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TWO JEWS CHEW ON
THE GRAMMYS
Pass me a knish. (5/24a)
SONY STARS SET
HITS LIST ABLAZE
They're fire. (5/24a)
THE IVORS 2019: ALL THE WINNERS
Theresa May wasn't even on the shortlist. (5/24a)
CROSSCURRENTS: HITSVILLE USA
A Berry important chapter of the story (5/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: PLAYOFF FEVER
We're in a generational moment. (5/24a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: STORMZY STREAMS TO #1
5/3/19

Stormzy has shot straight in at #1 on the U.K’s Official Singles Chart with “Vossi Bop” (Merky/Atlantic) on more than 94k combined sales, claiming the second biggest opening week for a single this year. Over on albums, P!nk claims the top spot.

Stormzy’s first new single since 2017 has the biggest week of streams ever for a rapper in Blighty with 12.7m, smashing Drake’s record with “In My Feelings” (Island) by more than 2m. “Vossi Bop” also claims the fifth biggest streaming week of all time. Only Ariana Grande has beaten Stormzy’s first week sales record, with “7 Rings” (Island), which opened with 126k in January.

Taylor Swift f/Brandon Urie’s “Me!” (Virgin EMI) has charted at #3, her ninth Top 5 hit in the U.K. Last week’s #1, “Old Town Road” (RCA) by Lil Nas X, drops to #2.

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PRS RATE HIKE SPARKS FURY
5/2/19

British PRO PRS for Music has announced an admin rate hike for royalty collections, igniting fury amongst the Featured Artists Coalition and the Music Managers Forum, who accuse the PRO of penalizing songwriters for its own business blunders.

From October’s distribution onward, fees charged on international collections will double for some of the biggest music markets, while Sweden and New Zealand will rise to 8% from 3%. For royalties collected by U.S. societies, the new rates are 2% (from 1%), and for societies where PRS collects more than £10m annually, the rates will be 4%. For all other markets, the fees are 8%. Admin rates on royalties earned from TV and radio have risen by 0.5%, while public performance rates are up 3%.

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SPOTIFY GROWS IN LONDON
4/17/19

Spotify has added London to the list of places it has a major tech center, opening a Research and Development hub within its new office in the swanky Adelphi Building. The R&D center joins similar operations in the U.S. and Sweden.

Daniel Ek’s company plans to more than double its London staff this year to 550 from 260.  The streaming service looks to hire across the fields of engineering, product, design, data, research and insights. Its move to Adelphi, which is located near the Strand, will allow it to expand its workforce in Blighty overall across 100k sq. ft. and five floors of office space. Spotify's wider London workforce, who currently work in Soho, will move over to the new space later in 2019.

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A BLUEPRINT FOR PODCAST PROMO
4/17/19

Blueprint Radio has launched a specialized division to pitch musicians as guests on podcasts, having already worked Tom Odell, Freya Ridings, Professor Green and Kioko. Next stop is the States.

Chris Slade, a former radio promo exec and at Alchemy Radio and EMI Records, founded Bluprint Radio and is a director of Blueprint Pods along with podcast specialist Sophie Paluch.

“Internationally we know podcasts can reach audiences of millions and it helps they are not subject to location restrictions like a lot of other online content,” Paluch said. “Placing artists within the huge world of American podcasts is an excellent opportunity to introduce talent into the U.S. market.”

Blueprint Pods is said to be the U.K.’s first podcast-led plugging service, and works closely with hosts, brands, producers and curators, as well as hosting platforms such as Audioboom and A-Cast.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: A MAP TO #1
4/15/19

BTS are set to become the first Korean act to chart at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart with Map of the Soul: Persona (BigHit) leading the way by more than 10k combined sales midweek. Over on singles, Lil Nas X has overtaken Lewis Capaldi with “Old Town Road” (RCA) moving up to claim first place.

The midweek sales for the EP Map of the Soul are already more than the first week sales of BTS’ previous three albums combined, which all reached Top 20.

The Chemical Brothers sit behind at #2 with ninth studio album, No Geography (Virgin), while Dogrel (Partisan) from Irish post-punk group Fontaines D.C. is the third highest new entry at #4.

On the U.K.'s Official Singles midweeks, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (Columbia) has overtaken long-running #1, Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” (Virgin EMI), which moves down to #2.

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U.K. CHARTS: WEEK 2 AT #1 FOR BILLIE
4/12/19

Billie Eilish logs a second week atop the U.K. Official Albums Chart as Khalid’s Free Spirit (Right Hand/RCA) slides in at #2 in its first week. Lil Nas X has to settle for #2 on the singles chart.

Last week, when  When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope) hit #1, Eilish became the youngest female artist to have a #1 album, besting previous record-holder Joss Stone by two months. Stone’s album, Mind Body & Soul, was #1 for only one week so, theoretically, Eilish has set yet another record.

Mike + The Mechanics’ Out Of The Blue (BMG) debuts at #7, claiming the highest physical sales of the week. Circa Waves’ third album What’s It Like Over There? (Prolifica) lands at #10; it’s their second Top 10 album.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: BILLIE HOLDS ON
4/8/19

Billie Eilish is looking at a second week at #1 on the U.K. Official Album Charts as When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope) sits 3,500 combined sales ahead of newcomer Out Of The Blue by Mike & The Mechanics.

Out Of The Blue (BMG) is currently leading the way on physical sales and if they hold their position, it will be their highest charting album since The Living Years reached #2 in 1988. Khalid’s Free Spirit (Right Hand/RCA) is offering a challenge, though, sitting just 700 combined sales behind Blue at #3.

On the singles side, the original version of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (Columbia) looks like it will make a significant leap into the Top 5 from #39. It is sitting at #4, surging since the release of a remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

The top two are looking to go unchanged: Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” (Virgin EMI) at #1 for a seventh and Eilish's “Bad Guy” at #2.

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U.K. CHARTS: BILLIE BREAKS RECORDS
4/5/19

Billie Eilish has become the youngest female solo act to top the Official Albums Chart with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Polydor) shifting 48k combined sales. Over on singles, she’s also got the highest new entry at #2 with “Bad Guy.”

Eilish, 17, has claimed the youngest female record by being just over two months younger than Joss Stone was when she reached the top with her second album in 2004. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is also the biggest debut album from an international artist to top the Official Chart since Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die in January 2012.

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