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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/19a)
BRUCE GIVES OBAMA
A SEND-OFF SHOW
How fitting is that? (1/19a)
BBC RADIO 1 HOSTS FUTURE STARS
...including DIY up-and-comer Jorja Smith. (1/19a)
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON STREAMING
Political performance battle A companion piece to the SNL cold open. (1/19a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
Blighty Beat
MIDWEEKS: ED SHEERAN KICKSTARTS 2017
1/9/17

Atlantic’s Ed Sheeran has over 215k combined chart sales with his smash comeback singles, that naturally take the top two Official Singles Chart spots midweek stage in Blighty. Indie rock band You Me At Six, meanwhile, are #1 on Official Albums.

After a rather dreary year for the British music industry 2017 has got off to a cracking start. Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” is #1 and “Castle On The Hill” follows at #2 with over 100k combined sales and 4m streams each after just three days on sale.

Rag’N’Bone Man is at #3 with “Human” (Columbia), Clean Bandit end their nine-week #1 run with “Rockabye” down to #4 and “Touch” (Syco) by Little Mix is at #5. There are three high risers in the Top 10 as “September Song” by new Island act JP Cooper is up nine places to #7, “Call On Me” (AATW) by Australian name Starley improves 18 places to #8 and “You Don’t Know Me”  by DJ Jax Jones and Raye, a new project from Polydor, vaults 24 places to #9. Look for a Top 20 bow by rockers Sundara Karma (on RCA in Blighty).

 

On the Official Albums front, You Me At Six, signed to BMG label Infectious, are on course for their second U.K. #1 with fifth set Night People. Little Mix are 1.8k sales behind with Glory Days, while Pete Tong’s Universal-released dance compilation, Classic House, moves down one place to #3.

George Michael fans are continuing to honour the late star as Ladies & Gentlemen (Epic) rises seven place to #4, while, in celebration of what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, his greatest hits set Legacy (Parlophone) is up 13 places to #5.

That’s eight British-born releases in both the singles and albums chart Top 10—a sign of things to come?

GLASSNOTE'S ED POSTON MOVES TO IMAGEM
1/9/17

Glassnote U.K. A&R Ed Poston has left the house of Daniel Glass to join indie publisher Imagem Music in Blighty as Senior A&R.

Poston spent three years at Glassnote where he worked on Aurora, James Hersey and Tor Miller, as well as acting as Head of Publishing UK/EU for Glassnote’s pubco Insieme

Prior to that the young exec spent three years as Exec Writer/Publisher Relations for BMI’s London office.

Poston reports to Kim Frankiewicz, Imagem Music U.K. MD, who called him a “first rate A&R executive” with “an insatiable appetite for all things music.”

She continued: “[Ed] is really leading the charge of the next generation of great A&Rs. We have worked together previously on projects, so I am thrilled he is joining the team.”

Poston added: “I have admired Imagem, their ethos and culture for some time and have enjoyed a great relationship with Kim and her team, which I am very happy to now be joining. 

“Imagem is a shining example of a modern publishing company that values strong relationships with their artists and writers and has an impeccable reputation for delivering.”

NIGEL ELDERTON NAMED PRS CHAIRMAN
1/9/17

Peermusic man Nigel Elderton has been appointed Chairman of British PRO PRS for Music, succeeding Guy Fletcher OBE. He will be helping lead the organisation “during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the U.K. music industry.”

Elderton has spent over 40 years in the music industry, beginning at Chappell Music in ’75, before a 12-year stint at EMI Music Publishing. He was named U.K. MD of peermusic in ’92, when he was first elected to the PRS Board, and subsequently appointed European president. 

Elderton also holds Directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association (MPA), is a former Director of UK Music and a Founding Trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.

Said Elderton of his new role: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as Chairman and I look forward to working closely with Robert Ashcroft and my two deputy chairmen during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the U.K. music industry, both at home and internationally.”

Elderton has a host of honours under his belt including the Gold Badge of Distinction from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), and the MPA's Gold Badge award.

LITTLE MIX SCORE FOURTH WEEK AT #1  
1/6/17

Little Mix and Clean Bandit are leading the post-Christmas charts as Glory Days (Syco) logs a fourth week at #1 and “Rockabye” (Atlantic) helms the Official Singles Chart for a ninth consecutive week. Will Ed Sheeran shake things up next week?

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BLIGHTY'S BEST SELLERS OF 2016
1/2/17

Despite 2016 being a slow year for breakthrough British talent, the best-selling album year-end list features a host of homegrown acts who’ve shifted an impressive amount of units. So why is there just one U.K. act in the Top 10 singles list?

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ED SHEERAN'S BACK
1/1/17

Ed Sheeran, signed to Ben Cook's Atlantic, will release his first new solo music since May 2015 on Friday, as revealed in a brief video via Twitter. It will be the first clue of what's to come from his hotly anticipated third album, which is sure to be one of 2017's biggest releases, and is rumoured to be preceded by a Glastonbury headline performance. The teaser clip has been retweeted 174k times and garnered 289k likes, FYI. 

 

GEORGE MICHAEL FANS HONOR ICON
12/31/16

The Brits have paid respect to late beloved star George Michael by revisiting his catalog, as greatest hits set Ladies & Gentlemen (Sony) sees a 5,625% sales upsurge to hit #8 on the year-end Official Albums Chart. Over on the iTunes chart, it's at #2.

Four of his singles have returned to the Official Singles Top 100, with Wham!’s “Last Christmas” (RCA) at #7, and the second most streamed track of the week with 3.6m streams. Further down, “Careless Whisper” (Epic) is #44, “Faith” (Sony) sits at #64 and Elton John duet “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (Columbia) is at #91.

Higher up, Clean Bandit have claimed an eighth week at #1 with “Rockabye” (Atlantic). With 44k downloads and 3.4m streams over the past seven days, the track becomes the second-longest running chart-topper in Blighty this year behind Drake’s 15-week run with “One Dance” (Island). 

Rising star Zara Larsson has climbed four places to #2 with “I Would Like” (Black Butter), Rag’n’Bone Man is at #3 with “Human” (Columbia) while Little Mix stay at #4 with “Touch” (Syco) and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Columbia) does the same at #5.

Back on the Official Albums chart, Wham!’s The Final is at #40, 2006’s Twenty Five at #47, 1987’s Faith at #62, 2014’s Symphonica #73 and 1996’s Older #84.

Little Mix are back at #1 with Glory Days (Syco), followed by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s Together (Decca), The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley (Sony Music CG), Olly Murs24 HRS (RCA) and The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome (Polydor).

WARNER, UMG SCORE CHRISTMAS #1s
12/23/16

While Warner and UMG have won the coveted Christmas #1 spots on the Official Charts with Clean Bandit and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe respectively, Sony has earned its best singles chart performance since 2008.

Ben Cook’s Atlantic has this year’s top festive single with Clean Bandit’s "Rockabye” f/ rising star Anne–Marie and Sean Paul. The track has remained at the Official Singles helm for seven weeks with a combined chart tally of 589k.

BRITs Critics’ Choice winner Rag’n’Bone Man finishes second place with “Human” (Columbia) 10k copies behind. Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki are at #3 with “Just Hold On” (Syco), while Little Mix leap 19 places with new single “Touch” (Syco) to land at #4. Mariah Carey holiday favourite “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) concludes the Top 5.

Zara Larsson’s “I Would Like” (Black Butter) makes its Top 10 debut at #6, adding to seven singles in the Top 10 for Jason Iley’s Sony, and 11 singles in the Top 20. Over on the Official Albums Chart, UMG imprint Decca boasts the best selling artist album of 2016 with Ball and Boe’s Together. This week the set tallied 110k combined chart sales, 98% of which were physical, bringing its total sales to date to 466k. Little Mix rise one place with Glory Days (Syco) at #2, while The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley is at #3. The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome (Polydor) is at #4 and Olly Murs 24 HRS (RCA) holds at #5.