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I.B. BAD ON THE
VALUATION DERBY
An influx of cash. (6/23a)
THE 69-CENT STRATEGY: SINGLE PRICING, MULTIPLE USES
Why'd they do that? (6/23a)
HITS LIST RISES TO
THE OCCASION
The first top 10 of the summer (6/23a)
HOMB 2: SIGMAN SPEAKS
Author! Author! (6/23a)
SONG REVENUE CHART:
THE BIEBER FACTOR
Dude is money. (6/23a)
NASHVILLE'S NEXT ERA
It's upon us.
PILOT-LESS JETS
How will they affect the industry?
WHERE'S THE GODDAMN PIZZA?
It should've been here a half hour ago.
AMAZON STREAMS IN
They've got more than diapers to deliver.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: SGT. PEPPER
GETS BACK TO #1
6/2/17

The Beatles are top dog in Blighty this week as the 50th anniversary remixed and remastered edition of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apple Corps) hits #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with 37k combined sales. At singles, “Despacito” (Polydor) by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber enjoys its highest sales week to date with 129k.

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U.K. UNITES FOR ONE LOVE
6/1/17

Demand for tickets to Ariana Grande’s benefit concert One Love Manchester at Emirates Old Trafford was stratospheric Thursday morning, with Ticketmaster reporting 140k fans online and searching. Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas and Little Mix have been added to the bill, and Live Nation, BBC, Uber and others are uniting to ensure the gig at the 21k-capacity venue goes without a hitch.

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POLYDOR HIRES URBAN TASTEMAKER NORTÉ
6/1/17

 

UMG U.K. has made further moves into the urban scene by hiring respected British hip-hop and R&B tastemaker Manny Norté, who has joined Polydor to work across A&R, marketing and promotions. Discussing his new hire, label boss Tom March told us: “There is no one more connected to urban music and culture in the U.K.”

Norté will continue presenting his shows on Global brand Capital Xtra and DJing at club night The Get Down at Tape. His hire follows the launch of an urban division at Island Records (headed up by Alex Boateng), while pop and urban A&R Rich Castillo also joined the Polydor team last year.

March continued: “We are delighted to have Manny join the urban department at Polydor, his knowledge, taste and connections will be a tremendous asset to our artists.” 

As a DJ, Norté has toured with Jay Z, Rihanna and Beyonce. His live shows recorded at London’s Jazz Café have featured guests like Roll Deep, Misha B, Lethal Bizzle and many more. 

A PROPER LABEL LAUNCH
5/30/17

U.K. indie club night promoters Propaganda and label services firm Autonomy Music Group have partnered to launch Propaganda Records. The first signing is London rock four-piece M O S E S. Pictured here before downing four pints of lager and a packet of crisps are, from left, Autonomy Product Manager James Corbitt, Propaganda Operations Director Jules Barraud, Director Dan Ickowitz-Seidler, Autonomy Co-Founder Richard Engler and Product Manager Jack Widdison.

Said Engler of the new project: “Propaganda have a loyal fanbase and between us we’re finding great new talent and exposing it to a ready audience. Just like Factory Records had the Hacienda – what could possibly go wrong?”

U.K. MIDWEEKS: BEATLES BACK ON TOP
5/30/17

The Beatles are #1 on the midweek Official Albums chart in Blighty with a 50th anniversary remixed and remastered edition of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apple Corps) selling 24k combined sales since Friday. On the singles chart, seven-piece London band Captain Ska are the highest new entry with a self-released politically charged track.

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MANAGERS GROUP PREXY WEBSTER DEPARTS TO PEN MEMOIR
5/25/17

President of the U.K.’s Music Managers Forum, Jon ‘Webbo’ Webster, is stepping down from the post after 10 years at the organisation to write what is sure to be an anecdote-filled memoir about his time as MD of Virgin Records in the ‘80s. Annabella Coldrick replaced Webster as CEO of the MMF last year.

“Much of the MMF’s current success and vitality must be attributed to Jon,” Coldrick said. “The organisation now represents more than 500 artist managers around the U.K., and has gained a hard-fought reputation as a body that stands up for artist rights and promotes greater education and transparency throughout the music business.

“No one has battled harder than Webbo to get us to this position and to galvanise the management community—and while we sadly accept his decision to step down, the MMF remains as committed as ever to build on his years of work.”

Webster started his career as a record shop assistant, joining Virgin as Sales Manager in 1981, and was named Managing Director in 1988. During that period, he was instrumental in devising the best-selling Now! That's What I Call Music brand. In 1992 he struck out on his own, working closely with acts such as Genesis, Peter Gabriel, UB40, Mike & The Mechanics, Baby Bird, Die Toten Hosen and Erasure, as well as founding the Mercury Music Prize. After moving into artist management (D*Note, Francis Dunnery), Webster joined the BPI as Director of Independent Member Services in 2005, and two years later, received his appointment to the MMF.

 

TOP TIPS FROM THE GREAT ESCAPE
5/22/17

The British answer to SXSW, The Great Escape, took place in rainy Brighton last week and our London correspondent Rhian Jones was there to hear some new musical talent. Queues kept her away from the most hyped acts (although you’ll find the critics’ verdict of Sigrid within) so she went off the beaten track to find a number of talented baby acts.

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U.K. CHARTS: STYLES HITS #1
5/19/17

Columbia’s Harry Styles has hit #1 in the U.K. with his debut album on 57k combined sales. For anyone who’s counting, that’s more than double the amount former bandmate ZAYN did with Mind of Mine (RCA) in March 2016.

Styles’ sales include 3k on vinyl, meaning he’s #1 on Official Vinyl Albums Chart, too, ahead of Paul Weller’s A Kind of Revolution (Parlophone). At singles, Styles' "Sign of the Times" rebounds to #6.

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