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I.B. BAD: TRUE
OR FALSE?
Who you gonna trust on these matters? (9/22a)
POST STREAMS AHEAD
OF TAYLOR, SAM
Nothin' but net—dude can't miss right now. (9/22a)
ALL SLOW HANDS 
ON DECK
No, not Clapton. We're talking Horan. (9/22a)
THIS HITS LIST IS SEASONABLY COOL
This is the autumn equinox, after all. (9/22a)
TRIPPING & WORSHIPING
A compelling argument for physical product. (9/22a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Big. Papery. Stupid.
PIZZA NOT DELIVERED
Someone's in trouble.
SAM SMITH'S STATEMENT
How he captures our moment.
THE BIGGEST RELEASE OF Q4
It's not what you think.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: FOOS GO FOR THE GOLD
9/22/17

Foo Fighters have scored a fourth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Concrete and Gold shifting 61k combined sales. Ferdy Unger Hamilton’s Columbia now boasts four of the Top 10 biggest-selling week one albums of 2017.

Foo Fighters join Rag’n’Bone Man (117k), Kasabian (52k) and Harry Styles (57k) in Hamilton’s list of opening week sales stars. Concrete and Gold is the sixth #1 album from the Sony U.K. label this year; Arcade Fire and The Script also hit the top spot.

At #2, Gary Newman has his first Top 10 album in 35 years with Savage (Songs From a Broken World) (BMG). The third highest new entry this week goes to supergroup Prophets of Rage, who land at #6 with their self-titled debut (Caroline).

Thanks to a 500% sales boost driven by his Mercury Music Prize win, Young Turks act Sampha rises 145 spots to end the week at #7 with debut Process. The song he played during the ceremony, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano,” has enjoyed a 265% rise on streaming services, earning an additional 342k streams this last week.

Over on the Official Singles Chart, Sam Smith spends his second week at #1 with “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol). This week’s highest new entry is “Rockstar” (Island) by Post Malone f/21 Savage, which has greatly improved its midweek peak of #15, and ends at #5. Further down, Niall Horan’s “Too Much to Ask” (Virgin EMI) enters at #24.

 

STALKING MUSIC FANS IN 2017
9/20/17


How are folks worldwide listening to music? That’s a question the IFPI has answered in a new report surveying the habits of music fans over the last six months, the majority of whom (55%) favour video sites for on-demand streaming. Which, of course, further raises the thorny issue of the ‘value gap’.

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A PRODIGOUS DEAL WITH BMG
9/19/17

l-r: Keef Flint, Maxim Howlett, Korda Marshall and Liam Howlett ponder the hairstyles of days past.


The Prodigy announced they'll be releasing their first album in three years through BMG come early 2018. Already handling the publishing of band founder Liam Howlett's entire catalogue, this album deal marks the next step in BMG's relationship with The Prodigy. 

BMG U.K. EVP Music Korda Marshall is now the Firestarter.

The Prodigy’s last album, The Day Is My Enemy, reached #1 in the U.K., making it their sixth album to hit that position in their home territory. The new album will be on their label, Take Me To The Hospital, and will be preceded by a single later this year. 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: FOOS GOOD AS GOLD
9/18/17

Foo Fighters are heading toward their fourth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Concrete and Gold (Columbia) sitting at the top on 43k combined sales at the midway stage. Concrete and Gold is selling more than the Top 10 combined and could hit one spot higher than the #2 peak its predecessor, Sonic Highways, reached in 2014 on 89k sales.

Gary Numan and Prophets of Rage are among new entrants in the Top 5, with Numan looking set to score his first Top 10 album since ’82 with Savage (Songs From A Broken World) (BMG). Supergroup Prophets of Rage are currently at #4 with their self-titled debut (Caroline).

Over on the singles list, Sam Smith is eyeing a second week at #1.

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U.K. CHARTS: SMITH SCORES 6TH #1
9/15/17

Sam Smith has scored his sixth U.K. Official Singles #1 as “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol) hits the top on 62k combined sales. That’s made up of 4.4m streams and 33k downloads. The track is also #1 in Australia (a first) and New Zealand.

Only six British men have had more songs hit the top spot in Blighty and “Too Good at Goodbyes"—the first new music from Smith's upcoming second set—is the sixth song to debut at #1 this year. Prior to the release of his first album, Smith's career gathered heat with a #1 single in 2014 with "Money On My Mind," and Naughty Boy's "La La La" before that.

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SAMPHA CROWNED MERCURY WINNER
9/15/17

Young Turks soul act Sampha walked away with the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize in London Thursday night for debut album, Process, which has shot to #2 on the U.K. iTunes chart today. It’s the second win for Caius Pawson’s Beggars' label in seven years after The xx took the prize in 2010 for their self-titled debut.

The judging panel choose Process for “its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability…When you discover this record you’ll want to live with it, share it and celebrate it.”

On collecting his trophy and cheque for £25k, Sampha thanked his label, judges and family before performing “(Nobody Knows Me) Like the Piano” for the second time to a standing ovation. Other well-received performances on the night included nominees Stormzy (#Merky), bookies’ favourite Kate Tempest (Fiction) and Loyle Carner(Virgin EMI).

UMG U.K. ADDS TO GLOBE TEAM
9/12/17

Universal Music U.K. is beefing up its team that creates bespoke visual content for artists and labels with the hiring of Stefan Demetriou as Managing Director of its creative and commercial partnerships division, Globe Productions. The exec joins from Warner Music U.K., where he helped launch its own creative studio, The Firepit

Demetriou is a multiple Grammy nominee for a range of feature documentaries, including his acclaimed work with Coldplay and Ed Sheeran's Jumpers For Goalposts for NBC and Sky. Prior to Warner, he worked at EMI and has overseen visual output for MuseGorillaz, BlurRobbie WilliamsColdplayKylie MinogueTinie Tempah andIron Maiden. He starts his new job in October, reporting to Globe President Marc Robinson

Universal Music U.K. chairman David Joseph said: “The synergy between the worlds of music and visual has never been more relevant, with story-telling visual A&R now an essential part of any successful creative campaign. Our investment in this area will give artists and managers something way ahead of any current offering.”

Robinson added: “As we build on our current slate with different platforms and broadcasters, alongside the ground-breaking work being done in the branded content space, we are excited to welcome Stefan to the team so we can continue to pioneer and lead the pack in this field as part of UMG’s global audiovisual strategy.”

 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: SMITH SENSES 6TH #1
9/11/17

Sam Smith is naturally heading toward #1 in his home country as “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol) sails to the top of Spotify’s U.K. Top 50, the iTunes chart and the Official Singles midweek tally.

Smith is currently outselling Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” (Warner Bros.) by 2:1. Should it hold onto its midweek peak, Smith’s first single in two years will be his sixth #1 in Blighty. (His hits have included tracks on his debut album, a James Bond theme tune, a Red Nose Day charity track and as a featured artist with Naughty Boy.)

Over on albums, The National are eyeing their first ever #1.

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