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STRINGER ON "THE ISSUES AND ACTIONS NEEDED"
Sony Music is all in. (6/1a)
"REAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE": SIR LUCIAN SPEAKS OUT
UMG is all in. (6/1a)
RAPINO: SUPPORTING BLACK CULTURE, ANTI-RACISM
Live Nation is all in. (5/30a)
WMG ON COPING WITH THE MOMENT
Warner Music is all in. (6/1a)
ARTISTS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD (UPDATE)
The stars are coming out. (6/1a)
TUESDAY
THE SHOW MUST BE PAUSED
TIME TO REFLECT
TIME TO ACT
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: GAGA RULES
6/1/20

 

Lady Gaga is heading for her fourth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums chart with Chromatica (Polydor) outselling the entire Top 20 combined at the halfway point. She’s set to remain on top of singles, too, with Ariana Grande collaboration “Rain On Me.”

With 40k combined sales so far, Chromatica leads the race on all formats (physical, download and streaming) and has claimed 2020’s fastest-selling vinyl album based on just three days of sales.

Elsewhere on albums, Norwegian DJ Kygo is heading for his second U.K. Top 10 album—and first in four years—with Golden Hour (Sony) at #6. The 40th anniversary edition of Rush’s 1980 album Permanent Waves (UMG) is one place behind at #7.

The new EP from Manchester rapper Aitch, Polaris (NQ Records), is also eyeing a Top 10 debut at #9. The debut from Scottish indie group Vistas, Everything Changes In The End (Retrospect Records), starts at #11, while Christine and the Queen’s EP, La Vita Nuova (Because Music), is set for its Top 40 debut at #16 after being released on vinyl.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, “Rain On Me” is one of three tracks from Gaga in today’s Top 40. “Sour Candy” f/Blackpink starts at #12, and “Alice” is #21.

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HADYN JONES TO HEAD BBC RADIO 1
6/1/20

Aled Haydn Jones has been appointed as Head of Station for BBC Radio 1. He brings extensive senior experience across BBC radio to the role, and will lead a team with Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Head of Music Chris Price and Commissioning Executive Rachel McHalroy reporting into him.

The position is one of five new Head of Station roles responsible for the BBC’s pop music networks. Following the appointment of Helen Thomas as Head of Radio 2, the recruitment for the three other Head of Station roles at Radio 1Xtra, 6 Music and BBC Asian Network is ongoing.

Haydn Jones was previously a presenter on the BBC Radio 1 network, producer on live music events and Chris Moyles Breakfast Show, and most recently, Head of Programmes. He was behind the recent Radio 1 Big Weekend U.K. 2020, which showcased more than 50 new live sets recorded by artists from their own homes, as well as around 50 of the most memorable performances from previous Big Weekends. 

At Christmas, he launched a new presenter search which resulted in 35 new DJs taking to the air over the festive period, including Radio 1’s first non-binary DJ and Radio 1’s first blind presenter.

Haydn Jones also oversaw the launch of the Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, as well as supporting new music through Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Big Weekend, and Teen Awards.

“Aled has some exciting and ambitious new directions for Radio 1, and we are looking forward to a fresh approach for the station,” BBC Controller Popular Music Lorna Clarke said. “As the #1 network for young audiences across the country, we want to take some risks and really push ourselves to do more across all platforms.”

Radio 1 currently has a radio audience of around 10m listeners, and Haydn Jones has worked to supplement those numbers with 14m weekly viewers on its YouTube and iPlayer channels, and 10.5m social followers.

Haydn Jones said: “We know Radio 1 will never stand still, and we’re going to listen to our audience and give them what they want, how they want it."

PARMAR TO RUN MINISTRY OF SOUND
6/1/20

Dipesh Parmar has been named President of Sony U.K. label Ministry of Sound Recordings, effective today. He has been MD of the label since Sony acquired it in 2016.

Parmar takes the reins from David Dollimore, who has been joint President of RCA and MoS for more than three years. Sony U.K. chief Jason Iley, to whom Parmar reports, said: “Dipesh delivers time and again and is hugely respected across the music industry. Within the label he has cultivated a team of dynamic and ambitious executives and their energy filters through the whole company."

During his time at Ministry, Parmar has delivered a string of hits and is responsible for developing and launching the careers of Sigala, DJ Fresh and London Grammar, who achieved their first #1 album at the label with Truth is a Beautiful Thing in 2017.

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U.K. CHARTS: POLYDOR DOUBLES UP
5/29/20

UMG U.K. label Polydor has scored a double win on the Official Albums and Singles charts this week with The 1975 and the team of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.

The 1975 claim their fourth consecutive chart-topper today with Notes on a Conditional Form (Polydor/Dirty Hit) notching 34,000 combined sales. The majority is physical sales—71% of that 34,000 figure—and with 7,000 vinyl sales, Notes on a Conditional Form is the fastest-selling album on vinyl of 2020 so far.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Gaga & Grande’s “Rain on Me” racked up 70,000 chart sales to claim the #1 spot this week. It’s the biggest ever opening week streaming numbers by an all-female collaboration in the U.K., with 8.1m plays in seven days. It is also Gaga’s first single to debut at #1.

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GLASTONBURY LIVES ON AT BBC
5/27/20

Despite the disappearance of Glastonbury from this year's calendar, the BBC is celebrating what would have been the festival's 50th anniversary edition with special coverage from its archive. Performances by AdeleBeyoncé and, for the first time, David Bowie will be broadcast in full on TV.

From 6/25-29, The Glastonbury Experience will be brought to viewers at home across BBC Television, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio and BBC Sounds. Alongside those mentioned above, footage will include also sets from Coldplay and Jay-Z

BBC Pop Controller Lorna Clarke said: “Glastonbury Festival has for decades been a huge moment in the BBC’s music calendar, thanks to Michael and Emily’s magical creation. Even though Worthy Farm can’t be full of thousands of music lovers this year, the BBC will celebrate with four days of memories and archive footage to give our audience a taste of the festival in their own homes.”

BBC iPlayer will host a pop-up Glastonbury channel with more than 60 historic sets available to watch on-demand. Highlights on BBC Radio include a series of special shows from Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 beginning 6/22, while Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis will join Lauren Laverne  on her BBC Radio 6 Music morning programme on 6/26. BBC Sounds will bring together the biggest Glastonbury moments from across BBC Radio, over 20 archive performances and curated collections of back-to-back sets.

 “There are so many memorable sets being played across the BBC over what would have been our 50th anniversary weekend,” Emily Eavis said. “Personally, I’m looking forward to a weekend of reflecting on the history of our festival and going back to some classic performances from David Bowie, Adele, R.E.M., Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish and lots more. Me and my dad will definitely be watching!”

For those who don't live in Blighty, may we kindly suggest purchasing a VPN. 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: KSI VS. THE 1975
5/26/20

British rapper KSI and The 1975 are battling it out for the U.K.’s Official Albums #1 this week as the former leads on streaming while the latter leads with physical. Over on singles, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are currently on top.

The 1975 are #1 on albums at the halfway point with Notes on a Conditional Form (Polydor/Dirty Hit) leading on CD and vinyl sales. KSI’s debut studio album, Dissimulation (BMG), is at #2 but ahead on streaming and download formats.

Also eyeing a Top 5 debut is rapper Agust D, aka Suga from BTS. His second mixtape, D-2 (Big Hit), is currently #3. Further down, Gunna is poised for a Top 10 debut with Wunna (Young Stoner Life/300) at #6.

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is at #9 midweek with I Love The New Sky (Bella Union), and Badly Drawn Boy returns with his first album in a decade, Banana Skin Shoes (AWAL), at #14.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s collaboration, “Rain on Me” (Polydor), is leading this week’s race on both downloads and streams. The track is currently 7k chart sales ahead of reigning #1, “Rockstar” (Polydor) by DaBaby f/Roddy Ricch.

KSI could land three Top 20 songs in this week’s chart following the release of his debut studio album; “Dissimulation. Cap” f/Offset is new at #3, previous Top 10 single “Houdini” f/Swarmz & Tion Wayne rebounds to #11 midweek, and “Killa Killa” f/Aiyana-lee is currently sitting at #13.

U.K. CHARTS: CAPALDI BACK TO #1
5/22/20

Lewis Capaldi is celebrating the first anniversary of his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI), with a return to #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. Over on singles, DaBaby remains on top with 57k combined chart sales.

Capaldi’s debut, which has racked up more than 900k sales so far, spends a 10th non-consecutive week at the summit this week. The record has yet to exit the Top 10 since its release this time last year; its lowest point was #7 in November.

Elsewhere, six new releases feature in today's Top 40, led by Future with High Off Life (RCA) at #5. Polo G is right behind at #6 with The GOAT (Columbia).

Despite peaking at #1 midweek, Sleaford Mods end at #10 with retrospective, All That Glue (Rough Trade).

On the U.K.’s Official Singles chart, DaBaby f/Roddy Ricch ’s “Rockstar” (Polydor) has its strongest week of sales and streams yet. The track’s 57k sales included 7m streams, fending off competition from Doja Cat, whose “Say So” (Ministry of Sound) remains at #2.

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TIKTOK PARTNERS WITH MANAGERS
5/21/20

A partnership between the Music Managers Forum in the U.K. and TikTok will provide training and education for its 850 manager members. The aim is to open new opportunities on the platform for the thousands of music makers and creators they represent.

Activities planned under the partnership include access to best practice resources on TikTok for MMF members, virtual training sessions co-hosted by TikTok and leading U.K. managers, and an in-person event in London, likely to be in the fall once social distancing measures are eased.

MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick said: “Watching artists and music makers pick up and experiment with new technologies is always fascinating, but TikTok’s impact has been truly phenomenal. I believe this partnership will deliver deep and lasting value to our membership and the talent they represent.”

TikTok, downloaded more than 2b times globally, and is playing an increasingly key role in U.K. artist campaigns. Notable 2020 campaigns that have helped bring songs to new audiences include the Young T & Bugsey #dontrushchallenge (2K Management), Aitch #rainchallenge (NQ), Robyn #onmyown (DEF Management), Låpsley #womenwhowow (September Management), Years & Years #breathechallenge (YMU Group) and Little Mix #BUSStayHome (Modest! Management).

“We’re looking forward to working with the MMF to help managers make the most of our platform and connect artists with TikTok’s global audience, expanding the ways in which they can continue to creatively engage with fans, create lasting connections and drive success in all areas of their work,” Paul Hourican, Head of Music Operations U.K. at TikTok, added.