National Album Day celebrates women in music
By Classic Pop | August 19, 2021
National Album Day returns for its fourth edition on Saturday 16 October, and this year will spotlight women artists and their huge contribution to music and culture through the art of the album.
Revisiting iconic and influential albums by women artists, from the earliest pioneers to present-day legends, and pointing towards exciting new and future talent, the 2021 event will also highlight the integral role women play within the wider music community, not only as recording artists, but as songwriters, producers, and cultural influencers.
This year’s ambassadors include Texas’ Sharleen Spiteri, 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlisted Laura Mvula, R’n’B/soul queen Ray BLK and BRITs 2020 Rising Star nominated Joy Crookes,.
“With albums, you go on a journey with the writer,” says Spiteri. “The moment when the songs become yours, the people and places, the heartaches and nights out in your life, merge into that album and forever stick with you. The album is one of the most important art forms that exist in our times, that is why we need to protect and celebrate it.”
Laura Mvula adds: “The feeling of physically holding an album and listening to an artist paint a full technicolour picture through music and lyrics is magic and unlike anything else. I can credit so many amazing women whose albums have been integral in my life, not just as an artist but as a human being.”
“My favourite albums have been the soundtrack to moments in my life,” says Ray BLK. “They’ve made me think, healed me and inspired me as a writer. Hearing a body of work from an artist is an opportunity to see inside their mind and their life, And so to be releasing my own album and sharing my innermost thoughts with my supporters means everything.
“In an era of viral singles, of which we rarely know the creators, protecting and supporting albums is so necessary because it’s how we truly connect to an artist and emotionally invest in them, and without that attachment there’s no incentive to buy a ticket to their shows or follow their journey – which ultimately leads to the demise of artists, and a soulless industry.”
You can join in the National Album Day fun by heading to your favourite store or digital service to explore a selection of new albums, boxsets and classic reissues including: Stevie Nicks, Donna Summer, HAIM, Eva Cassidy, Dido, Garbage, Nina Simone, Roisin Murphy, Patti Smith, Solange, Lykkie Li, Amy Winehouse and more.
A selection of albums announced so far that are being re-issued or released in various formats exclusively for National Album Day is below, with more confirmed titles to come.
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Artist Title Label Format Amy Winehouse Back To Black Universal Music LP Belinda Carlisle Nobody Owns Me Demon Records LP (180g White Vinyl) Billie Holiday Lady In Satin Sony Music LP (12″ Navy Blue Vinyl) Buffy Sainte-Marie Medicine Songs True North LP Carroll Thompson Hopelessly In Love (2021 Remaster) (Limited Edition) BMG LP (Colour Vinyl) Carroll Thompson Hopelessly In Love (2021 Remaster) (Expanded Edition) BMG CD Debbie Gibson Out Of The Blue Cherry Pop CD Dido No Angel Sony Music LP (12″ Silver Vinyl) Donna Summer I’m A Rainbow – Recovered & Recoloured Driven By The Music LP (180g Transparent Blue Vinyl) Eartha Kitt I’m Still Here SFE Entertainment CD Elena Urioste; Tom Poster The Jukebox Album Orchid Classics LP Eurielle Lady In Waiting Eurielle Records Limited CD Eva Cassidy Live At Blues Alley (25th Anniversary Edition) Blix Street CD Eva Cassidy Live At Blues Alley (25th Anniversary Edition) Blix Street LP Fanny Azzuro Rachmaninov Preludes Rubicon Classics CD First Aid Kit Stay Gold Sony Music LP (12″ Gold Vinyl) Gabrielle Rise Universal Music LP Garbage Garbage (Limited Edition) BMG 2LP (Pink Vinyl) Haim Something To Tell You Universal Music 2LP Joan Jett Bad Reputation Sony Music LP (12″ Purple Vinyl) Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke, Julia Fordham Woman To Woman (Special Edition) Right Track Records CD Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke, Julia Fordham Woman To Woman (Special Edition) Right Track Records LP (Picture Disc) Katie Melua Ultimate Collection (Limited Edition) BMG 2LP (Silver Vinyl) Kirsty MacColl Kite Demon Records LP (180g Magnolia Vinyl) Kirsty MacColl Tropical Brainstorm Universal Music LP Kylie Minogue Fever (20th Anniversary Edition) Parlophone LP (White Vinyl) Lea Birringer Transformation Rubicon Classics CD Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes (Anniversary Edition) Rhino 2LP (180g) Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny Let’s Get Happy Together Stony Plain LP Mariah Carey Emotions Sony Music LP (12″ Baby Pink Vinyl) Marianne Faithfull Broken English Universal Music LP Marin Alsop Bernstein: Candide LSO Live CD Mayfield Records House Band Mayfield Soul Mayfield Records LP Ms Dyamite A Little Deeper Universal Music 2LP Nina Simone Nina Simone: The Montreux Years (Limited Edition) BMG 2LP (Turquoise, Yellow & White Splatter Vinyl) Omara Portuondo Buena Vista Social Club Presents (Limited Edition) BMG LP (Purple Vinyl) Patti Smith Horses Sony Music LP (12″ White Vinyl) Roisin Murphy Róisín Machine (Limited Edition) Skint 2LP (Splatter Viny) Sinead O’Connor So Far…The Best Of Chrysalis 2LP (Clear Vinyl) Siouxsie & the Banshees Tinderbox Universal Music LP Solange A Seat At The Table Sony Music 2LP (12″ White Vinyl) Stevie Nicks Live In Concert The 24 Karat Gold Tour (Limited Edition) BMG 2LP (Blue & White Splatter Vinyl) Various Artists Different Frequencies Different Recordings LP (12″ Vinyl) Weyes Blood Titanic Rising Sub Pop LP Xenia Rubinos Una Rosa ANTI LP