National Album Day
National Album Day

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.”

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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.

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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.

For more details click here.

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

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