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YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/14a)
VIRGIN EMI FINDS LOST ONES
Cockle with muscles, alive, alive-oh. (8/14a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/14a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/14a)
FLORA ON THE FLOOR
Le'ts Cash in. (8/14a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: MOVIE MAGIC
7/27/18

Movie soundtracks are having a bit of a moment in the U.K. The ABBA-themed Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor) sells 35k combined copies to reach #1 on the Official Albums Chart and with the Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) at #2, it's the first time since 1978 that the Top 2 albums spots have been taken by film soundtracks in Blighty.

Over on compilations, the 100th edition of NOW That’s What I Call Music (Universal/Sony) becomes the fastest-selling album of 2018. And Drake stays on top of singles.

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2018 MERCURY PRIZE CONTENDERS
7/26/18

The shortlist of 12 British albums up for 2018's Hyundai Mercury Music Prize has been revealed, with XL Records appearing twice among eight independent entries, Universal counting two and Sony and Warner one apiece. Who’s the bookies’ favourite?

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DYBALL DEPARTING MPA GROUP
7/25/18

After five years in the job, Jane Dyball will step down as CEO of the U.K.’s Music Publishers Association Group next year. The British publishing exec previously spent 20 years at Warner/Chappell Music.

During her tenure at MPA Group, Dyball has brought three companies under one roof—Music Publishers Association, Mechanical Copyright Protection Society and Printed Music Licensing. She has steered MCPS in its first few years as a standalone business that has paid down more than £16m debt, revamped the MPA service to its members, and developed new licensing schemes at PMLL.

During the remaining months of her tenure, Dyball will see through the review of MCPS’s membership agreement and Strategic Licensing review.

“It’s always hard to know when to leave because there is always more to do, and these companies have a really great future,” Dyball said. “However, I have either completed or set in motion everything on the ‘to do’ list that I wrote on my first day and it seemed the right time to move on.”

MPA Chair Jackie Alway said, “Jane has been a force for good at the MPA for the last four years, driving innovation and positive change. The MPA Group of companies has been brought together and rendered streamlined and efficient.

“On her watch, the MPA has gained student members, a young members group, extended training and education events, policy updates for members and fantastic summer and Christmas parties.”

 

A NEW DAWN AT RCA U.K.  
7/24/18

David Dollimore, center, says the future of RCA is in the hands of, from left, Parris O'Loughlin-Hoste, Netanya Pilikian, Whitney Asomani, Sej Jheeta, Ore Olukoga, Tasha Demi, Feo Ogunfidodo and Minnie Harding.

The RCA Records team in London has had a revamp under new President David Dollimore: He has made seven new hires and one promotion that will “define the future” of the Sony U.K. imprint.

Said Dollimore: “I’m delighted to have such an exciting, dynamic, creative team, who not only live and breathe music, but who bring a fresh and diverse skillset to RCA. Their raw passion and hunger for success is infectious—they will define the future of the company.”

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U.K. CELEBRATES THE ALBUM
7/23/18

The Brits have united to declare 10/13 the first ever National Album Day to celebrate the format and promote its relevance in the age of streaming. A week-long series of events and activity supported by BBC Music aims to be an annual fixture of the music industry calendar, much like Record Store Day.

Planned activity will include dedicated BBC Music programming and editorial support, retail events and personal appearances, Classic Album Sundays LP playbacks, artist interviews/fan Q&As, and online listening parties. A social media campaign (@AlbumDayUK and #NationalAlbumDay) will invite people to nominate and share the album that has most inspired them. At 3.33pm on 10/13, fans, stores, radio stations and public spaces will be invited to play their favourite album in full.

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U.K. CHARTS: DRAKE RULES
7/20/18
 

Drake has scored a hat trick with “In My Feelings” (Island) earning him a third U.K. Official Singles #1 this year on 91k combined sales—88% of which come from streaming. He’s also #1 on albums with Scorpion for a third week.

Justin Bieber was the last artist to score three #1 singles in a year in Blighty; it was in 2015. “In My Feelings” earned 8.8m streams this last week and was boosted by viral video-based dance craze #DoTheShiggy.

Ariana Grande has the highest new singles entry with “God is a Woman” (Island) starting at #4. The second highest new track is Childish Gambino’s “Summertime Magic” (Columbia) at #30.

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U.K. MARKETSHARE: H1 2018
7/18/18

How are the British major labels faring marketshare wise at 2018's halfway point? Year-on-year, Universal is up, and Sony and Warner are down, while the independent sector—including “fourth major” BMG—is up by 2.6%.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: DRAKE DANCES TO #1
7/16/18

Thanks in part to viral video-based dance craze #DoTheShiggy, Drake’s “In My Feelings” (Island) has risen to #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, where Ariana Grande looks set to claim the highest new entry at #5. Over on albums, that title is currently held by The Vamps at #1.

If “In My Feelings” holds onto its position come Friday, the track will become Drake’s fifth U.K. #1, three of which have been claimed in 2018 alone.

Grande is currently #5 with “God is a woman” (Island), while 5 Seconds of Summer have risen three places to #8 with “Youngblood” (Capitol). Tiesto f/Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone’s “Jackie Chan” (Virgin EMI) is also up two places to #10. Further down, Childish Gambino starts at #31 with “Summertime Magic” (Columbia).

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