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Blighty Beat
AN INSTRUMENTAL INVESTMENT
10/28/20

Tencent has purchased a minority stake in U.K.-based data-driven A&R platform, Instrumental. The investment will allow the company to expand its business in China and grow its label and publishing services.

As part of the deal, Tencent Holdings and Tencent Music Entertainment Group will both hold a minority stake in the business, alongside existing investors, U.K. venture builder Blenheim Chalcot and Warner Music U.K. 

In addition, Instrumental—which is used by all three majors and Live Nation—has entered into an exclusive relationship with TME in China, which aims to benefit the roster of independent artists licensing tracks into its frtyfve branded label services and publishing arm by reaching new audiences.

“This deal will allow Instrumental to accelerate our commitment to becoming an ‘artist first’ business, delivering insights and partnerships directly to the great talent discovered by our app,” Instrumental CEO Conrad Withey said. “That includes expanding our label and publishing services but also launching new products that meet the needs of high growth artists at the earliest stages of building a career in the music business including merchandise, digital live events and brand partnerships.”

 

BPI TOPS UP LIVE MUSIC FUND
10/28/20

U.K. trade body The BPI and BRIT Awards have added £54k to the COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund, administered by Stagehand, to support live music and events professionals affected by the lack of touring this year.

The contribution, which will help Stagehand’s Relief Fund approach the quarter-million pounds mark (£240k), joins £1.62m of BPI-co-ordinated funds donated earlier this year by the recorded music sector to charities and organisations supporting artists, managers and venues through the pandemic. It brings the total amount of support distributed to date to £1.67m.

“Our industry is deeply interconnected and while everyone is feeling the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, no sector has felt its force to the same degree as the live business,” Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize, said. “This includes the expert technicians and events professionals who help make great performances happen.

“That’s why it’s right that, in addition to previous donations to charities benefitting artists, managers and venues, we should not overlook this important part of the music family. We rely on their skills every year in staging The BRIT Awards and the Hyundai Mercury Prize, and we’re delighted to assist the important work of Stagehand supporting live production crew."

U.K. MIDWEEKS: BRUCE, ARI LEAD
10/26/20

Bruce Springsteen is leading the U.K.’s Official Albums midweek race with Letter To You (Columbia) outselling the entire Top 5 combined. Over on singles, Ariana Grande is set for her seventh #1.

At the halfway point, Letter To You is the most purchased album on physical and download formats as well as the most-streamed new release of the week.

Gorillaz are also new at #2 with Song Machine, Season One: Strange Times (Parlophone), followed by Nothing But Thieves Moral Panic (EMI) at #3.

Blossoms’ lockdown covers album, In Isolation (EMI), makes a strong start at #4, while dance legends Faithless’ first album in 10 years, All Blessed (BMG), enters at #5.

Other albums vying for the Top 10 include blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s Royal Tea (J&R Adventures) at #6, the anniversary album from tenor Russell Watson, 20 (UMG), at #7, and Off Off On (Rough Trade) from British folk-rock vocalist This Is The Kit at #9.

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U.K. CHARTS: THE VAMPS CLAIM #1
10/23/20

The Vamps have hit the top of the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Cherry Blossom (EMI) while Internet Money land their first #1 single with “Lemonade” (10K Projects).

Of Cherry Blossom’s total sales, 87% were physical as the album was the week’s best-seller on vinyl.

Elsewhere on albums, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon (Polydor) by Pop Smoke rebounds to #2 from #4. Irish country singer Daniel O’Donnell’s Daniel (DMG TV) is new at #3, while Katie Melua’s Album No.8 (BMG) enters at #7. Beabadoobee charts at #8 with Fake it Flowers (Dirty Hit).

The Struts claim their first Top 40 entry with third album Strange Days (Polydor) at #11, and a deluxe edition of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, Wildflowers & All The Rest (Warner Records) ends the week at #19.

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MAC LEADS ASCAP WINNERS
10/21/20

British songwriter and producer Steve Mac (pictured) is the top honoree at ASCAP’s virtual London Music Awards 2020 with five awards. Bastille’s Dan SmithLewis Capaldi and CHVRCHES are also honored.

The ceremony takes place across social media today and Thursday. Along with Smith, Mac is honored three times for the chart-topping “Happier” (by Marshmello f/Bastille) with Song of the Year, Top EDM Song and Top Streaming Song. 

His fourth award also sees CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook recognized for “Here with Me” as a Winning EDM Song. Mac’s final award with is for “Call You Mine” by Chainsmokers f/Bebe Rexha.

Two years after its release, Capaldi’s self-penned global smash “Someone You Loved” claimed both the Winning Hot 100 Song and Winning Streaming Song awards.

The xx’s Romy Madley Croft is also honored with a Winning EDM Song award for penning Silk City and Dua Lipa’s global smash hit “Electricity.” Two other Winning EDM Song awards went to Corey Sanders for “365” (Zedd and Katy Perry) and Samuel Gray for “Takeaway” (Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM f/Lennon Stella).

 

LIVE BIZ IN CRISIS
10/21/20

More than 26,000 permanent jobs will be lost in the U.K. live music industry before the end of the year with revenues set to fall by 81%, according to a research report that urges for extended Government support.

The British Government’s furlough scheme, which saw workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis receive up to 80% of their pay, is ending at the end of this month. As a result, research carried out on behalf of live music industry umbrella group LIVE says that a total of 170,000 jobs will be lost, including self-employed and freelance workers.

“We were one of the first sectors to close and we will be one of the last to reopen,” Phil Bowdery, Chair of the Concert Promoters Association, said. “We are currently caught in a catch-22 where we are unable to operate due to Government restrictions but are excluded from the Extended Job Support Scheme as the furlough comes to an end. If businesses can’t access that support soon then the majority of our specialist, highly trained workforce will be gone.”

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: VAMPS BOUND FOR #1
10/19/20

The Vamps are leading an all-new Top 5 on the U.K.’s Official Albums midweeks with Cherry Blossom (EMI). Over on singles, Headie One could score his first #1 with “Ain’t It Different” (Relentless).

Elsewhere on albums, Irish country singer Daniel O’Donnell currently sits at #2 with Daniel (DMG TV), followed by Katie Melua’s  Album No.8 (BMG) at #3.

The Struts start at #4 with Strange Days (Interscope), followed by the debut from Beabadoobee, Fake it Flowers (Dirty Hit), at #5.

A deluxe edition of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, Wildflowers & All The Rest (Warner Records), is on course for the Top 10 at #6, and Eagles' Live From the Forum MMXVIII (Rhino) is #7. The National’s Matt Berninger could also earn a Top 10 placing for his debut solo album, Serpentine Prison (Concord), at #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, “Ain’t It Different” climbs up one to #1 following Headie One’s #1 debut album last week.

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MUSIC VENUES HANDED £41M
10/19/20

More than 250 grassroots music venues in the U.K. have been awarded more than £41m ($53.2m) from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. The Music Venue Trust says 89% of Music Venues Alliance members who applied for funding received cash.

According to MVT, 291 grassroots music venues applied to the fund with 251 successful outcomes (89%) and 33 unsuccessful applications (11%). The total amount awarded to MVA members was 12.4% of the overall distribution of £334m across two rounds of funding.

In total, 1,974 organizations received funding and 13.1% of successful applications from all disciplines across the entire fund were made by MVA grassroots music venue members.

“Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this very effective intervention by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England into the grassroots music venue sector,” Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd said. “As a result of this fund, the challenges facing the sector have been substantially reduced.

"Music Venue Trust will now shift its focus and will be announcing plans very shortly to tackle the remaining challenges facing sole traders, smaller venues that did not qualify for support, and the venues who were unsuccessful or were under-funded.”