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SONY ACQUIRES MUBADALA'S SHARE IN EMI PUBLISHING
So, yeah, that's big. (5/23a)
I.B. BAD: PERFECT STORMS
Spotify, Vivendi, Childish, more. (5/23a)
DOWN THE TUBE: LYOR'S PRESS TOUR
He's the Wile E. Coyote of the music biz. (5/23a)
YOUR TOP 20: MIDWEEK SHOWDOWN (UPDATE)
Looks we have a horse race. (5/23a)
IRVING ISN'T BUYING
LYOR'S HYPE
One succinct, well-aimed tweet (5/23a)
THE NEW LEADERS
We chat with the top label execs about changing times.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS SPECIAL
They're young, they're happening and we've got 'em.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
Blighty Beat
A RIGHT ROYAL AFFAIR
4/25/18

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know the Brits are currently getting into a tizzy about the upcoming Royal Wedding Ceremony between Prince Harry and she of U.S. soil, Meghan Markle, on 5/19. For those whose invites got lost in the post, UMG UK label Decca Records will be recording and releasing the ceremony and making it available to stream worldwide hours after the main event.

Musicians confirmed to perform include British cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason, Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, The Choir of St George’s Chapel and Christian gospel group The Kingdom Choir.

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SAY HELLO TO ROB PASCOE
4/23/18

 

Virgin EMI President Ted Cockle has given the Rob Pascoe the keys to the executive loo and the company Jaguar by promoting the radio promotions exec to General Manager of Virgin EMI.He is an outstanding all-round executive who has become progressively more influential in the careers of so many of our artists,” Cockle said.

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FAE'S GRACEY JOINS SONY U.K.
4/16/18

Cassandra Gracey has joined Sony Music U.K. as President of its newly launched creative division, 4th Floor Creative Group. Gracey joins after 15 years at First Access Entertainment where she was most recently EVP of U.K. and Europe, working closely with Sugababes, Conor Maynard, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora and the recently departed Ellie Goulding.

4th Floor Creative Group merges the brands, sync, insight, creative and digital departments at Sony Music U.K., offering artists an “all-encompassing perspective in order to accomplish their creative vision in an ever changing and complex digital landscape.”

In her new role, Gracey reports to label CEO Jason Iley, who said: “I’ve always wanted to work with Cassandra, who is a highly respected, dynamic executive and I’m delighted she has agreed to join the management team at Sony Music U.K. Her huge personality, determination and creative vision are a huge asset to our company.”

 

U.K. CHARTS: GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
4/13/18

King of streaming Drake has risen to the top of the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart to claim his fourth #1 and second this year with surprise track “Nice for What” (Island). Over on albums, Kylie has her sixth chart-topper and first with BMG, Golden. Golden finished 13k combined sales ahead of its nearest rival, The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic).

Despite entering at #8 midweek, “Nice for What” rocketed to the top thanks to streaming. The second highest new entry on singles this week is “One Kiss” (Columbia) by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa at #3. It was a close race between the Top 3 tracks with just over 2k sales separating them all. Last week’s #1, “Freaky Friday” (BMG) by Lil Dicky and Chris Brown, moves down to #2.

Midweek #1, “Dreams” (Polydor) by The Voice winner Ruti, has plunged down to #14 after an initial sales rush.

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U.K. LABEL INCOME ROSE 10.6% IN 2017
4/11/18

Income earned by British record labels from the sale of recorded music grew 10.6% last year to £839.4m, a return to 2010 levels according to trade body BPI. Last year’s rise was driven by streaming subscriptions and a continued vinyl revival, as well as a number of homegrown success stories.

The number is published within the BPI’s annual All About The Musicreport. It delves deeper into the £1.108b figure reported by the Entertainment Retailer’s Associationin January by defining how much of that went into record label coffers.

The 10.6% rise is the fastest rate of growth since the height of Britpop in ’95. Total income, however, remains nearly one third lower than the British industry's peak year in 2001 when income topped £1.2b. 

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TGIF AT BBC RADIO 1
4/11/18

BBC Radio 1 has shaken up its weekend scheduling to further entice the youth market with a new three-day program that starts a day earlier on Friday. That means the famous Breakfast Show, hosted by Nick Grimshaw, has been cut down to four days, with Dev and Alice Levine to take over morning hosting duties on the fifth day.

Following that, a Radio 1’s Greatest Hits slot will be presented by Maya Jama, and Saturdays singer Mollie King joins Matt Edmondson for a Friday afternoon slot. The usual chart show presented by Scott Mills follows. 

“Growing new young audiences for the BBC and developing new talent for the industry is what I want Radio 1 to be famous for, alongside its mainstay of breaking new U.K. artists,” station Controller Ben Cooper said. “The three ambitions though are symbiotic. Radio 1 can keep attracting new audiences if it keeps making noise and trying new things with presenters that reflect youth culture and that are passionate about the new music they play.

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U.K. CHARTS: IT'S A FREAKY FRIDAY
4/6/18

Lil Dicky has scored a relatively fast rise to #1 in Blighty with “Freaky Friday” f/Chris Brown (BMG) climbing four spots to top the Official Singles Chart on 4.6m streams in the three weeks since release. Over on albums, The Weeknd is today’s highest new entry with My Dear Melancholy (Island) entering at #3.

“Freaky Friday” first charted at #16 and rose to #5 last week. It’s Dicky’s first U.K. #1—he hasn’t had much traction in Blighty before now—and Brown’s second.

The highest new singles entry this week is The Weeknd with “Call Out My Name” at #7, “Try Me” at #17 and “Wasted Times” at #18. He might have had even more tracks in the Top 40 if last year’s singles chart rules hadn’t come into play, which limit one artist to three entries in the Top 100 at any one time.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SHOWMAN SOARS
4/3/18

The Greatest Showman mania is still in full swing in the U.K. with the soundtrack (Atlantic) set for its 12th week at #1 on the Official Albums Chart, while breakout hit “This is Me” by Keala Settle has leapt to #1 from #8 on Official Singles midweeks thanks to a few high profile TV performances. The Weeknd has the highest new entries on both charts.

The singles top spot is still to play as “These Days” (Asylum) by Rudimental is just 14 sales behind "This is Me" at #2.

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