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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/16a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/16a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
PTX UNWRAPS XMAS BEST OF, TOUR
Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Blighty Beat
CAA UPS THREE TRAINEES TO AGENT
9/16/19

CAA announced on Monday that it has promoted three trainees to agent. Out of the London office, Anthony Brown has been elevated to Agent in CAA's Touring division, which booked more than 32,000 music and comedy dates in 2018. Brown will continue to operate from the London hub. 

Jesse Heussner and Erika Ruiz have been promoted to Agents in CAA Sports’ Basketball department, which reps more than 75 All-Star and emerging NBA players, including 46 first-round Draft selections, 58 All-Star player appearances, and 40 All-NBA selections. Heussner will continue to be based in the agency’s New York office, with Ruiz in Los Angeles. 

 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: FENDER AMPED
9/16/19

There’s another British breakthrough act making waves in the U.K. as the debut from Sam Fender, Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor), rockets toward #1, outselling the entire Top 5 combined. Over on singles, the trio of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey is heading for the top.

BRITs Critics Choice winner Fender sits 21k combined sales ahead of his closest competitor, Post Malone’s  Hollywood’s Bleeding (Island), at the halfway stage.

Emeli Sande is on track for a third Top 10 album with Real Life (Virgin EMI) at #4, followed by The PixiesBeneath the Eyrie (Infectious) at #5.

The Lumineers are new at #6 with their third album, III (Decca), Korn’s The Nothing (Roadrunner) is just behind at #7 and Charli XCX’s Charli (Atlantic) starts at #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Grande, Cyrus and Del Rey’s “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Polydor/RCA/Republic) is in the lead for #1 on Friday.

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U.K. CHARTS: HOLLYWOOD HIGH
9/13/19

Post Malone has scored his second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Hollywood’s Bleeding (Island) finishing with double the combined sales of his closest competitor. Elsewhere, new Sony rapper Aitch is #3 on albums and #2 on singles.

Hollywood’s Bleeding joins Malone’s 2018 album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, in hitting the top spot, while Ed Sheeran stays at #2 this week with No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic).

Manchester rapper Aitch has been in development since signing to Sony U.K. label Since 93 last year. He’s new at #3 today with second EP, AitcH20, while his latest single, “Taste (Make it Shake),” continues to climb the Official Singles Chart, moving up one place to #2. 

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ROWE OPENS KYOTO
9/11/19

Veteran live music exec Glen Rowe has launched a new management company, KYOTO, along with a recording and rehearsal studio on a 22-acre farm just outside of London. London band King Nun and singer-songwriters Mercy and Sian Kelly are the first signings.

Rowe, who has spent his career touring with artists such as Muse, Manic Street Preachers, The Streets and The Thrills, aims to provide artists, especially guitar bands, a place to take time to develop. The full-service firm is designed to support all aspects of an artist’s early career and includes guidance with A&R, performance, design and digital, publishing and all areas of marketing. Its team consists of Project Manager Fleur Roberts-Hunt, Studio Engineer/A&R James Grant, Head of Touring and Legal Francoise Haralamb and Creative Director Eva Boursier.

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YMU GROWS WITH GREGOREK
9/11/19

YMU Group has appointed Anna Gregorek to lead a new brand partnerships division in London as Commercial Director. She joins the management company after five years at Warner Music Group, where she worked on campaigns for Dua LipaCharli XCXGorillaz and Rudimental amongst others, and with brands NikeAdidasReebok and Xbox.

She reports directly to Iain Watt, who was brought on as Managing Director of YMU’s U.K. music division after the acquisition of his Machine Management last year.

In her new role, Gregorek will be responsible for all commercial opportunities across the YMU Music roster, which includes Years & YearsClean BanditTake ThatSteve AokiMikaFriendly Fires and JNR Williams. She is tasked with developing long-term strategic plans for all artists, with a focus on brand partnerships, licensed ranges, ambassador campaigns, corporate events and merchandise.

“Anna’s appointment is key to delivering stronger brand and commercial opportunities and a better depth of service for our clients,” Watt said. She will be a key part of our senior management team helping us grow the commercial team and the business as a whole.”

SPINNUP UK UPSTREAMS TO UMOD
9/9/19

Spinnup, the global digital distribution platform originally launched in Sweden by UMG in 2013, has accelerated its presence in the UK by partnering with Universal Music On Demand (UMOD). The UK label will establish new ventures and partnerships, along with increasing the distribbery's breadth of service and attracting new users. 

The platform has become the go-to place for artists taking their first steps in the biz, and allows artists to distribute their music to all major streaming platforms while maintaining 100% of their rights and royalties. 

Unique to the platform, Spinnup also operates as a cutting-edge A&R tool with the team at UMOD constantly listening to new music uploaded. The label has a growing team dedicated to spotting hot tracks bubbling up and has already announced their first artist signings discovered via the platform: London-based Nigerian afro-pop solo act A.T, indie singer-songwriter Devon from The Forest of Dean, and Italian house producer Manuel Costa.

Simon Barnabas, Managing Director, UMOD says, “The UMOD team are combining their wealth of artist marketing campaign experience and deep understanding of track data analysis with promoting this innovative platform for distributing brand new talent; ultimately aiming to identify and sign the very best to the label. UMOD are then partnering with these exceptional artists to build a successful music industry career together.” 

Next up will see the launch of the Spinnup Academy—an educational visual content series featuring senior industry experts, helping users understand the fundamentals of their area of the music business. 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: MALONE MANIA
9/9/19

Post Malone is leading an all new Top 3 on the U.K.’s Official Albums midweeks today with Hollywood’s Bleeding (Island) currently outselling closest rival, Status Quo, by 2:1. He has the highest new entry on singles, too, starting at #7 with the album’s title track.

Over on the U.K.'s Official singles midweeks, Malone has three tracks in the Top 10 with “Circles” rising to #4 from #11, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” new in at #7 and “Saint Tropez” starting at #9.

Status Quo are on course for their 25th Top 10 with Backbone (Ear Music) at #2, followed by British rapper Aitch, who has fast become a priority act for Sony U.K., with his second EP, Aitch20 (Since 93), at #3.

Other new entrants include Melanie Martinez with her second studio album, K-12 (Atlantic), at #6, while Jax Jones EP Snacks rises 10 places to #9 following the release of its full-length edition, Snacks (Supersize) (Polydor), on Friday.

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U.K. CHARTS: REY'S F*#!ING #1
9/6/19

Lana Del Rey registered her fourth U.K. #1 album as Norman F**king Rockwell (Polydor) shoots to the top slot in its debut week. Ed Sheeran, who has the #2 album, continues to rule the singles side of the Official U.K. Chart thanks to a new remix.

Del Rey finished with 12,000 more sales than Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic). Two-thirds of her tally came from physical sales; No 6 Collaborations Project is the week's most streamed album.

Tool returns to the Official Albums Chart for the first time in more than 13 years, with Fear Inoculum (Music for Nations) going in at #4, while the 25th anniversary reissue of Oasis' debut Definitely Maybe (Big Brother) lands at #6.

The solo debut from Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, The S.L.P. (Sony), is #7 followed by British rapper Kano’s Hoodies All Summer (Parlophone) at #8. Sheryl Crow returns to the Top 10 for the first time in 16 years with her final album Threads (Big Machine) at #10.

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