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TWO NEW FIRMS ARISE FROM DAVIS SHAPIRO
New math: dividing and adding (7/15a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: LEGAL FINE PRINT EDITION
We're guilty as charged. (7/16a)
THE NEW CHEW:
GRAMMY ON RYE
The latest fearless forecast (7/15a)
BILLY RAY CYRUS: THE "ROAD" LESS TRAVELED
The zigzagging course of a singular career (7/12a)
HOT THOUGHTS
KG lets 'em have it. (7/15a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
Blighty Beat
UMG U.K.'S VIEW ON DIVERSITY
6/25/19

Universal Music U.K. CEO David Joseph has discussed his plan for creating a “neurologically diverse” culture that encourages and includes unique mindsets and creativity, in a rare interview with London’s Evening Standard.

Joseph has commissioned a report into neurodiversity in the workplace, which will be published in the autumn. Neurodiversity covers a range of variations in the human brain, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

The report follows a number of measures that are already being implemented at UMG, which aim to embrace people who may fall into any of the mentioned categories—Joseph estimates its around 20%—30% of his 1k-member workforce.

Those measures include encouraging an open culture of communication about any differences employees might be struggling with, flexible working hours and changing recruitment protocol (swapping forms for video or audio recordings, for example).

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: YOUNG EYES #1
6/24/19

British singer Will Young is heading for #1 on the U.K’s Official Albums chart with his seventh effort overall and first as an independent artist, Lexicon (Cooking Vinyl). Over on singles, Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello and Stormzy are new in the Top 5.

Young, the first-ever Pop Idol winner, released his first five albums on Sony/BMG and the last in 2015 on Island—four of them reached #1 and two reached #2.

Two Door Cinema Club are the second highest new entry at midweek stage with False Alarm (Prolifica) at #3, followed by Mark Ronson’s  Late Night Feelings (Columbia) at #5.

Hot Chip’s seventh studio album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy (Domino), starts at #6—the album was co-produced by Paris DJ and producer Philippe Zdar, who died last week.

The Raconteurs are aiming for a third Top 10 with Help Us Stranger (Third Man) at #7 and Hollywood Vampires Rise (Edel) is #9. An album of Prince rarities and demos that later became huge hits for other artists, Originals (Warner Records), is new at #15.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, the Mendes and Cabello collaboration “Senorita” (Island) starts at #2.

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U.K. CHARTS: BRUCE ADDS ANOTHER #1
6/21/19

Bruce Springsteen has claimed his 11th #1 on the U.K’s Official Albums Chart with Western Stars (Columbia) shifting 25k combined sales more than Madonna’s Madame X (Polydor), which settles for second place.

Of Springsteen’s total sales—a number which the OCC hasn’t published—more than 45k were on CD and vinyl, making Western Stars this year’s fastest selling album on physical formats in the U.K.

Bastille’s Doom Days (Virgin) is new at #4, followed by a 40th anniversary reissue of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (Rhino) at #5. The album previously peaked at #71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis.

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SONY/ATV ADDS COWLAND
6/12/19

Clare Cowland has joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s senior international team as Vice President, Human Resources, UK & International.

Based in London and reporting to Elicia Felix-Hughey, SVP, Global Human Resources, Cowland will be responsible for strategic HR initiatives that drive cultural excellence throughout the company’s international territories. 

Cowland joined EMI Music Publishing in 2002 and was employed by several divisions of EMI, rising to SVP, Human Resources, at EMI Music Publishing. Since leaving EMI in 2012, she has worked for an HR consultancy where she supported a diverse client base.

Felix-Hughey said, “Clare’s leadership skills, past experience and forward-thinking approach are all critical, as we build out global initiatives that attract, retain, and grow exceptional talent.”

SAY HELLO TO ELECTRONIC NATION
6/12/19

Live Nation has launched a new division focused on electronic music events in the U.K., Electronic Nation, to be led by Cream MD Scott Barton.

Alongside the LN-owned Creamfields and Steel Yard events, the division will focus on expanding offerings of all electronic music genres in Blighty.

Barton’s aim for Electronic Nation is to build upon Live Nation’s continued expansion into the electronic arena, with the aim of connecting big name dance acts to more fans across the U.K. through tours and festivals. “We have a dedicated team who work hard to connect fans to electronic music events across the U.K.,” he said. “As the scene continues to grow, the knowledge and experience we have is key to our success."

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RIVALLAND UPPED AT VIRGIN EMI
6/11/19

Marketing expert and long-time UMG U.K. exec Mike Rivalland has been promoted to General Manager at Virgin EMI as the label enjoys a particularly exceptional run of success. The imprint has two new albums in this week's Top 5 and recently boasted a record breaking 10 singles in the Top 20.

He succeeds Tom March and Clive Cawley who were formerly joint GMs; March is now co-President of Polydor and Cawley is MD at Virgin.

Rivalland, alongside his campaign management team, has made a significant contribution to a purple patch for Virgin EMI. The Top 20 singles feat was in part due to Virgin's urban roster, overseen by Rivalland, which includes Russ, Tion Wayne, Krept + Konan, MoStack and Hardy Caprio.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: HAPPINESS IS...
6/10/19

Four new entries look set to land in the U.K.’s Official Albums Top 5 this week, with Jonas Brothers leading the way at #2, followed by The Divine Comedy, MoStack and a posthumous album from Avicii. Over on singles, Lil Nas X has reclaimed the top spot.

Lewis Capaldi is on course to claim a fourth week at the top with Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) leading the pack by 1.3k combined sales. Should he hold onto his lead, Capaldi will be the first artist to spend four weeks at the top this year.

Jonas Brothers are the closest competition with Happiness Begins (Polydor) starting at #2. Northern Irish group The Divine Comedy are on course for a new peak at #3 with their self-released 12th studio album, Office Politics.

The debut from London MC MoStack, Stacko (Virgin EMI), is heading for #4, while Avicii’s Tim (Positiva), starts at #5.

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U.K. CHARTS: SKEPTA SETTLES FOR #2
6/7/19

Lewis Capaldi has denied Skepta his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums chart this week as Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) extends its reign for a third week on 29k combined sales. Over on singles, Katy Perry has the highest new entry at #13.

Skepta’s Ignorance is Bliss (Boy Better Know) settles for second place, matching his previous album, the Mercury-winning Konnichiwa, which peaked at #2 in 2016.

Richard Hawley’s Further (BMG) ends the week at #3, and Susan Boyle closes the Top 5 with her 10th anniversary compilation, Ten (Syco), at #5.

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