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GLASSNOTE'S LATEST FIND:
DYLAN CARTLIDGE
8/29/18

U.K. singer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Cartlidge has signed a worldwide deal with Glassnote Records

Cartlidge has worked with James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) and St Francis Hotel (producers of Scratch, Sniff), released a handful of singles, played major U.K. festivals and been touted as an artist to watch by Fader, NME, Clash and more. He will be touring with Bad Sounds and Darwin Deez on their U.K. tours this fall.

“I heard Dylan’s music once and I was speechless,” Glassote Entertainment Group Founder/CEO Daniel Glass said. “He is a once in a lifetime, authentic, unique career artist. The fact that I cannot pigeonhole his music in any category makes me confident that Dylan will blaze a new original trail for others to follow. Dylan’s music is an oasis of positivity in this fragile, cynical world.”

Cartlidge said, "There was never any doubt or confusion in my mind around the signing. I'd met Daniel & the team many times and their skills in the industry, their recent successes and their uniquely reassuring philosophical & musical values all align pretty damn well with my own. My only question is, does this mean I have to run the New York Marathon?”

NEW U.K. GM AT MATADOR
8/29/18

Matador has a new U.K. General Manager in Alex Keague-Davies, who joins from [PIAS] and will take the helm from Natalie Judge, while Jake Whitener has been hired as Director of A&R in New York.

Keague-Davies has been an International Project Manager at [PIAS] for the last five years, where she has led global campaigns for various labels and artists artists including Faith No More, Matt Simons and Cigarettes After Sex. Judge will step down as GM at the end of this month after an 11 year-run, boasting success in the U.K. with Queens of the Stone Age, Savages and Interpol, who are heading for a Top 5 Official Albums Chart position on Friday with Judge's final project, Marauder.

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BRITS #LOVEMUSIC
8/29/18

The U.K. music industry has begun a lobbying campaign in support of the Copyright Directive, the proposed legislation that will make platforms such as YouTube liable for uploaded content unless they make “effective and proportionate” efforts to quell copyright infringement. 

The #Lovemusic message is clear: Some of the digital content platforms aren’t playing fair with artists. They bulldoze through our world and take advantage of out-of-date laws to take what they want to drive their profits. Join us to help keep music safe for the future. 

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SINGLES FACE OFF
8/28/18

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s  “Promises” (Columbia) is sitting just under 200 combined sales behind George Ezra’s “Promises” on the Official Charts midweek report. In third is Benny Blancof/Halsey and Khalid’s “Eastside” (Virgin EMI) at just over 1k combined sales behind “Promises.”

At Albums, Interpol’s Marauder (Matador) is looking like the week’s highest new albums entry in the U.K., currently sitting at #4.

Mamma Mia—Here we go Again (Polydor) is back up to #1, followed by The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) at #2. Friday’s #1, Ariana Grande with Sweetener (Island), has moved down to #3.

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OCTAVIAN'S EMPIRE
8/21/18

 

Acclaimed Southeast London-based singer/songwriter/rapper Octavian (who's been endorsed by the likes of Drake, among others) celebrates inking a worldwide pub deal with Stellar Songs and Sony/ATV by posing for this imperial group shot just by the elevator. "This is only the beginning," proclaimed SATV U.K. MD and President Worldwide Creative Guy Moot. "Thanks to your relationship with us you can be photographed virtually anywhere in this building—in the tea room, the other hallway, the car park... the possibilities are endless." 

Seen thinking some scones and jam would be particularly Stellar are (l-r) manager Cillian Farrell, Moot, SATV U.K. A&R chief David Ventura, Octavian, lawyer Wale Kalejaiye, Stellar Songs co-founder Danny D and manager Greg Burnell. 

We jest, of course, but this 22-year-old (born Oliver Godji) is definitely turning heads with his genre-bending work; Pitchfork proclaimed he was "shaping the sound of rap in 2018." Check out his "Party Here" below.

U.K. MIDWEEKS: ARIANA SCORES CAREER-BEST SALES WEEK
8/20/18

Ariana Grande is set for her second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Sweetener (Island) shifting 26k combined sales so far. Over on singles, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith have the highest new midweek entry at #5 with “Promises” (Columbia), while tribute-paying fans have Aretha Franklin making an impact on the Top 40.

In the first three days of release, Sweetener has already eclipsed the first-week sales of 2016’s Dangerous Woman, and is the fastest seller of Grande's career in Blighty. Last week’s #1, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor), is 15k sales behind at #2.

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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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