National Album Day will return on Saturday 15th October and this year will take as its theme Debut Albums, following themes set in previous years including Women in Music and the 80s.

Now in its 5th year, National Album Day aims to shine a light on the art form of the album, celebrating the creativity and artistry that goes into making an album. The Debut Albums theme will look to showcase a broad range of first album releases across multiple genres and decades – from debut recordings that have gone on to become classics to those that are perhaps only now being fully appreciated or which, years later, merit reappraisal.

National Album Day is presented in association with official audio partner Bowers & Wilkins and official broadcast partner BBC Sounds, and will celebrate the artists behind these significant and influential bodies of work. Artist ambassadors, product and releases, events and other activities will be announced in due course alongside further updates.

Since its launch in 2018, National Album Day has been supported by a diverse range of artists and musicians including Kylie Minogue, Joy Crookes, Sharleen Spiteri, Ray BLK, Lewis Capaldi, Mark Ronson, La Roux, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Blossoms, Alice Cooper, Novelist, Tom Odell, Mahalia, Toyah Willcox and Jazzie B among others.

Typically benefitting from a week-long build up, NAD has hosted a variety of activities including events with album platform Classic Album Sundays, The Record Club, Tape Notes and Tim’s Twitter Listening Party as well as in-store artist appearances, record store promotions, and two Network Rail exhibitions in major cities across the UK.

National Album Day is organised jointly by the BPI – the association of UK independent and major labels (BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize) – and ERA, the digital entertainment and retail association (Record Store Day).  The event is supported across broadcast partner the BBC with highlights available to listen to on BBC Sounds, along with the UK’s recorded music community including AIM, PPL and other trade associations, independent and specialist retailers and online and digital/streaming services.

Keep track of the National Album Day website for more news and how to get involved over the coming months.

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