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Clara Amfo has been named as the new host of BBC Radio 1’s flagship new music show, Radio 1’s Future Sounds (Monday – Thursday, 6 – 8pm), with Rickie, Melvin and Charlie to take on Radio 1’s iconic Live Lounge show. 

Clara landed her first show on Radio 1 in 2015 as host of The Official Chart, and took on the Live Lounge slot shortly after. During her time at Radio 1, Clara has cemented her reputation as a key tastemaker in the music industry, playing host to some of the world’s biggest artists, from Jay-Z to Ariana Grande. Her breadth of expertise and unrivalled passion for music discovery make her the perfect fit for the station’s flagship new music show, Radio 1’s Future Sounds. She will be taking over from current host Annie Mac from September 2021. 

Clara Amfo says: “Presenting mid mornings and The Live Lounge on Radio 1 has been one of the most edifying and special times of my career and personal life. As a nation of music lovers, the experience of it live is nothing short of magical and to have had the honour of welcoming some of the world’s most beloved and emerging artists in to The Live Lounge has created unifying moments that I and the listeners will never forget! I am beyond honoured and ready to start this exciting new chapter on Radio 1. I’m such a fan of this show, the artists that is has championed and to be receiving the baton from Annie who I love and respect makes it extra special for me. Massive big up to every single one of my daytime producers and The Live Lounge/smug life listener crew, I have loved hearing your stories and enjoying keeping you company with tunes in daytime and look forward to continuing that in September, so see you a few hours later!” 

Rickie, Melvin and Charlie will become the new hosts of Radio 1’s Live Lounge (Monday – Thursdays, 10.30am – 1pm), bringing their trademark high-energy dynamic to daytimes after first joining the station in 2019 as hosts of a new late evening entertainment show. 

Rickie, Melvin and Charlie say: “To be given the opportunity to present the Live Lounge is just an absolute dream, a show we all adore and have so much love, passion and respect for. Celebrating great artists playing their new and live music on Radio 1 is a huge honour and we can't wait to put our RMC twist on it! Much love to Clara who has done an amazing job over the years and thank you for passing the baton - we promise not to break it!” 

Aled Haydn Jones (Head of BBC Radio 1) says: “Clara has long been one of the most influential voices in the music industry. She has an incredible affinity for discovering new music, which makes her perfect to be the face of it for the industry and for Radio 1. We know our listeners will love what she brings to the show. I’m delighted that we’ll have Rickie, Melvin and Charlie taking on the late morning slot: their energy, knowledge and passion is going to make for an exciting new sound for the Live Lounge.” 

Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders will move forward into a new, earlier slot (8-10pm, Monday – Wednesdays) as will Radio 1’s Indie Show on Thursdays. Meanwhile, Radio 1’s Powerdown Playlist (previously a weekly fixture in Radio 1’s Future Sounds) will become a standalone show for the first time, with Sian Eleri at the helm. Sian will present the Radio 1’s Powerdown Playlist (Monday – Wednesday, 10 – 11pm) in addition to her current role as host of Radio 1’s Chillest Show (Sundays, 7 – 9pm). 

Danny Howard, who joined Radio 1 after winning the station’s Superstar DJ talent competition back in 2011, will take over as host of Radio 1’s Dance Party (Fridays, 6 – 8pm). Jaguar will land her own show on Radio 1, taking on the 10 – 11pm slot on Thursdays with Radio 1 Dance Introducing while brand new presenter Sarah Story will join Radio 1 to take on the Friday 8  - 10pm slot with Radio 1 Future Dance. Sarah hosted her first show on the station on New Year’s Day 2021, covering Radio 1’s Dance Party as part of the station’s guest presenter takeover. 

Jack Saunders says: “I can't believe the journey keeps getting more exciting. I love being on Radio 1 that to be given an earlier slot is so sick. I live and breathe this show and the music around it so to be on at 8-10pm is only going to empower the music I play and the energy I give it. Thank you to Aled and Lorna for believing in me. I can't wait for September!"  

Sian Eleri says: “Doing the Chillest Show and getting to know the Radio 1 listeners every Sunday is such a privilege, so I'm thrilled to keep the chilled sounds coming Monday - Wednesday too. Bring on September - can't wait!" 

Danny Howard says: "I’m beyond excited to say these words...6pm, every Friday will be home of the hottest dance and electronic music on the planet, think superstar guests and festival sized bangers on the world's biggest dance-floor providing you with all the energy you will ever need to get your weekend started properly!

 "Thank you to everyone who’s listened to my radio shows so far, your support is amazing and I’m absolutely honoured to be taking the reins of this legendary slot. We’re gonna have some party, every single Friiiiiiiday!"

Jaguar says: “I love that over the past year BBC Introducing Dance has become a centrepiece for emerging dance talent to be discovered. I'm proud to give these artists a bigger platform to grow, and I can't wait to discover the next big dance acts of the future!”

Sarah Story says: “‘I'm so excited to join the Radio 1 family on Friday nights with a brand new show, Future Dance! Friday nights on Radio 1 are iconic and they have not only influenced me as a broadcaster but as a music lover. It's an honour to be able to showcase the incredible dance music talent that we have coming through and I cannot wait to get started!’

After an incredible 17 years at the station, broadcasting legend Annie Mac has decided to leave. Annie joined Radio 1 as an assistant producer before hosting her first show on the station in 2004. Annie has since fronted some iconic moments on Radio 1, from live sessions to landmark interviews with the biggest acts on the planet.

Annie Mac says: “After 17 wonderful years I have decided it’s time to leave Radio 1. This second home has been the thread that has run through nearly my whole adult life; I have grown up, fallen in and out of love, moved homes, climbed up the career ladder, got married and become a mother twice over. I have done this alongside you, my listeners, who have done your own versions of the same. I will be forever grateful to you all for welcoming me into your days. I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in and that is all down to you.  Working at Radio 1 has been like being at the best party ever and it is a wonderful feeling to be leaving with a huge smile on my face. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!”

Radio 1 will also be saying goodbye to Diplo, who currently occupies 11pm – 1am on Saturday nights with Diplo and Friends, delivering exclusive mixes featuring some of the hottest names in Dance. Radio 1’s Soundsystem will move to occupy the slot on Saturday evenings, 11pm – 1am, while Radio 1’s Residency will move to Thursdays 11 – 1pm.

Diplo says: “After nearly a decade of showcasing the world's best new music, I’ll be wrapping up Diplo and Friends on Radio 1 in September. Big thanks to everyone at the BBC - stay close for more projects during 2021 and into next year.”

Aled Haydn Jones (Head of BBC Radio 1) says: “Annie Mac is quite simply a legend, and has been a hugely important part of the station for the past 17 years. Diplo has brought some of the biggest names in dance to our listeners on Diplo and Friends, showcasing some now iconic mixes during the show’s run. I’d like to thank both Annie and Diplo for all they’ve done for the station, and I wish them all the very best for the future.”

14 May 2021 | Press release

Music Managers Forum launch a new updated MMF Guide To Mental Health 2021 at The Great Escape

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14 May 2021 | Press release

IMPEL and IMPF agree ground-breaking digital Charter of Co-operation

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Tuned Global Powers Up Fantasy Record Label App FanLabel

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Hipgnosis acquires Andy Wallace catalogue

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Denis Sulta to stream exclusive performance from Edinburgh Castle

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Music Publishers Association announces first six successful scholars for new diversity initiative, NXT-Gen Scholars, with ambassadors

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13 May 2021 | Press release

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13 May 2021 | Press release

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13 May 2021 | Press release

New London Nightclub to Launch in Shoreditch in June

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13 May 2021 | Press release

How AI Made It Possible For Independent Music Labels To Surpass Major Labels

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Reservoir signs Platinum-selling songwriter & artist Breland to a worldwide publishing deal

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Mega-producer Vinylz signs global publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Carl Cox has announced that he is partnering with BMG to release his forthcoming album.

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13 May 2021 | Press release

Sentric hires Bridget O’Gara Bloom, promotes Patrick Cloherty in key global sync roles

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12 May 2021 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard

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12 May 2021 | Press release

BBC Radio 1 launch outreach programme ahead of Big Weekend of Live Music 2021

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12 May 2021 | Press release

Glastonbury announce set times

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12 May 2021 | Press release

Swedish tech startup, Staccs, appoints former HBO executive as new CEO, Anders Tullgren

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12 May 2021 | Press release

Geoff Taylor/BPI comment on BRIT Awards with Mastercard 2021

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12 May 2021 | Press release

Sony Music Publishing Signs Ben Jackson-Cook to Global Deal

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12 May 2021 | Press release

Abbey Road Studios and Bowers & Wilkins extend partnership to transform in-car audio entertainment

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11 May 2021 | Press release

Brand new venue ‘Between the Bridges’ launching this May

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11 May 2021 | Press release

Wise Owl Films lands recommission of Sky Arts Music series, Guy Garvey: From The Vaults

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11 May 2021 | Press release

Plans unveiled for world’s first 5G powered, immersive hybrid festival experience

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11 May 2021 | Press release

First diversity and inclusion survey for the European independent music sector launched by IMPALA during European diversity month

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11 May 2021 | Press release

Celebrating British music at the 2021 BRIT Awards with some of our most-loved artist nominees

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11 May 2021 | Press release

Rag‘n’Bone Man & P!nk To Release Charity Single

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11 May 2021 | Press release

London Grammar Celebrate Number 1 Album with their biggest Fans via QJAM Meet & Greet Competition

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11 May 2021 | Press release

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11 May 2021 | Press release

Greening The BRITs

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14 May 2021

  • How Discord wants to conquer music (see Digital)

  • Government may assist live events that could not get insurance, but it could come too late (see News)

13 May 2021

  • Universal Music Group valued at €33bn, more than the market value of parent Vivendi (see Business)

12 May 2021

  • BRIT Awards: Well received show dominated by women (see News)

11 May 2021

  • The cost of Brexit hits touring and the service sector (see Features)

  • TikTok reports staggering figures for BRITs nominees (see Digital)

  • How should music streaming services evolve? (see Opinion)

10 May 2021

  • Musicians say streaming doesn’t pay. Can the industry change? (see Comment)

  • ECSA suggests ways to fix streaming for songwriters (see News)

  • Taylor Swift to be presented with BRITs Global Icon award (see News)

07 May 2021

  • Live Nation looks to 2021 and 2022 to recover (see Business)

  • Musicians criticise plan to cut university funding for creative subjects (see News)

06 May 2021

  • How should we celebrate fame in today’s music business? (see Comment)

  • Head of commissioning for music TV Jan Younghusband to leave the BBC (see Media)

05 May 2021

  • Warner Music posts strong quarterly results (see Business)

  • Scala Radio, Jazz FMPlanet Rock and Kerrang! Radio launch premium subscription online radio services (see Media)

04 May 2021

  • Pilot concert held successfully; results to be assessed (see News, Reviews)

  • How Spotify's head of innovation is helping stay one step ahead in the audio industry (see Features)

  • Why the ‘indie’ artists you love are not as DIY as you think (see Features)

30 Apr 2021

  • Report values Universal at $53bn; plus recorded-music business and streaming revenues to rise (see Analysis)