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BOLDEN EMBOLDENED BY WBR PROMOTION
Eesean upped to SVP. He's Pumped. (10/15a)
A TOP 20 IS BORN
Movie/OST looking more and more like a cultural phenomenon. (10/11a)
I.B. BAD: BUNDLE THIS
The latest scuttlebutt from the front lines (10/16a)
PARMALEE AIDS STORM RELIEF EFFORTS
Music for a good cause. (10/15a)
CITY OF HOPE HONORS BIG JON: "THE OBAMA OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY"
Black tie, if you please. (10/12a)
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
SONGWRITER ORG OPPOSES SONY DEAL
10/1/18

British songwriter and composer body BASCA has joined independent music association IMPALA in opposing Sony’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing as the deal undergoes scrutiny from the European Commission. The body raised concerns over a “Sony super-power” halting the progression of what they term “a balanced, diverse and competitive online marketplace for music.”

Last week, Sony completed its filing for the proposed takeover of EMI and the European Commission is now undertaking an initial assessment on the impact of the merger. It has 25 days to complete the study.

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U.K. CHARTS: EM'S RULE CONTINUES
9/28/18

Eminem and the Greatest Showman soundtrack have denied independent French act Christine and the Queens a #1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. Their second album, Chris (Because Music), charts at #3 while Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice see a 670% sales surge for Visions of a Life (Dirty Hit), which rises to #15.

Eminem has spent a fourth consecutive week at #1 with Kamikaze (Polydor), followed by the Greatest Showman at #2. The second highest new entry behind Christine—who previously peaked at #2 with her debut, Chaleur Humaine—is Slash f/Myles Kennedywith Living the Dream (Roadrunner) at #4.

Suede complete the Top 5 with The Blue Hour (Rhino) at #5, and a Prince demos and rarities album, Piano & A Microphone 1983, enters at #12.

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WOLF ALICE WINS MERCURY PRIZE
9/21/18

Wolf Alice were crowned winners of 2018's Mercury Prize in London last night for their second album on Jamie Oborne’s Dirty Hit label, Visions of a Life. The band accepted the prize with a big FU to an industry exec who didn’t get their schtick early on.

Politically charged singer and songwriter Nadine Shah had been the bookies’ favorite on the night, ahead of Jorja SmithSons of KemetKing Krule, Wolf Alice and Arctic Monkeys.

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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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