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TOP 20: DEAD HEAT
Down to the wire. (6/28a)
STREAMS HIT BIG BENCHMARK
Merrily we roll along. (6/28a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS, FIRST TAKES: BEST NEW ARTIST
The Whisperer returns. (6/28a)
LYOR'S NASHVILLE 4TH
Music City meets the Googletube. (6/28a)
GRAMMYS HEADING BACK TO L.A.
But first, a stop in the Big Apple. (6/28a)
WE KIDNAP A NASHVILLE SONGWRITER
...but then things go sideways, kinda.
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
How will we fill the white space between those lovely, lovely ads?
WHAT WAS ON THAT PIZZA?
Dude, I feel weird.
STEVE MOTHERFUCKING MILLER
Show some respect.
Blighty Beat
SHEERAN MULTIPLIES TOUR DATES
6/28/17

Ed Sheeran has announced 25 dates for a European and U.K. stadium tour in 2018, including two stops at London’s 90k-capacity Wembley Stadium, bringing the total number of shows in support of smash third album, ÷ (Atlantic), to 166.

The new dates start next year on 5/4 in Ireland, before visiting Scotland, Manchester, Newcastle, Wales and London on 6/15 and 16. Shows in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland follow.

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BBC BREAKS GLASTONBURY RECORDS
6/27/17

The BBC's widely praised Glastonbury coverage achieved record-breaking viewing figures on TV and online, with 21m people tuning in for at least three minutes, up 12% from 2016. Ed Sheeran’s headline set achieved a record-high average audience of 2.9m on Sunday evening.

Sheeran was shown on BBC Two, where the programme had a record one minute peak audience of 4.1m viewers. Barry Gibb’s Sunday teatime “Legends” slot achieved an average audience of 2.48m. Radiohead on Friday and the Foo Fighters on Saturday saw average audiences of 811k and 1.6m respectively.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: GLASTONBURY DRIVES SALES SURGE
6/26/17

A number of Glastonbury acts are seeing a sales uplift on the Official Albums Chart as Radiohead capitalise on the promo with a new release. The Friday headliners lead the midweeks at #1 with the 20th anniversary reissue of OK Computer, while other gainers include Foo FightersBee GeesThe xx and Stormzy.

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FOO FIGHTERS #1 POST GLASTO
6/26/17

Foo Fighters are top of the U.K.’s iTunes album chart after their Saturday headline Glastonbury performance, followed by Sunday headliner Ed Sheeran at #2. Other Glasto acts seeing a sales uplift include Rag’n’Bone Man, while Friday toppers Radiohead are in the Top 20 with the 20th anniversary reissue of OK Computer.

Foo Fighters’ Greatest Hits (Roswell) has risen 23 places since Friday to #1 on iTunes, while Sheeran’s ÷ (Atlantic) is up 8 to #2. Radiohead’s reissue OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (XL) entered at #8 on Friday and is down to #16 today. Rag’n’Bone Man has risen four places to #11 with Human (Columbia).

Photo credit: Samon Rajabnik

NEW U.K. SIGNINGS: MINISTRY OF SOUND, FICTION, W/C
6/26/17

Seen waiting for their parking validation are, from left, Ministry of Sound MD Dipesh Parmar, Incentive Music’s Timur Sekerci, Joe Murphy and Jonty Howard of One Bit and Incentive’s Nick Halkes.

New signing announcements in Blighty this last week have seen talent added to the rosters of Virgin EMI, Warner/Chappell, Ministry of Sound, Fiction and 3 Beat. At Sony, two-piece electronic act One Bit have inked a deal with Ministry of Sound; Ted Cockle’s Virgin EMI has signed London poet Hussain Manawer; and Dead Pretties have joined the roster of Fiction Records.

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U.K. CHARTS: CHARITY SINGLE HITS #1
6/23/17

The Artists for Grenfell charity single, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Syco), is #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart with 170k combined sales—the majority of which were downloads—in under 48 hours. Of the 170k copies sold of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” 169k were downloads. Proceeds will go to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week. Over on albums, rock duo Royal Blood have scored their second #1 with How Did We Get So Dark (Warner Bros.). 

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: ROYAL BLOOD ROCK #1
6/19/17

Warner Bros. rock trio Royal Blood are heading toward #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with their second album, How Did We Get So Dark, sitting 23k combined sales ahead of Ed Sheeran at midway stage. Over at singles, Sony imprint Black Butter looks set for another Top 5 hit thanks again to DJ Khaled.

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U.K. SIGNINGS: BALL & BOE
TOGETHER AGAIN AT DECCA
6/19/17

Freshly inked artist deals in London include Decca re-signing multi-platinum duo Ball & Boe, Syco adding award-winning songwriter Ina Wroldsen to its artist roster and Ministry of Sound signing London duo THRDL!FE. The new dea for Michael Ball and Alfie Boel, announced by Decca President Rebecca Allen, is three part. They have scored solo deals as well as re-signing as a duo.

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