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FALLING FOR HITS LIST
What people are talking about right now. (9/23a)
CHART FINAL: BLACKPINK TAKES IT
It's been a while since anybody outpointed Bad Bunny. (9/23a)
MEDIABASE TO REPLACE BDS ON LUMINATE
A toast to Philippe and Alissa (9/23a)
KYNCL TAKES THE REINS AT WARNER MUSIC GROUP
Who's ready for Kyncl culture? (9/19a)
MUSIC REVENUE HIT $7.7B IN H1 2022
RIAA drops some stats. (9/22a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: ROBBIE'S A CHAMP    
9/16/22

With XXV (Columbia) topping the Official Albums chart, Robbie Williams has become the solo artist with the most U.K. #1 albums ever. Over on singles, Lewis Capaldi is on top.

With his greatest hits compilation, Williams claims his 14th solo #1 besting Elvis Presley who has 13. There’s only one other act with more: The Beatles have claimed 15 #1 albums.

Ozzy Osbourne has a career-best today as Patient Number 9 (Columbia) debuts at #2. Manic Street Preachers are also new in the Top 5 with a re-issue of Know Your Enemy (Sony Music CG) at #4. The AmazonsHow Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me (Fiction) charts at #5.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles chart,  Capaldi’s first single in nearly three years, “Forget Me” (Vertigo), is his third chart-topping hit with sales of over 56k.

Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” (Republic) rises one to #5, thanks to the arrival of its music video and Queens Remix version. Chris Brown has his first U.K. Top 10 single in two years, “Under The Influence” (RCA) at #9.

Three staples of the Official Afrobeats chart reach new peaks today: Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran’s “For My Hand” (Atlantic) is up two to #22; Oxlade’s “Ku Lo Sa – A Colors Show” (Epic France) jumps eight to #24; and Rema’s “Calm Down” (Interscope) cracks the U.K. Top 40 for the first time, flying 16 places to #35 following the release of a remix featuring Selena Gomez.

UTOPIA GROWS WITH CINRAM
9/14/22

Utopia Music has grown yet again, acquiring U.K. physical supply chain Cinram Novum, saving it from insolvency.

Utopia’s distribution services arm has been bolstered by the business and certain assets of Cinram Novum—an independent provider of warehouse, fulfilment, distribution and business support. The buyout saves the 40-year-old Cinram Novum from folding, securing 300 jobs.

Cinram will continue serving labels including Universal and Sony, alongside retailers and artists.

“The loss of Cinram Novum would have been detrimental to the entire U.K. music industry, resulting in financial losses and disruption for labels, retailers, artists and their fans,” Utopia Music COO Roberto Neri. “Through this acquisition, our intention is that Utopia can secure Cinram’s future.”

Utopia’s distribution services business started this year with the acquisitions of Proper Music Group and Absolute Label Services. Utopia also acquired Sentric MusicMusimapLyric Financial and ROSTR

U.K. MIDWEEKS: ROBBIE EYES 14TH #1
9/12/22

Robbie Williams is on track to claim his 14th solo #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with XXV (Columbia). Over on singles, Lewis Capaldi is gunning for the top.

XXV is outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined at the midweek stage. The set features some of Williams’ top hits, newly orchestrated and recorded with the Metropole Orkest. 

Ozzy Osbourne could claim his highest-ever charting solo album with Patient Number 9 (Columbia) on track to debut at #2. 

Manic Street Preachers are also new in the Top 5 with a re-issue of Know Your Enemy (Sony Music CG) at #3. Meanwhile, The AmazonsHow Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me (Fiction) starts at #5. 

Nut (EMI) by KT Tunstall is also new at #6, while Toyah Wilcox’s reissue of ’81 set, Anthem (Cherry Red), is pacing to re-enter at #8. 

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Lewis Capaldi’s first single in nearly three years, “Forget Me” (Vertigo), is on track to become his third chart-topping hit. 

Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” (Republic) looks set to rise one to #5, thanks to the arrival of its music video and Queens Remix version.

Chris Brown could jump one to #13 with “Under The Influence” (RCA), while “For My Hand” (Atlantic) by Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran is on track to rise four to #20. 

NATIONAL MOURNING CANCELLATIONS
9/12/22

A host of events in the U.K. have been canceled in the wake of the Queen’s death, including BBC fest Live at Leeds and Proms nights at the Royal Albert Hall.

There is no official obligation from Government to cancel events during the national mourning period, which runs until the day of the Queen’s funeral on 9/19. Still, some have been called off as a mark of respect.

Radio 2’s Live in Leeds, which was set to take place on 9/17-18, has been canceled. Robbie WilliamsGeorge Ezra and Kaiser Chiefs were among acts set to perform.

The two final Proms performances at Royal Albert Hall last week were cancelled as a mark of respect; a new date for the Mercury Music Prize ceremony has yet to be announced.

In the sporting world, this weekend’s Premier League match, and this evening’s game, have been postponed. Ongoing rail and postal strike action has also been suspended until after the mourning period.

BIZ MOURNS QUEEN'S DEATH
9/12/22

The U.K. music industry organizations are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Here are their thoughts.

UK Music: “We are deeply saddened at the news of the Queen's death. Putting public service above all else, she was a role model to millions across the world. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and all those whose lives she touched over many years. May she rest in peace.”

Music Venue Trust: “Following the news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, Music Venue Trust sends their heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family at this time.”

The Ivors Academy: “We pay tribute to the Queen's leadership and commitment to music during her long reign. She showed support for music makers in many ways from appointing the first female Master of Queen's Music, inaugurating The Queen's Medal for Music & recognizing creators in the honors.”

PRS for Music: “We extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Throughout her reign, she was a passionate champion of the arts and music in the U.K. and around the world.”

U.K. CHARTS: YUNGBLUD'S SECOND #1
9/9/22

YUNGBLUD has his second U.K. #1 album with his self-titled third set on Interscope. Over on singles, Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal remain #1.

Megadeth’s The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead! (UMC) is the second highest new albums entry at #3. Keane frontman Tom Chaplin debuts at #19 with his third solo effort, Midpoint (BMG).

The Top 20 welcomes back three older titles: Tom Jones’  former #1, Surrounded By Time (Universal), rises to #13 following a performance on The Voice; Lewis Capaldi’s debut, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, is up 15 places to #17 following the arrival of his new single, “Forget Me” (UMG); and Foo FightersGreatest Hits (Roswell) rises 44 places to #18 this week following the group’s Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium last weekend.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)” (Warner Records/X One House) by Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal remains on top. The track is once again the most-streamed song in the country.

David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” (Parlophone) rises five places to a new peak of #2.

“I Ain’t Worried” (Interscope) by OneRepublic is up one to #3, while Harry Styles is back in the Top 10 with “Late Night Talking” (Columbia) at #5. Following the release of its video, “Super Freaky Girl” (Republic) by Nicki Minaj bounces back into the Top 10 to #6.

The 1975 claim this week’s highest new entry, with “I’m in Love With You” (Dirty Hit) starting at #29—their first Top 40 single in two years.

TIKTOK'S U.K. SUMMER HITS 
9/8/22

Nicky Youre & Dazy’s “Sunroof” (RCA) tops TikTok’s Top 5 songs in the U.K. list for this summer. The platform’s breakout artist is London rapper Stepz.

“Sunroof” tops the chart after becoming the soundtrack to the TikTok community’s summer videos. The track peaked at #29 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart earlier in September. 

The remaining Top 5 consists of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” (EMI) at #2 and Duke & Jones and Louis Theroux’ “Jiggle Jiggle" (Robots & Humans) at #3. Luclover takes fourth place with the self-released “L$d,” followed by the Higher & Faster remix of Cat Burns’  “Go” (Since 93/RCA) at #5.

Stepz’ hit “Cramp Dat” (Graduation) saw a big spike in video creations across the summer and took the #1 spot on TikTok’s weekly hot tracks chart for seven weeks. Other tracks to have seen spikes across the period include George Ezra’s “Green Green Grass” (Columbia), thanks to a video of its performance at Glastonbury.

Top 5 songs in the U.K.

  1. Nicky Youre & Dazy “Sunroof” (RCA)
  2. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” (EMI)
  3. Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux “Jiggle Jiggle” (Robots & Humans)
  4. Luclover “L$d”
  5. Cat Burns “Go (Higher & Faster)” (Since 93/RCA)

Top 5 songs by U.K. artists

  1. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”
  2. Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux “Jiggle Jiggle”
  3. Cat Burns “Go (Higher & Faster)”
  4. LF SYSTEM “Afraid To Feel” (Warner Music U.K.)
  5. George Ezra “Green Green Grass” (Columbia)

Biggest % increase in creations in the U.K.

  1. George Ezra “Green Green Grass” 
  2. Stepz “Cramp Dat” (Graduation)
  3. Central Cee “Doja” 
  4. T2 & ARPA “Heartbroken 2022” (EMI)
  5. Digga D “STFU” (EGA)
VINYL REIGNS AS FORMAT KING
9/7/22

Vinyl LPs have overtaken all physical entertainment format sales, bar Nintendo Switch games, for the first time in the U.K., according to figures from ERA.

So far this year, U.K. consumers have spent £80.9m on vinyl albums—up 12.2% over 2021 YTD. The format sits at #2 on the list of the U.K.’s best-selling physical entertainment formats.

CD albums are #4 with a £68.8m spend this year, which is down 8.1% on the same period last year. Vinyl’s figure, therefore, is nearly 20% ahead of CDs, following vinyl sales overtaking the format for the first time last year. 

“For a 74-year-old analog format to eclipse the digital-age technology of games platforms is quite extraordinary,” ERA CEO Kim Bayley said. “Ten years into its long climb back to favor, the vinyl revival is most definitely here to stay.” 

Playstation 4 and 5 games take third place on ERA's list, DVDs are at #5, Blu-ray at #6, Xbox at #7 and PC at #8.