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McCARROLL PRIMED FOR GIG AT AMAZON MUSIC
He's most excited about the two-day shipping. (2/21a)
THE BRITS: A FIRSTHAND TAKE
Rhian Jones reporting from the O2 Arena (2/23a)
MAXING OUT: WMG
ROLLS AT THE BRITS
Lousada's haul (2/22a)
CINDY MABE HONORED WITH LOUISE SCRUGGS AWARD
Carrying on a proud tradition (2/22a)
PANDORA REVENUE UP 6% IN 2017
All boats still lifting (2/22a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: DAVID DEBUTS AT #2
2/2/18

Craig David has settled for second place on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with The Time is Now (Insanity) as The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) racks up a fourth week at #1. Migos are #4 with Culture II (Quality Control).

The Time is Now follows David’s Sony debut, Following My Intuition, which hit #1 in 2016. Migos are the second highest new entry this week at #4, followed by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa at #7 with Black Coffee (J&R Adventures). 

Machine Head are at #12 with Catharsis (Nuclear Blast) while cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who was crowned BBC Young Musician 2016, becomes the competition's highest charting winner with debut album Inspiration (Decca) new at #18. 

Over on the Official Singles Chart, Drake has scored a second week at #1 with “God’s Plan” (Island) tallying 7.6m streams (more than 50k combined sales) this week. His Migos collaboration “Walk It Talk It” (Quality Control) ends the week at #31 and the second track from his own Scary Hours EP, “Diplomatic Immunity,” is at #36.

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NEW BRITISH ACTS 2018
1/31/18


In the second part of our series looking at music on the way this year from our friends over the pond in Blighty, we take a look at the 10 new British acts showing the most promise of gaining widespread traction. Top of the list is Atlantic star Anne-Marie, Calum Scott (Virgin EMI) and Jorja Smith.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: TIME FOR DAVID
1/29/18

Craig David is the highest new entry on the U.K’s Official Albums midweeks with seventh studio set, The Time is Now (Insanity), currently sitting at #2. Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa are second highest at #4 with Black Coffee (J&R Adventures), while Drake looks set to stay at the top of singles with “God’s Plan” (Island). 

The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) could be in for its fourth week at #1 on albums. Behind Black Coffee, Machine Head start at #5 with Catharsis (Nuclear Blast). Migos are currently #6 with Culture II (Quality Control). 

Over on the Official Singles midweek chart, Drake is on course for a second week at #1, while his Migos collaboration “Walk It Talk It” (Quality Control) is new at #30 and his own “Diplomatic Immunity” is at #36. 

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SYCO HIRES A&R EXEC OVERBURY 
1/29/18

Warner/Chappell U.K. Senior A&R Manager Tom Overbury is leaving the publisher to join the A&R team at Sony imprint Syco.

In his new role at Syco, Overbury will be working with MD Tyler Brown, Head of A&R Anya Jones and Senior A&R Manager Guy Langley. Brown, who was appointed MD a year ago, is focusing on developing acts that are primed for global success.

"Over the last 10 years, we’re always had one global artist on the roster and my ambition is to have three or four of those at the same time," he told us during an interview for the HITS U.K. Special in November. "We’ll do that by working with talented artists who are authentic and who get involved in the songwriting and creative process."

Over the course of three years at Warner/Chappell, where he was hired by former MD Richard Manners, Overbury worked with and signed songwriting production duo Mac & Phil (The ChainsmokersEmeli SandéJames Arthur), songwriter and Syco-signed artist Ina Wroldsen (One DirectionJames ArthurClean Bandit), Jonny Lattimer (Ellie Goulding) and new London band HMLTD (RCA). 

In his role as A&R Manager at BMG, Overbury secured publishing and masters deals with acts including Bring Me the Horizon, You Me At Six and Deaf Havana

Priority acts at Syco this year include Little Mix,  Arthur, Louis Tomlinson, Wroldsen and boy band Pretty Much.

SAY HELLO TO HUMBLE ANGEL
1/26/18

British streaming expert and Warner Music’s former playlist strategist, Kieron Donoghue, has launched the independent record label Humble Angel Records.

Naturally, the label is focusing on releasing music in the streaming world and aims to offer “a better deal for artists” through increased royalty rates, transparency and data.

Humble Angel promises a standard contract that’s “at least double the average of what the major labels are offering in terms of royalty rates” with artists getting paid monthly.

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RETURNING BRITISH ACTS 2018
1/24/18


Which British acts are returning with new music this year? We’re glad you asked, because we’ve got a list here that deserves to be perused, and includes new music from Lily Allen, Muse, Jess Glynne, The Arctic Monkeys, James Bay and The 1975.

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MANAGER JOINS RELENTLESS IN A&R
1/23/18

Sony Music U.K. imprint Relentless Records has hired artist manager and PPL exec Lloyd Murray as A&R Manager. He ran his own management company 88 Entertainment, landing multiple major label, publishing and brand deals for artists and producers including Crazy Cousinz, WiDE AWAKEJay Weathers, and Gina Kushka.

Murray begins his new role immediately, reporting  to Shabs Jobanputra, President of Relentless Records. “His ambition, enthusiasm and forward thinking nature is exactly what the label is all about," Jobanputra said.

The Relentless roster includes Not3sNadia RoseProfessor Green and Tom Walker,  a priority breakout act this year. 

Alongside heading 88 Entertainment, Murray has spent the past five years working for music licensing body PPL. He also previously worked at Columbia as an A&R Scout.

KICKING UP A STORMZY
1/22/18

Last year’s independent breakout star in Blighty, Stormzy, has signed a deal with Atlantic Records U.K. for himself as an artist as well as acts on his own #MERKY imprint.

Stormzy’s debut, Gang Signs & Prayer, was distributed by Warner’s ADA last year and hit #1 on the charts in February. The set is nominated at the BRITs for Album of the Year, while Stormzy is also up for British Male Solo Artist.

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