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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/17a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
Blighty Beat
MISCH MESHES WITH UMPG
8/17/17

To celebrate the signing of 21-year-old London artist Tom Misch, photos of his parents’ record collection were beamed behind him on a wall at Universal Music Publishing Group. He’s written with Loyle CarnerCarmodyNovelist and Will Heard, has 80m streams to his name and has a debut album on the way. Cracking open the rose are, from left, UMPG’s Pete Simmons, manager Duncan Murray of Playlist Agency, Misch, and UMPG’s Caroline Elleray and Mark Gale

MANCHESTER REUNITES FOR ARENA OPENING
8/16/17

Manchester Arena will re-open on 9/9 with a benefit concert headlined by acts hailing from the north side of Blighty, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Courteeners, Blossoms and ‘80s heartthrob Rick Astley. Gallagher, if you remember, was chastised by brother Liam for not playing One Love Manchester in June, despite not being booked for the show.

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RATING THE BRITS
8/16/17

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is enjoying a prime debut year as head of Sony label Columbia in the U.K. with four #1 albums, half of which were debuts, and two #1 singles under his belt so far. Which got us thinking, how does that compare with the label’s track record? And how are the new leaders of the Universal label he left behind, Polydor, faring?

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NEW U.K. DEALS: CROSSING BORDERS
8/15/17

Warner/Chappell Music UK MD Mike Smith, left, shocks Peter Loraine of Fascination Management with his encyclopedic knowledge of Banarama B-sides after signing Siobhan Fahey as a songwriting client.

Warner/Chappell U.K. has signed a worldwide deal with ‘80s hit writer Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama fame; New York band Cigarettes After Sex are joining the Blue Raincoat Artists roster; and BMG has inked a deal with Swedish pop act Loreen.

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BBC REVISITS THE '80S FOR CHARITY
8/15/17

The BBC is staging an ‘80s-themed fundraising concert in London at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on 10/19 to aid Children in Need. Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Jason Donovan,Louisa Johnson and OMD are among the performers.

BBC Children in Need Rocks the 80s is being held to celebrate the decade in which the first major appeal took place for BBC Children in Need. Other acts on the bill include UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, Europe, Imagination, Nick Heyward and Katrina Leskanich from Katrina and The Waves. Fearne Cotton and Sara Cox will take on hosting duties and more acts will be announced soon.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: DUA LIPA, P!NK IN A DUEL
8/14/17

Dua Lipa and P!nk are battling it out for the #1 spot on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart this week. 

P!nk is the highest riser on singles with “What About Us” (RCA) entering at #2 after charting at #83 on Friday during its first 24 hours on sale. Dua Lipa is just 512 combined sales ahead at #1 with “New Rules” (Warner Bros.), which has been scaling the Top 100 for five weeks. Should either of them emerge victor by Friday, they'll be the first female solo act to top the Official Chart in the U.K. in almost two years—the last was Adele with “Hello” in 2015.

Elvis Presley returns to #1 on albums with Sony Music CG’s third release by the King in three years, The 50 Greatest Hits. It's another close call, however, as Ed Sheeran sits less than 200 combined sales behind at midway stage.

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U.K. CHARTS: GLEN'S FANS SAY ADIOS 
8/11/17

Fans are honouring the late Glen Campbell with his final studio album, Adios (UMC), reaching a new peak of #2 today. Ed Sheeran spends his 15th non-consecutive run at #1 with ÷ (Atlantic) on just shy of 10k sales. It’s the lowest-selling week of 2017 for a #1 album.

On the singles side, Calvin Harris has secured his eighth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart as “Feels” (Columbia) ends the latest reign of “Despacito” (Polydor) at the helm. 

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DOWNTOWN BOLSTERS LONDON OFFICE
8/11/17

Downtown has secured two big hires in Blighty as former Sony/ATV VP of A&R, Daniel Lloyd Jones, joins as SVP, Global Creative Services and Head of U.K. A&R, while Jacque O’Leary leaves behind her role as Creative Director at Roc Music Publishing for a Senior A&R Manager title.


Jones and O’Leary will be based at Downtown’s London office with Downtown Music UK MD Roberto Neri, reports MBW.

Jones spent five years at Sony/ATV and was brought over from EMI as part of the acquisition in 2012. During his tenure at the publisher, he signed and worked with Sigrid, Stefflon Don, Pendulum, Taio Cruz, Plan B and PJ Harvey. He also manages Pixie Geldof.

O’Leary joined Roc Nation’s publishing JV with Warner/Chappell in 2015 and previously worked at Sony/ATV and EMI. She is tasked with signing new songwriting talent and developing Downtown’s roster of songwriters, producers and artists in Blighty.

Andrew Bergman
, Downtown Chief Operating Officer, said: “We have no doubt [Daniel and Jacque] will add tremendous value to our extraordinary roster of songwriters, artists and producers.

“The U.K. continues to be one of the most vibrant music markets in the world, and Justin and I are especially thrilled to have them join Roberto Neri in our London office where our mission has been to develop a world-class client services offering.”