, National Album Day in the UK really does return on Saturday 15th October with ‘early albums’ as the procedural theme. This is the fifth year that recording industry trade group BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association have held the annual event to celebrate the album format, with support from sponsor Bowers & Wilkins and media partner BBC Sounds.

BPI boss Geoff Taylor and ERA chief Kim Bayley said in a joint statement: “Artists love to tell their stories through the album art form and fans love to listen, but in a world where there is more streaming of individual songs, we take the appeal of the album format for granted. National Album Day is about celebrating the continued vitality and cultural relevance of the long drive, especially with the next generation of fans, and we invite everyone who loves the format to join in and enjoy National Album Day. this year’s album.

Meanwhile, focusing on this year’s specific theme, Giles Pocock, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Bowers & Wilkins, adds: “The first album is a milestone for any artist and remains such a pure form of storytelling. . Everything from the order of tracks and artwork to arrangements and choosing a recording studio can seem like a big decision. We’re thrilled to continue our support of National Album Day, helping to celebrate these really great debut albums that set their own rules and brought something truly unique to the world.”

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