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ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/17a)
HITS LIST GOES COUNTRY
Pairs well with grits and gravy. (6/14a)
SUMMERTIME ROLLS: FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US
The latest tidbits from the bustling live sector. (6/17a)
IS MCK ABOUT TO
MAKE A BIG MOVE?
This would be a great get. (6/17a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: TURNER EYES #1
2/14/22

Frank Turner could claim his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart on Friday with FTHC (Polydor). Over on singles, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are new at #2.

Turner has more than double the weekend sales of his closest competition at the halfway point, which is alt-J’s The Dream (Infectious Music) at #2.

Slash and Myles Kennedy’s 4 (BMG) is also new at #3, followed by James Morrison’s Greatest Hits (Believe) at #5.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Viola Beach’s posthumous self-titled debut on Fuller Beans is set to re-enter the chart at #7 following a special vinyl release.

Big Thief’s Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (4AD) starts at #8 and Eddie Vedder is #9 today with Earthling (UMG).

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Sheeran and Swift’s “The Joker and the Queen” (Atlantic), which Sheeran performed at last week’s BRIT Awards, looks set to claim this week’s highest new entry.

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (Walt Disney) from Encanto is on track for a fifth week at #1.

Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott’s “Where Are You Now” (Insanity) holds at #5, “Seventeen Going Under” (Polydor) by BRITs winner Sam Fender is up one to #6, and “Make Me Feel Good” (Polydor) by Belters Only and Jazzy continues its rise, currently up one to #7.

Outside the Top 10, Dove Cameron could claim her first U.K. Top 20 single with “Boyfriend” (Sony) starting at #15, thanks in part to success on TikTok.