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NEW RELEASES: FLICKERING FORWARD (UPDATE)
Niall, Future-Thug, more. (10/23a)
THIS CHART STORY IS PRETTY IN P!NK
P!nk is BIG. (10/20a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SURPRISES ON THE GRAMMY BALLOT
Expect the unexpected. (10/23a)
THE GRAMMY CONVERSATIONS,
TAKE TWO
Singers and songwriters talk shop. (10/23a)
HITS U.K. SPECIAL
Buy a bloody ad, ya wanker.
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: A SECOND LISTEN
10/23/17

George Michael is at the top of the U.K.’s Official Albums midweek chart with a reissued version of Listen Without Prejudice (Sony Music CG) charging for the #1 spot. Listen Without Prejudice, which includes new tracks, was released after Channel 4’s screening of Michael’s documentary, Freedom, last week.

The debut from Niall HoranFlicker (Capitol), sits 25k combined sales behind at #2. Horan, the third One Direction member to release a solo debut, follows bandmates Zayn and Harry Styles both hit #1 in Blighty with their solo sets.

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U.K. CHARTS: P!NK SELLS 70K
10/20/17

P!nk has scored her second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Beautiful Trauma (RCA) notching up 70k combined sales, 64% of which were physical purchases. That’s just 10k shy of the 80k The Truth About Love did first week in 2012. The second highest entry on the albums chart is Robert Plantwith Carry Fire (East West/Rhino) at #3, followed by Beck’s Colors (Virgin EMI) at #5. Last week’s #1, Liam Gallagher with As You Were (Warner Bros.) is #2, and Ed Sheeran is down to #4 with ÷ (Atlantic).

On the Official Singles Chart, Post Malone is #1 for a third week.

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STORMZY LEADS MOBO NOMS
10/18/17

Stormzy is having quite the year. First he has the biggest selling indie album in the U.K. this year, Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky), and now he’s nominated in five categories for 2017’s MOBO Awards.

He’s up for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for Gang Signs & Prayer and Best Song and Best Video for "Big For Your Boots."

Two Sony acts—Black Butter rapper J Hus and the hotly tipped Jorja Smith, who is releasing music through Columbia—are amongst top nominees for the Music Of Black Origin Awards. Hus picks up four nods (Best Male, Best Album for debut Common Sense, Best Song for "Did You See" and Best Video for "Spirit"); Smith, whose debut album is due in 2018, gets three for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer. 

Universal signing Stefflon Don also has three nominations: Best Female, Best Hip Hop Act and Best Newcomer. Young Turks’  Sampha completes the group of threes with Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his Mercury Prize-winning debut, Process.

The winners will be revealed during a ceremony at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 11/29. Find the full list of nominees and vote here

U.K. MIDWEEKS: P!NK EYES #1
10/16/17

P!nk looks set to land her second #1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart with Beautiful Trauma (RCA) selling 50k combined copies at halfway stage. Robert Plant, Beck and St. Vincent are also new entries in the Top 5.

Former Led Zeppelin singer Plant, whose last four albums have gone Top 5, is at #2 with his 11th solo album, Carry Fire (East West/Rhino). Liam Gallagher moves down to #3 with As You Were (Warner Bros.), followed by Beck with Colors (Virgin EMI) and St Vincent’s Masseduction (Caroline) at #5.

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U.K. CHARTS: GALLAGHER GOES WILD
10/13/17

Warner Bros. U.K. has scored its second Official Albums #1 of the year with Liam Gallagher As You Were. It ending the week with 103k combined sales making it 2017’s third fastest seller.

As You Were, the former Oasis singer’s solo debut, sits behind fellow WMG act Ed Sheeran (672k) and Sony’s Rag’n’Bone Man (117k) on the list of highest first week sales in Blighty this year. Of that 103k, 91% of sales were physical purchases and downloads. Including his history with Oasis, it’s Gallagher’s ninth #1 album.

On the singles list, Post Malone scores a second week at #1 with “Rockstar” (Island) thanks to high streaming stats.

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NEW U.K. DEALS: JAMIE HARTMAN REJOINS RESERVOIR
10/12/17

A number of new deals in the U.K.’s publishing, major and independent sectors have been freshly inked recently, with additions to the rosters of Warner/Chappell and SO Recordings. Reservoir, meanwhile, has extended an agreement with top songwriter Jamie Hartman...

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ISLAND U.K. TAPS CLAIRE MAS
TO LEAD DIGITAL
10/12/17

Island Records U.K. has hired respected digital exec Claire Mas as Head of Digital. She joins after two years leading initiatives at UMG-distributed indie Communion Music Group, where she played a key role in developing and breaking artists including Bear’s Den, Lucy Rose and Dan Croll.

“Claire has become known as one of the most talented digital executives in the industry, and I’m thrilled to have her energy and expertise at Island,” said Island President Darcus Beese,

Added MD Jon Turner added, “Claire is a fantastic addition to the family. Everyone who knows Claire knows she doesn’t hold back, and it’s this kind of fearless approach that Island has always embraced.”

Prior to joining Communion, Mas was leading digital training at music-industry consultancy Music Ally while also managing bands, after switching from the world of corporate finance to follow her passion for music.

TURNING UP THE DIZTORTION
10/10/17

To celebrate the inking of hit producer/songwriter/artist Diztortion (who's worked withTinie Tempah, Sigma and Lethal Bizzle, among others, and turned out his own hits) to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Stellar Songs, this jolly cheerful photo op was arranged, followed by a pot of Darjeeling, a tray of bickies and a cracking good dance party. Seen limbering up in advance are (l-r) SATV U.K. MD/President Guy Moot, Sr. A&R Manger Alastair Kinross, Diztortion, Stellar co-founders Tim Blacksmith and Danny D, manager Mo Ogleh, attorney Stephen Luckman and SATV Biz Affairs Manager Andrew Spence.