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iHEARTRADIO AWARDS:
SPREADING THE LOVE
We've got winners. (3/15a)
HITS LIST IS RADIOACTIVE
It's dialed in. (3/15a)
THE ROOTS OF ROCK &
SOUL, SONG BY SONG:
REAPING THE HARVEST
Ready to shake, rattle and roll? (3/15a)
SONG REVENUE CHART:
MONTE IS MONEY
Location, location, location. (3/15a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
ALLEN GRUBMAN
A high-flying legal eagle (3/15a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MARKETSHARE
But it is, really. Isn't it?
WHAT IF I DON'T STREAM?
First of all, don't panic.
WHO ORDERED THIS PIZZA?
Seriously, come get it now or we're eating it.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: DAVE WINS THE RACE
3/15/19

British rapper Dave has emerged victorious in an incredibly close chart battle with Foals. His debut, Psychodrama (Neighbourhood), topped Foals’ Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost–Part 1 (Warner Bros.) by just 279 combined sales.

Dave’s triumph was largely won on 23.6m streams, which make up 79% of the final sales figure of more than 26k combined sales. 

Foals’ Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost–Part 1 is their fourth album to reach Top 5. Dido is #3 with her fifth studio album and first in six years, Still On My Mind (BMG), followed by Sigrid with her debut, Sucker Punch (Island), at #4. Further down, Paul Weller also makes a Top 10 debut with his new live album, Other Aspects–Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Parlophone), at #10.

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UMPG LIFTS LIOUTIKOFF
3/13/19

Jody Gerson has promoted Alexandra Lioutikoff to President, Latin America and U.S. Latin, for Universal Music Publishing Group. Lioutikoff becomes the first female president of Latin America and U.S. Latin for a major music publishing company.

Lioutikoff, who joined the company in 2016, will continue to be responsible for the growth and development of U.S. Latin and Latin American territories for the company, overseeing operations across 19 countries and building UMPG’s Latin songwriter roster.

“In the three years she’s been with our company, she’s completely transformed the region creatively and the financial results are unprecedented,” said Gerson, UMPG’s Chairman and CEO.

Previously EVP of Latin Music, Lioutikoff led the signings of Romeo Santos, Anitta, Roc Nation Latin Publishing and many others.

 Prior to Universal, she was ASCAP’s head of the Latin membership department where she expanded operations to include urban and Latin rock, helped lead a major reorganization of the Puerto Rico office and developed five Latin offices.

 Last year she received the Ralph S Peer Publishers Award from the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Latin music is finally being recognized and celebrated globally, and I’m honored to be leading UMPG’s Latin efforts to partner with the some of the best songwriters and producers in the world,” Lioutikoff said.

U.K. MIDWEEKS: BRITS ARE BACK
3/11/19

The British music scene has truly woken up out of a slump, with Foals on course to claim their first Official Albums #1 on Friday with Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost–Part 1 (Warner Bros.), while new releases from Sigrid, Dido and Dave start in the Top 5.

At the midweek stage, Foals are currently ahead of Sigrid by 2k combined sales and are on course to better their previous peak of #2, reached with Holy Fire in 2013.

Norwegian artist Sigrid, who has been signed and developed in the U.K. by Island, starts at #2 with her debut, Sucker Punch, while Dido sits just 136 combined sales behind at #3 with her first album in six years, Still On My Mind (BMG). Of those three, Foals lead on physical, Sigrid on streaming and Dido on downloads.

Last week’s #1, Tom Walker’s What a Time To Be Alive (Relentless), moves down to #4, and newcomer rapper Dave starts at #5 with his debut, Psychodrama (Neighbourhood).

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GENDER INEQUITY CHANGES SLOWLY
3/8/19

 

New figures from U.K. PRO PRS for Music reveal that just 17% of its songwriter and composer members are female, a stat which has risen from 13% in 2011, signaling slow progress in the music business when it comes to addressing gender disparity.

Of the top 20 highest earning songwriters and music composers in the U.K. last year, only one was female. Overall, there were more than 1,000 women registered as working songwriters and composers in 2018, which is the same number as in 2017.

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U.K. CHARTS: IT'S WALKER'S TIME
3/4/19

BRITs British Breakthrough winner Tom Walker could be the first artist to enter straight in at #1 in the U.K. with a debut album in nearly two years. What a Time to be Alive (Relentless) is sitting at the top of the midweek Official Albums Chart on 25k combined sales so far. Over on singles, The Jonas Brothers have the highest new entry.

Sixty-four percent of Walker’s sales are physical. Should it hold onto its midweek lead, Walker will be the first act to chart at #1 with a debut album since Harry Styles hit the top in May 2017. Stormzy  was the last new act with no prior recordings to debut at the top; he did it in March 2017. 

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U.K. CHARTS: CAPALDI CLIMBS TO #1
3/1/19

Developing UMG act Lewis Capaldi has scored his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart with “Someone You Loved” (Virgin EMI) taking pole position on 58k combined sales nine weeks after it first entered the Top 100. Over on albums, Giggs is the highest new entry at #6.

Capaldi’s highest singles position to date was the #26 that previous single “Grace” charted at earlier in February; it rises to #24 today. Both songs are from his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which arrives on 5/17.

After a close battle, Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Giant” (Columbia) settles for second place, finishing 1.9k combined sales behind Lewis, while last week’s #1, “7 Rings” (Island) by Ariana Grande, slips to #4.

P!nk claims this week’s highest new entry with “Walk Me Home” (RCA) at #8, while Tom Walker’s “Just You & I” (Relentless) rises nine to #10  following his BRITs British Breakthrough win.

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BRITS UP ON DIGITAL, DOWN ON TV
2/28/19

The BRIT Awards ceremony on 2/20 had its highest online view count ever, with the YouTube live stream up 160% to 3.98m views. The TV broadcast, however, dipped by 900k to reach its lowest audience since 2006. 

The international YouTube broadcast added an additional 2.45m views on 2018’s figure, recording the highest viewing number since the show began live streaming in 2014.

Those tuning into British TV channel ITV reached 4.5m. It was the most-watched program for 16- to 34-year-olds this year with a 42% share of that age group.

All BRITs social accounts rose 12%, up to 3.37m from 3m thanks to a robust digital campaign that included the YT live stream, an online after-party, influencer program, Facebook red carpet live stream (5.9m views across five days), campaigns on Instagram (story views up 46% YoY) and Twitter (750k total tweets, up 224%), and hundreds of gifs thanks to GIPHY (helping to reach total views of 96.2m), plus partner activity with Snapchat, Jungle Creations and TikTok.

 

PENNIES ON THE POUND FOR HMV
2/26/19

Sunrise Records paid just £883k ($1.1m) for British retailer HMV, which owed more than £53m after falling into administration in December with creditors expected to face a shortfall of £25m. Meanwhile, deals have been struck with nine stores that were set for closure.

HMV first fell into administration in 2013 with £176m of debt, before restructuring firm Hilco saved it in a deal that was worth a reported £40m. The price Sunrise paid is mostly for stock and cash in the business, according to a report in the Financial Times.

When the deal was first announced, 27 HMV stores were set to be closed, including the flagship London branch on Oxford Street. Five of those 27 have since been reopened after striking deals with landlords, and four more are set to do the same while Sunrise owner Doug Putman continues negotiating with other landlords.