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Carrie is having a Pretty good first week. (9/20a)
NEW MUSIC FROM
LIL PEEP AND XXX
The two late rappers collaborated. (9/20a)
MMA PASSES SENATE, BIZ WHOOPS IT UP
Bill is one step away from becoming law. (9/20a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Yeezy and Pump run to daylight. (9/20a)
MAROON 5 TAKES THE HANDOFF FROM SUPER BOWL
Interscope loves the gridiron. (9/20a)
RAINMAKERS
The ones making history now.
WHO'S NEXT?
Who will be the next big pub and label players?
THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?
Like, will it ever get here?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: WELLER STILL IN STYLE
9/17/18

British treasure Paul Weller is sitting at the top of the U.K.’s midweek Official Albums chart with True Meanings (Parlophone) currently 3k combined sales ahead of Eminem. Over on singles, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith are on course for a third week at #1 with "Promises" (Columbia).

There are two further new entries in the albums Top 5: Aphex Twin start at #4 with EP Collapse (Warp), followed by Dirty Hit newcomers Pale Waves with their debut, My Mind Makes Waves, at #5.

Electronic duo Orbital are on the cusp of their highest charting album in nearly 20 years with Monsters Exist (ACP) at #6, while British band Jungle are heading for a second consecutive Top 10 with For Ever (XL) at #8. David Guetta is also charging toward his fourth U.K. Top 10 album with 7 (Parlophone) currently at #9.

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U.K. CHARTS: MCCARTNEY OPENS AT #3
9/14/18

Sir Paul McCartney has ended the week at #3 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Egypt Station (Virgin EMI) as Eminem logs a second week at #1. Over on singles, Kanye West has scored his highest single debut in nine years with “I Love It” f/Lil Pump (Def Jam) at #3.

Egypt Station was the best seller on physical formats; Kamikaze was this week’s most-streamed and downloaded record, with 51% of sales coming from streams.

The T.Rex box set Gold (Demon) is the second highest new albums entry at #8, followed by Paul Simon at #10 with In The Blue Light (Sony CMG).

On the Official Singles Chart, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith are #1 for a second week with “Promises” (Columbia) claiming its strongest sales and streaming week yet with 63k combined sales.

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CREATORS LAUNCH LOBBYING UNIT
9/13/18

The U.K. creative community has launched an umbrella trade body, The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM), that aims to fight for the rights of songwriters and composers, featured artists, music managers, music producers and musicians to ensure artists can thrive in the digital age.

The new body comprises songwriter and composer body BASCA, featured artist org FAC, managers group MMF, producers guild MPG and the Musicians' Union. CMM will campaign for a music ecosystem that is “fully fair and fit for purpose.”

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SIR PAUL STARTS AT #2
9/10/18

It’s Eminem versus a legend on this week’s Official Albums Chart as Sir Paul McCartney starts at #2 with Egypt Station (Virgin EMI). Over on the Official Singles list, this week’s highest new entry could be “I Love It” (Def Jam) by Kanye West & Lil Pump, currently at #7.

Eminem is still holding onto #1 with Kamikaze (Polydor) after topping the chart on Friday, while Sir Paul sits one place behind with his 25th post-Beatles studio album.

Further down, four new releases are on track for Top 10 debuts. Spiritualized are at #6 with And Nothing Hurt (Bella Union), Paul Simon sits at #7 with In The Blue Light (Sony CMG), T.Rex box set Gold (Demon) starts at #8 and Clutch are at #10 with Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker).

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ARI HITS THE LOUNGE
9/5/18

Republic's Ariana Grande popped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge for the first time ever this afternoon, treating competition winners to a bevy of tunes.

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MAJOR HIRES IN BLIGHTY
9/5/18

There has been a number of personnel shifts in major label land in the U.K. with Stacey Tang being named Managing Director at Sony’s RCA and Katie White joining Warner imprint Atlantic Records as General Manager.

Tang has worked at Sony since 2012 and was named co-MD at Columbia alongside Manish Arora in 2017. She has overseen six U.K. #1 albums and helped more than double the label's albums market share.

At Warner in Blighty, Atlantic President Ben Cook has tapped White, former Managing Director at VICE Media title i-D.

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AIM AWARDS 2018: ALL THE WINNERS
9/5/18

Jorja Smith, Nadine Shah, Ninja Tune and Tracey Thorn were among the members of a diverse British independent music community celebrated Tuesday at the AIM Awards ceremony in London.

Smith (pictured) was named U.K. Breakthrough of the Year for her debut album, Lost & Found (FAMM). The night’s superstar performer — Nadine Shah — took home Best Album for her third release, Holiday Destination (1965 Records).

Dead Oceans-signed L.A. singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers won International Breakthrough of the Year, while U.K. rock band IDLES (Partisan) were named Hardest Working Group.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: EMINEM EXPLODES
9/3/18

Eminem is heading for his ninth U.K. chart-topper with Kamikaze selling 20k combined at the halfway stage, followed by independent British rock band Idles with second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan), starting at #2.

Should he hold his lead by Friday, Eminem will break the record for most consecutive #1s on the Official Albums Chart. With eight so far, he shares the record with Led Zeppelin and ABBA.

Sixty percent of Kamikaze sales are downloads, with the rest made up on streaming—the surprise album has yet to be released physically.

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