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SONG REVENUE CHART:
DRAKE IS MONEY
The most earnest of earners (2/23a)
THE BRITS: A FIRSTHAND TAKE
Rhian Jones reporting from the O2 Arena (2/23a)
SONGWRITERS HALL TO HONOR SIR LUCIAN
Once upon a time, the mogul was a humble song plugger. (2/23a)
5SOS DROPS A NEW ONE
The saucy Aussies are back. (2/23a)
KACEY'S GOOD
AS GOLDEN
Check out two new tracks from upcoming set. (2/23a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: BRIT NOMINEES RISE
2/19/18

BRIT Award nominees Dua Lipa, Rag’n’Bone Man, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Liam Gallagher and Stormzy are already seeing a boost on the Official Albums Charts ahead of the ceremony on Wednesday as Drake looks set to notch up a fifth week at #1 on singles with “God’s Plan” (Island).

Five-time nominee Dua Lipa has risen seven places to #4 with her self-titled debut, while Camila Cabello is up nine places to #5 with her debut (Syco) following TV performances on The Graham Norton Show and Dancing On Ice over the weekend.

Elsewhere, Rag'n'Bone Man, who is up for three BRITs, is set to return to the Top 10 with Human (Columbia), currently up three to #9, while Swift, nominated for the International Female prize, rebounds nine spots to #11 with Reputation (Virgin EMI).

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BRITS GET READY FOR THE BRITS
2/19/18

The U.K. music business is gearing up for the BRIT Awards on Wednesday as Sony U.K.boss Jason Iley looks forward to resting after a second year organising the show as Chairman during a successful 12 months for the British music industry.

The ceremony at London's O2 Arena is designed to have as global a reach as possible and will be live-streamed on YouTube from 7:30pm GMT (2:30pm ET/11:30am PT) and screened on ITV in the U.K. For the first time, the event will be covered live on every social media platform.

In an interview with Music Week, Iley notes the “incredibly strange” lack of nomination for Sam Smith, who will perform on the night, and says he’d like to see wider support for the ceremony in future.

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U.K. CHARTS: SHOW GOES ON AND ON
2/16/18

The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) is showing no signs of slowing down in the U.K. with the album spending its sixth week, and strongest yet, at #1 on the Official Albums Chart with 51k combined sales. Indie bands The Wombats (Kobalt) and Franz Ferdinand (Domino) end at #3 and #6 respectively.

Seventy percent of those 51k sales were physical and digital downloads. Over on Official Singles, The Greatest Showman track “This Is Me” rises three places to #3.

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HOW DIVERSE ARE THE 2018 BRITS?
2/15/18

You might see a few white roses at the BRIT Awards next week as the ceremony’s organisers, BPI, have invited nominees, guests and members of the voting academy to wear the pins as a symbol of solidarity in the global fight against sexual harassment. So how does the 2018 ceremony currently stand in terms of equality?

As it stands, the 2018 nominees are weighted toward male artists, with 28 male-led artists/bands/releases nominated in the non-gendered categories, against 17 female-led entries, including Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith and nominees Stefflon Don and Mabel. Both stats include female and male led The xx and ZAYN and Taylor Swift’s Video entry, which are therefore counted twice, and count individual nominations, rather than individual artists (some of whom appear more than once). There are 16 entries from BAME artists out of a possible 98 (including Critics' Choice nominees). In terms of performers, there are currently six male artists and three females scheduled to take the stage.

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3 BEAT REUPS AT UMG U.K.
2/15/18

Specialist dance independent record label 3 Beat has renewed its JV with Universal Music U.K. after enjoying success with gold and platinum records from SigmaMartin JensenKungsPhilip GeorgeSkepta and Fuse ODG.

Founder Jon Barlow said “Renewing our deal with Universal was such an easy decision because we work incredibly well together, as is evident in the level of success we’ve had to date. The new JV continues to allow 3 Beat to operate autonomously as an independent whilst being able to plug into some of Universal’s key departments and infrastructure to give us real clout.”

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WARNER/CHAPPELL U.K. UPS
CREATIVE EXEC PAUL SMITH   
2/12/18

Warner/Chappell U.K. has promoted international exec Paul Smith to Creative Director, where he’ll continue pairing British writers with global talent.

Since joining the pubco in 2016 as Senior International Creative Manager, Smith has been instrumental in signing songwriters such as Fred BallJosh Record, Linnea Södahl (who wrote Zara Larsson's "Lush Life") and Rationale, who has cuts on the way with Katy Perry and Rag’n’Bone Man. He also works closely with songwriters including Amy WadgeMiranda Cooper and MNEK.

“Paul has been a real dynamo since he joined the Warner/Chappell team,” WCM U.K. boss Mike Smith said. “His energy, enthusiasm, passion and talent have shone through and he’s really delivered for our songwriters. I know that he’ll achieve even more great things in his new role.”

Smith, who is London-based, added, “We’re in a golden era for songwriter collaboration and the business is more global than ever. It’s great to put together our writers from the U.K. with their peers from around the world and watch the alchemy happen as great hits emerge.”

Smith’s career in the music industry began when he joined management company 365 Artists in 2004. While there, he rose to the role of Creative Director and oversaw the development of its new and established artists.

 

U.K. CHARTS: THE SHOW MUST GO ON
2/9/18

Justin Timberlake winds up at #2 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Man of the Woods (RCA) as The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) spends a fifth week at the top with more than double the sales of its closest competitor. Timberlake’s fifth studio album awards him his second U.K. #2 after three consecutive #1s. 

Two more new entries debut inside the Top 5: Simple Minds are #4 with 18th studio album, Walk Between The Worlds (BMG), and British rockers Don Broco have reached their highest U.K. chart position yet with third album, Technology (Sharptone), entering at #5.

Over on singles, Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore’s “These Days” (Asylum) reaches a new peak at #2 as Drake  extends his #1 lead for a third week with “God’s Plan” (Island).

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WARNER BULKS UP EAST WEST
2/6/18

Keeping the light on at East West is, from left, Dan Chalmers, Paul Samuels and Angie Somerside 

Warner Music U.K. label East West Records has launched a new specialist imprint for mainstream entertainers, Warner Music Entertainment, with Atlantic Records A&R Paul Samuels taking on the joint title of VP, A&R, Atlantic & East West Records U.K.

Samuels’ first signing to East West is Irish artist Áine Cahill, who we tipped as one to watch after a performance at British showcase festival The Great Escape last year.

East West’s roster includes veterans such as Robert Plant and Lindsey Buckingham, as well as new talent Dusky Grey and Nikhil D’Souza. Warner Music Entertainment will look after Bette Midler, Alexander Armstrong and Sheridan Smith. New music from Boyzone and Cliff Richard is scheduled to come later this year.

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