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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
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
TICKETMASTER EXITS SECONDARY MARKET IN EUROPE
8/14/18

Ticketmaster is shutting down its resale sitesGET ME IN! and Seatwave in Europe, replacing them with a fan-to-fan face value or less ticket exchange service starting in October. The move arrives after years of lobbying by the British music business over what some perceive as unfair profiteering.

Beginning today, no new events will be listed on GET ME IN! or Seatwave; soon, Viagogo and StubHub will be the only secondary ticketing sites active in Europe. Live Nation, which owns Ticketmaster, acquired GET ME IN! and Seatwave in 2008 and 2014 respectively.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: KANE'S ABLE
8/13/18

While the Mamma Mia! soundtrack is still at #1 on the U.K. Official Albums midweek chart, Miles Kane and Nicki Minaj look set to impact the Top 5. Over on singles, George Ezra is back on top.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor) is on course for a fourth week at #1 by a lead of 4k combined sales. Behind The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) is Miles Kane at #3 with third album, Coup De Grace (Virgin EMI). Minaj starts at #5 with Queen (Island).

Further down, Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie collection Where No One Stands Alone (Sony Music CG) opens at #7 and The Coral sit at #9 with Move Through the Dawn (Ignition Records).

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U.K. CHARTS: SCOTT'S NEW PEAK
8/10/18

Travis Scott has secured his first U.K. Top 10 as ASTROWORLD (Epic) lands at #3 behind—what else?— Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor) and The Greatest Showman (Atlantic). Drake, meanwhile, notched his fourth week atop the Official Singles Chart.

ASTROWORLD, Scott’s third studio album, bests the performance of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which peaked at #19. Scott also landed three new tracks in the Top 40 on the Official Singles chart: “Sicko Mode” at #9; “Stargazing” at #15; and “Carousel” at #29.

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UMPG INKS DANNY SHAH TO GLOBAL PUB DEAL
8/9/18

UMPG announced out of London today that songwriter Danny Shah has been signed to a global publishing deal. 

Within the last 18 months, Shah has become one of the fastest-rising songwriters in the industry. He secured two UK #1 albums with The Vamps and co-wrote five tracks on Kylie Minogue's recent album, Golden. Shah has also penned several songs for major artists including David GuettaHRVYLoren GrayKaiser Chiefs and many more. 

“Writing a melody that is unique, interesting and memorable is the most satisfying feeling and genuinely helps me sleep at night. I feel very lucky to say I’m living my dream job alongside Universal Music Publishing.”

On making the announcement, UMPG U.K. MD Mike McCormack said: “We are extremely proud to have signed a writer of Danny’s quality and ambition. As soon as you meet Danny, his personality and drive is clear for all to see and it’s no wonder he’s one of the most in-demand writers out there. With over 50 cuts in the last year and no signs of slowing down, Danny is prolific.”

Pictured: Dougie Bruce, Will Blake, Danny Shah and Mike McCormack

RCA UPS TWO EXECS
8/7/18

RCA U.K. has new heads of publicity and playlisting. Label President David Dollimore has upped Sarah Hall to run the PR department and tapped James Bass in the newly created role of Head of Playlisting.

“James and Sarah are two of the most talented and respected executives in the business; they are mainstays of the label and have delivered time and again for RCA,” Dollimore said. “It’s always good to be able to promote great people from within the ranks.”

Hall joined RCA’s publicity department in 2009, handling campaigns for Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Daft Punk and many others. Bass has been in RCA’s promotions department since 2013, working on music from Timberlake, Beyoncé, Paloma Faith and others.

 

 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: JAMES JAMS
8/6/18

The 15th studio album from James and Travis Scott’s Astroworld are looking at Top 5 debuts on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart this week. Nothing, though, is threatening the holds Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Drake have on the charts’ #1s.

At midweek, James’ Living in Extraordinary Times (BMG) is the top newcomer, landing at #2. Scott, meanwhile, is looking at his highest U.K. chart position—Astroworld (Epic), his third album, is #4. Deaf Havana’s Rituals (SO/Silva Screen) lights up at #6.

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U.K. CHARTS: ABBA, UNABATED
8/3/18

The soundtrack to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor) holds onto the #1 slot for a second week, topping #2, Atlantic’s The Greatest Showman, by almost 15,000 units. Drake’s “In My Feelings” (YMCMB) has scored a third week at #1.

ABBA-mania continues to grip the Top 10 as the soundtrack to the 2008 original Mamma Mia! holds at #5 and Gold—Greatest Hits rises a slot to #6.

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BASCA ELECTS NEW BOARD
8/1/18

Crispin Hunt will remain in the post of Chair of The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors, which also elected new board members.

Four new elected members—Jo Thomas, Martyn Ware, Dru Masters and Orphy Robinson—are joining existing board members, Hunt, Gary Carpenter, Issie Barratt, Mark Ayres, Marc Sylvan, Helienne Lindvall, Paul Hartnoll, William Sweeney, Stephen McNeff and Rupert Hine. Two independent board members will be announced soon.

BASCA has also confirmed a move to new offices at the newly opened The Ministry, in Borough, South London.

BASCA threw its Summer Party Tuesday where Elsa Thurley, the 2018 recipient of Academy of Contemporary Music/BASCA Scholarship (pictured with Hunt), Samuel Deed and Leoni Kennedy performed.