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XXXTENTACION FANS FLOCK TO HIS MUSIC (UPDATE)
Fans still flocking to his tracks and albums. (6/22a)
XXXTENTACION FANS FLOCK TO HIS MUSIC (UPDATE)
Two suspects are apparently still at large. (6/22a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: SPREADING THE WEALTH
Juice WRLD made the most moolah. (6/22a)
SPOT STOCK ROCKETS TO TOP (UPDATE)
The gambit appears to be working. (6/22a)
SUSPECT CHARGED IN XXXTENTACION SLAYING (UPDATE)
Motive remains unclear. (6/22a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
HOW ROCK IS STREAMING FORWARD
Amps sold separately.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: DREAM LANDS
6/4/18

This week it’s Ben Howard’s turn to challenge The Greatest Showman for this week's #1 album. At midweek, his Noonday Dream (Island) is sitting at #2 behind the Atlantic cast album on the Official Album Chart. Over on singles, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa have a challenger as well.

Back at albums, following Howard is Roger Daltrey with his first solo album in 26 years, As Long as I Have You (Polydor), at #3. This week’s Top 10 could see new entries from the Swedish metal act Ghost, whose Prequelle (Spinefarm) is #6, Kanye West at #7 with ye (Def Jam) and Father John Misty’s God's Favourite Customer (Subpop) at #8.

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U.K. CHARTS: SNOW BLOWS TO #2
6/1/18

The Greatest Showman soundtrack had a scene stealer in its pocket this week in the U.K. After Snow Patrol lead the entire week on the Official Album Chart, the Atlanticcast album pulled out a win to grab #1 for a 17th non-consecutive week. 

Only 900 combined sales and streams separated Greatest Showman from Snow Patrol’s first studio album in seven years, Wildness (Polydor). Greatest Showman was the week’s best-selling download and most streamed album.

The self-titled third album from Island’s Shawn Mendes debuts at #3 followed by Biffy Clyro’s MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse (14th Floor), the week’s best-seller on vinyl.

CHVRCHES lands their third straight Top 10 album with Love Is Dead (Virgin) at #7. A$AP Rocky’s Testing (Polo Grounds/RCA) is #11.

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GRIMMY GETS TO SLEEP IN
5/31/18

After six years of hosting the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1, Nick Grimshaw, also known as "Grimmy," is stepping out of the morning show slot. The second longest running breakfast show host in BBC Radio 1 history, Grimshaw's now moving to the 4-7pm rush hour slot and the promise of a much more agreeable wake-up call.   

Former rush hour host, Greg James, will be filling in on the morning show, with claims that he's "not doing the show for critics."

"I've had jet lag for six years. It has been a ride, but now I feel slightly sick, so we need to get off the ride," said Grimshaw when James joined him in the studio 5/31. Check out more on the announcement, from the horse's mouth, below.

CAA'S BANKS TO RECEIVE MITS HONOR
5/25/18

Respected British agent Emma Banks, co-Head of CAA in the U.K., will be honored with the annual Music Industry Trusts Award in November for her work across a 25-year career, repping acts such as Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde. She’s the first female exec to receive the gong across the MITs' 27 years in existence.

The award will be given during a ceremony in London on 11/5.

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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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