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DAILY BEAST: AMATO PUSHED OUT OVER HARASSMENT CHARGES
Not a good look. (7/16a)
I.B. BAD: BROADWAY TO MAD AVE.
Building a new Arista. (7/17a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/17a)
QUEEN TO GRAMMYS: WE WON’T ROCK YOU
But other honorees will. (7/16a)
MIRANDIZED
Includes a Holly Gleason sighting. (7/16a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
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. 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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THEY DO PR (AND RADIO)
7/16/18

There’s a new London-based radio plugging company and PR firm in town as former inside/out publicist Dan Carson and ex-Warner Bros. plugger Liv Whitton launch They Do PR.

Carson brings with him a roster that includes Nilüfer Yanya, Atlantic's Matt Maltese, Domino signings Sorry, Glassnote duo IDER, and hotly tipped Selhurst band black midi. Whilst at Warner Bros., Whitton worked with Muse, Ten Tonnes and the resurgent Johnny Marr.

"Liv and I are truly delighted to be pooling our collective knowledge into one exciting new offering,” Carson said. “Press and radio are still the conversation starters and key cornerstones of all great campaigns—and that rings true for both emerging and established artists. We're so pleased to be able to offer our clients tailored services in both worlds right from the off."

Whitton added: "We are both young, driven, passionate and already highly experienced in our respective roles. There's absolutely a gap in the market for a promotions team as hungry to break new artists as ourselves, and we're ready to step up to the plate and bring fresh ideas to music PR as a whole."

 

U.K. CHARTS: IT STILL CAME HOME
7/13/18

Despite England being knocked out of the World Cup final thanks to fierce competition from Croatia on Wednesday, football anthem “Three Lions” (Epic) has ended the week at #1 on the U.K. Official Singles Chart with 80k combined sales. Over on albums, Drake continues to claim the top spot.

“Three Lions” shifted 43k sales, 6.8m audio streams and 5.2m video streams over the last seven days, adding to a total all-time sales tally of 1.6m since its release in 1996.

Drake is the highest new entry with “In My Feelings” (Island) at #4.

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HIPGNOSIS ROCKS STOCK EXCHANGE
7/11/18

Nile Rodgers performed a gig at the London Stock Exchange today—bet you never thought you’d read that—to celebrate the floatation of Hipgnosis Songs Fund, helmed by manager Merck Mercuriadis.

Hipgnosis’ first acquisition is a big one: a 75% interest in the 302-song catalog of four-time Grammy winner The-Dream for $23.75m.

"It’s critical for us to set the highest standards with our first acquisition,” Mercuriadis said. “The-Dream is not only arguably the culturally most important songwriter of his generation, but he has written the marquee songs for the culturally most significant artists of our time including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Jay Z and Kanye West. It’s an honour for this to not only be our first order of business but also to welcome Dream to our Advisory Board. He is a catalyst on so many levels and a big part of our future.”

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: WORLD CUP MANIA
7/10/18

The 22-year-old football  anthem “Three Lions” (Epic) is currently at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart as England heads to the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Over on albums, Years & Years (Polydor) could have a second #1.

Originally released in 1996 when England was the host—and qualified for the semi-finals—of Euro 96, “Three Lions” by BaddielSkinner & Lightning Seeds has shifted 24k downloads and 2.6m streams since Friday. It’s ahead of George Ezra’s “Shotgun” (Columbia) by 8k combined sales at the halfway stage.

Over on the Official Albums midweeks, Years & Years’ second album, Palo Santo, is currently #1. The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) is behind at #2 and Drake’s Scorpion (Island) has dropped to #3.

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WARNER U.K. REVENUES UP 37%
7/5/18

Revenues at Warner Music’s U.K. operation are out of the red after rising 37% last year when Ed Sheeran helped generate turnover of more than £197m, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

Profits rose by 281% to £18.8m for the year ending 9/29 while shareholders’ funds were up 244% to £11m.

The performance exceeds the increase in revenue for the last financial years at Universal and Sony’s British-based operations. UMG U.K. revenues rose by 8.8% to £344m for its financial year ending 12/31, while Sony’s revenues were up 14% to £226.1m for its year ending 3/31 2017.

In 2016, Warner U.K. made a loss of over £10k. Of that £197m, nearly 90% (£177m) was generated in the U.K.

TOP SELLERS: STATE OF PLAY IN U.K.
7/5/18

The U.K.’s best-selling Official Albums and Singles lists of the year so far are in with Warner Music ruling thanks to The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) and six Top 10 singles; Universal has the #1 single with Drake.

There are no new British-born debuts in the Top 40 albums tally, but Sony's George Ezra (Columbia) charts at #3 with his second release, Staying at Tamara’s.

This time last year, debuts from Rag’n’Bone Man and Stormzy had reached #2 and #8 on the best-sellers list, respectively. Alongside Ezra, the only other album released this year from a British act in the Top 10 is Arctic Monkeys withTranquility Base Hotel & Casino (Domino) at #7.

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SPOTIFY'S NEW U.K. MD
7/3/18

Update your contacts: Spotify has a new U.K. boss in former Vevo exec Tom Connaughton who arrives as George Ergatoudis exits for Apple. In his previous role, Connaughton headed up the team responsible for content and programming at the video platform.

At Spotify, Connaughton will lead the growth of its U.K. business as Managing Director, including driving content strategy, artist partnerships, shows and editorial, and artist marketing, according to Music Business Worldwide.

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