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Bye-bye Burbank, hello DTLA. (12/13a)
2019 TOP 50 SONGS
What comes after X? (12/12a)
A wider view of the issues (12/13a)
A very intriguing dude (12/12a)
Mason Jr. discusses his senior role at the Academy. (12/12a)
Ours is mostly bourbon.
Delicious in salads.
Ours are roasting, but it could be these slim-fit jeans.
An entire Christmas tree made of it. Is what we want. for Christmas.
Blighty Beat

Rod Stewart has emerged victorious in a tight chart battle with Robbie Williams and The Who, claiming his 10th U.K. Official Albums #1 with You’re In My Heart (Rhino) rising one place to #1. Over on singles, Tones & I makes chart history.

In reaching #1, Stewart sets a new U.K. chart record as the oldest male solo artist to top the Official Albums Chart. At 74 years and 11 months old, he beats previous record-holder Paul Simon by three months.

With just 750 copies between them, Williams’ The Christmas Present (Columbia) sits at #2 and, despite a midweek lead, The Who settle for third place with WHO (Polydor).

On the Official Singles Chart, Tones & I now claims the longest-running #1 single by a female artist in U.K. chart history with “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) spending an 11th week at the top. The feat was previously jointly held at 10 weeks by Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (2007) and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (1992).

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Sony Music U.K. has further amplified its move into the podcasting space with the promotion of Adam Cardew to the newly created role of VP of Podcasting & Creative Strategy.

He's tasked with launching a series of innovative, artist-led projects that tap into the increasingly important audio space.

Working from within Sony's 4th Floor Creative team, Cardew will be managing the U.K. podcast division and overseeing the company’s creator network—the influencer and creator program that services all Sony Music U.K. labels. He will also be collaborating with the U.S. on podcast initiatives.

The hire marks the next phase for 4th Floor Creative, which spans brand partnerships, sync and creative, digital and audience development. It follows on from Sony announcing a joint venture earlier this year with podcast production company Broccoli Content, led by Renay Richardson.

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The two top officials at the British Government lobbying organization, UK Music, will step down at the end of January. Chairman and Founder Andy Heath is exiting down after 11 years at the helm and CEO Michael Dugher is heading off to become CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council.

Heath will remain Chairman until the process of recruiting a CEO to replace Dugher has been completed. Tom Kiehl, currently Deputy CEO, will take over as acting CEO during the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive.

“The time is right for me to make way for a successor,” Heath said. “Indeed I intended to step down before Michael Dugher was appointed, but felt it was right to support Michael in his, then, new post. I’m thrilled that I did that as UK Music has risen to new achievements under his leadership. Building on the impressive legacy of Jo Dipple, UK Music is now a truly respected organization in Westminster, Whitehall, the media and within the industry itself.”

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Net income for the Hipgnosis Songs portfolio increased to $27.8m in the six-month period between 3/31 and 9/30, ahead of management’s expectations for the period. Adjusted operating profit for the period before tax increased to $17.3m.

As at 9/30, the company had invested approximately £319.4m in acquiring 27 catalogs, giving them interests in 7,475 songs. Since 10/1, the company has spent £186.1m to acquire another 15 catalogs, among them Jeff Bhasker, Timbaland and Fraser Smith.

Hipgnosis Songs Founder Merck Mercuriadis reported that during the April-September period the catalogs of Benny Blanco and The Chainsmokers beat expectations and that the Ari Levine, Neal Schon, Bernard Edwards and Itaal Shur catalogs all grew strongly on the comparative period in the prior year.

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its investment advisor, The Family (Music) Limited, have announced yet another acquisition, a music catalogue by U.K. indie band Kaiser Chiefs from B-Unique

The catalog consists of 100% of the worldwide ownership of the master rights to the band’s first four studio albums, EmploymentYours Truly, Angry Mob, Off With Their Heads and The Future is Medieval, as well as their greatest hits album Souvenir and their live audiovisual release Live at Elland Road

The Kaiser Chiefs’ 2005 debut album Employment, which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, is certified 6x Platinum in the U.K., and includes the Platinum-certified "I Predict a Riot," "Oh My God" which reached the Top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and the U.K. Top 10 "Everyday I Love You Less and Less." With Employment the Kaiser Chiefs won three Brit Awards in 2006, an NME Award for Best Album and were short-listed for the Mercury Prize.

The band’s second album Yours Truly Angry Mob released in 2007 reached #1 in the U.K. Album Charts, is certified as 2x platinum in the U.K., and included the U.K. #1 and platinum-certified single "Ruby." The catalog also includes the U.K. Top 5 single "Never Miss a Beat" off the band’s 2008 #2 album Off With Their Heads

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“The Kaiser Chiefs have been one of the most successful English bands of the last 15 years and it’s no secret that it’s down to great songs, great albums and a terrific live show. They follow the very English tradition of The Who and Madness, and incredible hits like "I Predict a Riot" and "Ruby" just get better with time. I’m delighted that Mark, Martin, James, Nick, Ricky and the band have entrusted us with this special catalogue.”

Mark Lewis & Martin Toher of B-Unique said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Hipgnosis story, Merck managed the first band signed to B-unique, we know he is a proper music man. This deal will allow us to continue working with the Kaisers and James to keep this great catalogue growing. Martin and I shared such a commonality with the band, we both had a real underdog spirit and the fact that they are still having top 3 albums and selling more tickets than ever is a testament to their continued hunger.”

James Sandom at Red Light Management said:

“It’s great to be in business with Merck and Hipgnosis. We’re excited by the potential and fresh focus on Kaiser Chiefs classic catalogue in this new chapter, Hipgnosis’ modern thinking and resource will add value and presence to a catalogue that’s engrained in British culture.” 


British indie Dirty Hit, home to The 1975, Wolf Alice, Pale Waves and Beabadoobee, has expanded its relationship with UMG by signing an exclusive global digital distribution deal with Ingrooves Music Group.

The new agreement will further expand the independent label’s presence around the world. It doesn’t change The 1975’s deal with Polydor and Interscope.

“We have had a long working relationship with Ingrooves, stretching back nearly a decade,” said Jamie Oborne, Founder and CEO of Dirty Hit Records. “Bob Roback and his team at Ingrooves have built one of the most sophisticated distribution operations in the world and I’m excited about this new era for our two companies."

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The Who is on course to claim its first U.K. #1 album in almost 50 years with WHO (Polydor) leading the midweeks by 6k combined chart sales. Over on singles, Ellie Goulding has joined the race for the Christmas #1.

WHO is the band’s first collection of new material since 2006 and could be their first #1 since Who’s Next topped the chart in 1971. Today, it sits ahead of Robbie WilliamsThe Christmas Present (Columbia) at #2.

Liam Payne’s LP1 (Capitol) is the second highest new albums entry at #8.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles update, Goulding has shot 12 places to #2 with her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River” (Polydor). The track sits less than 2k combined chart sales behind Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) and is now in the running to claim the Christmas #1 at the end of next week.

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Tony Harlow will succeed Max Lousada as Chairman and CEO of Warner Music U.K. beginning in February. Harlow joined WMG in 2010 as MD for Australasia and most recently served as President of WEA.

Lousada, who has been on the hunt for a successor to look over the British business since his promotion to CEO of Recorded Music two years ago, said, “Tony has a depth and diversity of experience that few can match. Ever since his days behind the counter at a Beggars Banquet record shop, he’s been a true artist champion with a total passion for music. And as an entrepreneurial leader, he has a progressive and ambitious vision for where the business needs to go next.”

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