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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/17a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
Blighty Beat
BECAUSE BUYS WMG'S LONDON
8/10/17

European indie Because Music has acquired the majority of the former London Records repertoire as part of the Warner Music divestment process, bringing more than 50 catalogs under its wing.

The former Warner Music 90, which includes music from Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Orbital and Jimmy Somerville, will be renamed London Music Stream as the London Records name is currently owned by UMG; it will operate separately from the Because Music U.K. office. The deal also includes music by Fine Young Cannibals, Bronski Beat, East 17, Goldie and Shakespears Sister.

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BBC FILLS ITS FESTIVAL BILLS
8/8/17

The BBC will showcase more than 30 emerging artists via its Introducing Stage at Festival Republic’s Reading and Leeds Festivals in Blighty on 8/25-27, as well as a few surprise performances.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: CALVIN FEELS IT OUT
8/7/17

It’s a tight chart battle this week for the #1 Official Singles spot in the U.K. as Calvin Harris' “Feels” (Columbia) sits behind “Despacito” (Polydor) by just 500 combined sales at halfway stage. Over on albums, Def Leppard’s 30th anniversary reissue of Hysteria (UMC/Virgin) is the highest new midweek entry at #5.

This week’s highest riser on singles is Sony’s Spanish remix of Enrique Iglesias’ “Subeme La Radio” (RCA) featuring Sean Paul and 2016 U.K. X Factor winner Matt Terry, moving to #3 from #12. Rudimental f/James Arthur are up four places with “Sun Comes Up” (Atlantic) at #4, followed by Dua Lipa, who also rises four places with “New Rules (Warner Bros.) at #5.

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SHEERAN SLOWS CD SALES DECLINE
8/7/17

The CD market in the U.K. is proving resilient, according to stats suggesting the format has declined by just 0.5% year-on-year this last quarter. That’s a significant improvement compared to the same period in 2016, which saw an 11.7% decrease.

The key? Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Atlantic), which has accounted for 10% of CD sales in Blighty since being released in March.

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U.K. CHARTS: ARCADE FIRE LIGHT IT UP
8/7/17

Arcade Fire have hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Everything Now on 36k combined sales—awarding Sony’s Columbia its fourth albums top spot in Blighty this year. Everything Now is the third #1 in Blighty for Arcade Fire, and the first album under their new deal with Sony. Over at singles, UMG’s “Despacito” (Polydor) holds onto #1 for an 11th week.

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AIM HONOURS DILLINGER
PRIOR TO EXIT
8/2/17

U.S. metal act The Dillinger Escape Plan will be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the AIM Awards in Blighty on 9/5 for their “unparalleled live performances, awards and accolades and ultra-loyal legion of fans.” The band will be officially retiring after the end of their current tour later this year.

TDEP join Steve Beckett of Warp Records as pre-announced winners for September’s ceremony. Nominees for awards covering best independent label, breakthrough act of the year, and track, album and video will be revealed later in August.

Since forming in 1997, The Dillinger Escape Plan have released five studio albums and four EPs via labels including Relapse, Season of Mist, BMG and Cooking Vinyl.

Discussing the AIM accolade, founding member Ben Weinman praised independent labels like Rough Trade, Megaforce and Sub Pop for “being responsible for cultural evolution.” He continued:

“[Independent labels] are responsible for launching the careers of some of the most important and influential artists of all time. AIM’s support of the U.K.’s independent music community is not only an important part of our current musical climate but of history in general. We couldn’t be more proud to be honoured by such an amazing organization.”

Merlin Alderslade, Editor of Metal Hammer and AIM Awards judge added: “The Dillinger Escape Plan have trail-blazed their way through an incredible career that has united alternative music fans from all walks of life. The AIM awards are about recognising music crafted in the true spirit of independence, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting band to walk on stage to accept this award than Dillinger. Horns up!”

LIVE NATION'S STATE OF AFFAIRS
8/2/17

Live Nation has appointed former CEO of U.K. government lobbying trade body UK Music, Jo Dipple, as SVP, Public Affairs. The new role is international, and also covers Ticketmaster.

Dipple stepped down from UK Music in June after five years as CEO. She was replaced by Labour MP Michael Dugher. Her role centred on representing the most pressing issues affecting the British music industry to national and local government.

Discussing the appointment, John Reid, President of Concerts in Europe for Live Nation said: “Jo has remarkable credentials in the music industry, with an unrivalled level of expertise in her field. It is great to have her join the business at a time where live entertainment continues to go from strength to strength, helping us to grow our brand across the world.”

Dipple added: "I am joining a hugely talented team of people, all of whom are passionate about fan and artist satisfaction across the world. I look forward to contributing to its continued success."

U.K. CHARTS: LANA SCORES THIRD #1
7/28/17

Lana Del Rey has overtaken Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott to land her third U.K. Official Albums #1 with Lust For Life (Polydor) as the latter settle for runner-up with Crooked Calypso (Virgin EMI). Thanks to fans honouring Chester BenningtonLinkin Park are the first U.S. band in 50 years to secure three albums inside the Top 10.

At #2, Heaton & Abbott have landed their highest charting album to date as a duo after previously notching up three #1s as part of former band, The Beautiful South

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