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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 ON TOP
7/3/18

Drake is set to top the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart on Friday as 12 tracks from Scorpion (Island) rule the Spotify Top 20 in Blighty and the album sits at the top of the iTunes chart. Last year, “One Dance” spent 15 consecutive weeks at #1 on singles—will Drake rule the summer charts?

Scorpion is 1k combined sales ahead of Florence and the Machine’s High as Hope (Virgin EMI) at #2 midway stage. If the race continues as is, Florence will settle for second spot after reaching #1 with her previous three albums.

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MERCK FLOATS HIPGNOSIS SONGS
6/29/18

Respected manager and former Sanctuary CEO Merck Mercuriadis has proceeded with the plan to float his Hipgnosis Songs Fund on the London Stock Exchange after successfully raising £200m ($264m) from an initial investor pool. Shares will be publicly traded starting 7/11. 

As SONGS, the firm is the first LSE listed pure-play music investment firm and is so far the biggest fund IPO of this year. 

The cash will be used to buy a bank of songs by more than 50 artists from the past five decades. Included are “proven, evergreen songs from award-winning songwriters” and more than 10 U.S. and U.K. #1 hits. We have word that Mercuriadis has lined up £400m worth of deals in the pipeline to choose from. 

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U.K. CHARTS: EZRA LOADS IN AT #1
6/29/18

George Ezra has scored his first top hit on the U.K. Official Singles Chart with “Shotgun” (Columbia) six weeks post release. Over on albums, Panic! At The Disco  had the chance of a #1 scuppered at the last hurdle by the seemingly never-ending popularity of The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

Pray For the Wicked (DCD2/Fueled by Ramen) ends the week at #2 after falling just over 2k combined sales behind Showman (Atlantic), which spends its 21st week at #1.

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LINES DRAWN IN COPYRIGHT BATTLE
6/28/18

Will a new law require YouTube to negotiate licenses to host music? Google is busy fighting a proposal to do just that in front of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) while the music business is rallying hard against the internet giant.

Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposes that all information society service providers (aka DSPs) shall ensure the functioning of agreements with rights holders for the use of their works, which was approved by European parliament’s legal affairs committee last week. A vote by MEPs on 7/5 will decide whether the proposal reaches the next stage.

In the meantime, Google has been accused of trying to manipulate the press into opposing the copyright rules. 

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MERLIN: STREAMING WORKS MAGIC
6/28/18

A report from global independent digital rights body Merlin reveals that member labels have a higher marketshare on paid streaming tiers vs. free and a significant amount of revenues coming from territories that were once worth naught.

More than two-thirds (68%) of Merlin’s members report that audio streaming currently accounts for the majority of their digital revenues—a marked rise on the 20% that said that was the case in 2014.

Additionally, an analysis of over 500b streams between 2014 and 2018 shows that Merlin’s member repertoire performs more than 25% better in marketshare terms on paid streaming subscription tiers vs. free tiers.

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BMG CLAIMS CAMILLE
6/25/18

Camille Purcell has inked a long-term publishing agreement with BMG, right after replacing herself atop the U.K. Official Singles Chart with another #1 single. Clean Bandit’s “Solo,” co-written by Purcell, took the throne over from Jess Glynne’s “I’ll Be There,” which she co-wrote with fellow BMG writer Glynne.

The hitmaker (aka Kamille) is behind such U.K. #1s as Little Mix’s “Shout Out to My Ex” and “Black Magic,” which both claimed the peak position for three consecutive weeks. Most recently, Purcell co-penned Jax Jones’ new single, “Ring Ring," featuring BMG songwriter Mabel and Rich The Kid.

Purcell explains, "I’m so happy to be signing with BMG again, and continuing such an amazing relationship. The team have done so much for me both in the U.K. and the U.S., supporting me both as a writer and now as an artist. I’m so excited for what’s to come in the future.”

Lisa Cullington, Senior Director BMG A&R Publishing said, “Camille is an incredibly talented songwriter. Her hit rate is outstanding and we’re delighted that she has decided to stay with BMG. We’re so excited to continue our relationship with her and we look forward to even more success together.”

Photo (L to R): Raw Kingdom’s Nick Raymonde and Martin Evans, BMG’s Lisa Cullington, Purcell, BMG’s Alistair Norbury, and Raw Kingdom’s Rodney Williams.

U.K. MIDWEEKS: PANIC! ATTACKS
6/25/18

Panic! At The Disco have unseated The Greatest Showman from the U.K.’s Official Albums top spot by 5.5k combined sales at midway stage. Over on singles, George Ezra could be set for his first #1 with “Shotgun” (Columbia).

Pray For The Wicked (DCD2/Fueled by Ramen) looks set to surpass the #2 peak Panic!’s Pretty Odd charted at in 2008. The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) has dipped to #2, followed by Ezra with Staying at Tamara’s at #3.

The second highest new albums entry is TV presenter turned singer Jane McDonald with an album named after her travel show, Cruising With (Channel 5), at #4.

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington's second album, Heaven & Earth (Young Turks), is on course to become his first U.K. Top 40 entry at #7,The Cure's remastered remix album, Mixed Up (UMC), enters at #9 today, and Nine Inch Nails are at #10 with Bad Witch (The Null Corporation). Further down, Bebe Rexha starts at #18 with Expectations (Parlophone).

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U.K. SINGLES CHART REVAMPED
6/25/18

The U.K.’s Official Singles Chart  will now include video for the first time, and freemium streams have been down-weighted. Video streams from Apple MusicSpotifyYouTube and Tidal will count beginning with the chart published on 7/6.

Previously, free ad-funded streams and those on paid-for subscription tiers were treated equally, with one sale equivalent to 150 streams. Now, 100 subscription streams will equal one sale, as will 600 “free” streams. The new formula applies to audio and video. 

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