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SONY ACQUIRES MUBADALA'S SHARE IN EMI PUBLISHING
So, yeah, that's big. (5/23a)
I.B. BAD: PERFECT STORMS
Spotify, Vivendi, Childish, more. (5/23a)
DOWN THE TUBE: LYOR'S PRESS TOUR
He's the Wile E. Coyote of the music biz. (5/23a)
YOUR TOP 20: MIDWEEK SHOWDOWN (UPDATE)
Looks we have a horse race. (5/23a)
IRVING ISN'T BUYING
LYOR'S HYPE
One succinct, well-aimed tweet (5/23a)
THE NEW LEADERS
We chat with the top label execs about changing times.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS SPECIAL
They're young, they're happening and we've got 'em.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
Blighty Beat
TOP TIPS FROM GREAT ESCAPE
5/21/18

Last week, the British music industry decamped to the coast for annual new music festival The Great Escape in Brighton. In between free networking drinks and chips on the beach, they even found time to check out a few acts. We’ve profiled 10 of the most buzzed acts, among them Octavian, Pale Waves and Ten Tonnes.

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PARLOPHONE PARTNERS WITH DISTURBING LONDON
5/17/18

Tinie Tempah’s Disturbing London has signed an exclusive partnership with WMUK imprint Parlophone Records. Parlophone will help widen the reach and grow Disturbing London, as well as find and break new talent and offer more global opportunities to its existing artists.

The imprint has new music on the way from rappers Yxng Bane, A2 and Tempah, who co-founded Disturbing London in 2006 with manager Dumi Oburota. Under the new deal, the label will continue to operate as a 360-degree entertainment company with brand partnerships, fashion and events.

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U.K. CHARTS: GAMBINO HITS A HIGH
5/11/18

Despite a low start of #57 on Monday, Childish Gambino has rocketed up the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart to surpass Jess Glynne and claim this week’s highest new entry at #14 with “This Is America” (Columbia)—his highest peak in Blighty as a lead artist to date.

Gambino reached #51 with “Redbone” in 2016, and in 2012 guested on Leona Lewis single “Trouble” (Syco), which reached #7.

Elsewhere on singles, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa have earned a fourth week at #1 with “One Kiss” (Columbia/Warner Bros.), and Drake has risen one place to #2 with “Nice for What” (Island). Ariana Grande is down to #3 with “No Tears Left to Cry” (Island). 

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SOLO MEN RULE U.K. MUSIC. WHY?
5/10/18

 

This revealing graph show how music trends have shifted in the U.K. since 2000, with the appetite for male solo artists rocketing at the expense of groups, as seen in a story published by The TimesAdele aside, female soloists haven’t fared so well either.

Last year, male solo artists like Ed SheeranRag’n’Bone ManStormzyLiam Gallagher and Sam Smith accounted for 46% of album sales in Blighty. That’s the highest share since figures were recorded in 2000, when that stat was a tad above 30%, according to figures provided by trade body BPI and the Official Charts Co.

In 2000, male groups started with a 37% share of the market, rising to a 45% peak in 2005 (Coldplay, Kaiser ChiefsWestlife) and since dropping to 33%.

Female solo artists started at 18% in 2000, peaking at 31% in 2011 when Adele released her second album, 21, and since dropping to a comparatively tiny 13% albums market share.

Mixed male and female groups have dipped to 6% from 11% over the last 17 years, while female groups have maintained a fairly even keel at just 3%.

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U.K. CHARTS: MALONE PARKS AT #1
5/4/18

Post Malone has hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with beerbongs & bentleys (Island) on 43k combined sales. The release has scored the third biggest albums opening week on streams in Blighty, behind Ed Sheeran and Drake. Over on singles, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa are at the top for a third week.

Streams for beerbongs & bentleys reached the equivalent of 35k sales, behind Ed Sheeran’s record-holding 79k for ÷ (Atlantic) and Drake’s 36k for More Life (Island).

Elsewhere this week, new British artist Anne-Marie has hit #3 with her debut, Speak Your Mind (Atlantic), while Blossoms are at #4 with Cool Like You (Virgin EMI).

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BOWIE LEADS U.K. RECORD STORE DAY
5/2/18

Record Store Day in the U.K. was a roaring success with sales up 16% year-on-year to reach 60k album sales and 30k singles, according to Official Chart Company data. David BowieArcade Fire and Pink Floyd topped the best sellers list.

Bowie’s three-LP set Welcome to the Blackout – Live in London (Parlophone) was the most popular release, followed by Arcade Fire's self-titled EP demo (Legacy/Sony Music). 

Pink Floyd were third place with their self-released The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Mono), followed by Bowie again at #4 with Now (Parlophone).  (He also had the #9 entry). The National took fifth place with Boxer (Live In Brussels) (4AD). 

Record Store Day 2018 UK best-sellers

1. David BowieWelcome to the Blackout(Parlophone)
2. Arcade FireArcade Fire(Legacy/Sony Music)
3. Pink FloydThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Pink Floyd Music) 
4. David BowieNow(Parlophone)
5. The NationalBoxer (Live in Brussels) (4AD)
6. SuedeSuede(Demon Records)
7. CourteenersSt Jude(UMC/Polydor)
8. MogwaiTen Rapid (Rock Action)
9. David BowieDavid Bowie(UMC/Decca)
10. The WhoThe Kids are Alright (UMC/Polydor)

U.K. MIDWEEKS: BENTLEYS' RIDE
4/30/18

Post Malone has entered at #1 on the U.K.’s midweek Official Albums Chart with beerbongs & bentleys (Atlantic), while two new homegrown releases from Blossoms and Anne-Marie start at #3 and #4.

Malone’s debut Stoney charted at #10 in 2016. He’s since had a #1 single in Blighty with “Rockstar” f/21 Savage in 2017 and a #4 hit “Psycho” f/Ty Dolla $ign earlier this year.

The second highest new albums entry this week is most likely from British band Blossoms, who are at #3 with second album, Cool Like You (Virgin EMI); they hit #1 with their debut in 2016.

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U.K. CHARTS: CALVIN & DUA STREAM SECOND WEEK AT #1
4/27/18

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa have fended off competition from Ariana Grande as the duo hold on to the U.K. Official Singles #1 for the second week in a row with “One Kiss” (Columbia/Warner Bros.), tallying 8.7m streams this week. Over on the Official Albums list, J. Cole is the highest new entry with KOD (Interscope) charting at #2.

Grande wasn’t far behind “One Kiss” as “No Tears Left to Cry” (Island) was streamed 7.3m times this week, earning the star her sixth U.K. Top 10 single. The second highest singles entry is Anne-Marie with Ed Sheeran co-write “2002” (Atlantic) entering at #8. 

Climbers include Banx & Ranx, who surge 11 places to #7 with “Answerphone” f/Ella Eyre and Yxng Bane (Parlophone), while Maren Morris and Grey are up three places to #9 with “The Middle” (Polydor). 

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