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YOUR TOP 20: P!NK AND GREEN
RCA pop diva rolls another strike. (10/18a)
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BIBLE'S CHART CHIEF
Silvio is stuck in the middle. (10/18a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT FOR BEST NEW ARTIST
Grammy Whisperer is getting busy. (10/18a)
FADER: YOUTUBE CLIP THROWS BIBLE FOR A LOOP
Game on, so to speak. (10/18a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SURPRISES ON THE GRAMMY BALLOT
You can't tell the categories without a scorecard. (10/18a)
HITS GRAMMY SPECIAL
You buy ad now, yes?
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
Blighty Beat
CHARTS: NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL #1
10/6/17

Shania Twain has come out on top in this week’s battle to be the top selling album in the U.K., taking the Official Albums Chart crown by fewer than 1,000 combined sales. Twain’s Now (EMI) bested Wolf Alice’s Visions of a Life (Dirty Hit) by 764 combined sales. It is Twain’s second #1 album in the U.K., having hit the pinnacle in 1999 with Come On Over. It is only the second #1 album by a female artist released this year; Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life was the first.

On the singles side, Republic’s Post Malone easily secures his first #1 single in Blighty. His “Rockstar” f/21 Savage accumulated a huge 5.7m streams this week. His next single, “I Fall Apart,” debuts at #40.

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U.K. CHARTS: KILLERS GO 5 FOR 5
9/29/17

The Killers have gone five for five in the U.K. becoming the first international act to hit #1 on the Official Albums Chart with their first five albums. Wonderful Wonderful (EMI) moved 52,000 album equivalent sales, outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined. The singles side had a much tighter race.

Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol) celebrates a third week at #1 finishing just 693 downloads and streaming equivalents ahead of “Rockstar,” which moves to #2 from #5. Malone’s previous highest charting single in the U.K. was “Congratulations,” which hit #28 earlier this year.

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U.K. CHARTS: FOOS GO FOR THE GOLD
9/22/17

Foo Fighters have scored a fourth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Concrete and Gold shifting 61k combined sales. Ferdy Unger Hamilton’s Columbia now boasts four of the Top 10 biggest-selling week one albums of 2017.

Foo Fighters join Rag’n’Bone Man (117k), Kasabian (52k) and Harry Styles (57k) in Hamilton’s list of opening week sales stars. Concrete and Gold is the sixth #1 album from the Sony U.K. label this year; Arcade Fire and The Script also hit the top spot.

At #2, Gary Newman has his first Top 10 album in 35 years with Savage (Songs From a Broken World) (BMG). The third highest new entry this week goes to supergroup Prophets of Rage, who land at #6 with their self-titled debut (Caroline).

Thanks to a 500% sales boost driven by his Mercury Music Prize win, Young Turks act Sampha rises 145 spots to end the week at #7 with debut Process. The song he played during the ceremony, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano,” has enjoyed a 265% rise on streaming services, earning an additional 342k streams this last week.

Over on the Official Singles Chart, Sam Smith spends his second week at #1 with “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol). This week’s highest new entry is “Rockstar” (Island) by Post Malone f/21 Savage, which has greatly improved its midweek peak of #15, and ends at #5. Further down, Niall Horan’s “Too Much to Ask” (Virgin EMI) enters at #24.

 

STALKING MUSIC FANS IN 2017
9/20/17


How are folks worldwide listening to music? That’s a question the IFPI has answered in a new report surveying the habits of music fans over the last six months, the majority of whom (55%) favour video sites for on-demand streaming. Which, of course, further raises the thorny issue of the ‘value gap’.

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A PRODIGOUS DEAL WITH BMG
9/19/17

l-r: Keef Flint, Maxim Howlett, Korda Marshall and Liam Howlett ponder the hairstyles of days past.


The Prodigy announced they'll be releasing their first album in three years through BMG come early 2018. Already handling the publishing of band founder Liam Howlett's entire catalogue, this album deal marks the next step in BMG's relationship with The Prodigy. 

BMG U.K. EVP Music Korda Marshall is now the Firestarter.

The Prodigy’s last album, The Day Is My Enemy, reached #1 in the U.K., making it their sixth album to hit that position in their home territory. The new album will be on their label, Take Me To The Hospital, and will be preceded by a single later this year. 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: FOOS GOOD ASĀ GOLD
9/18/17

Foo Fighters are heading toward their fourth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Concrete and Gold (Columbia) sitting at the top on 43k combined sales at the midway stage. Concrete and Gold is selling more than the Top 10 combined and could hit one spot higher than the #2 peak its predecessor, Sonic Highways, reached in 2014 on 89k sales.

Gary Numan and Prophets of Rage are among new entrants in the Top 5, with Numan looking set to score his first Top 10 album since ’82 with Savage (Songs From A Broken World) (BMG). Supergroup Prophets of Rage are currently at #4 with their self-titled debut (Caroline).

Over on the singles list, Sam Smith is eyeing a second week at #1.

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U.K. CHARTS: SMITH SCORES 6TH #1
9/15/17

Sam Smith has scored his sixth U.K. Official Singles #1 as “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol) hits the top on 62k combined sales. That’s made up of 4.4m streams and 33k downloads. The track is also #1 in Australia (a first) and New Zealand.

Only six British men have had more songs hit the top spot in Blighty and “Too Good at Goodbyes"—the first new music from Smith's upcoming second set—is the sixth song to debut at #1 this year. Prior to the release of his first album, Smith's career gathered heat with a #1 single in 2014 with "Money On My Mind," and Naughty Boy's "La La La" before that.

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SAMPHA CROWNED MERCURY WINNER
9/15/17

Young Turks soul act Sampha walked away with the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize in London Thursday night for debut album, Process, which has shot to #2 on the U.K. iTunes chart today. It’s the second win for Caius Pawson’s Beggars' label in seven years after The xx took the prize in 2010 for their self-titled debut.

The judging panel choose Process for “its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability…When you discover this record you’ll want to live with it, share it and celebrate it.”

On collecting his trophy and cheque for £25k, Sampha thanked his label, judges and family before performing “(Nobody Knows Me) Like the Piano” for the second time to a standing ovation. Other well-received performances on the night included nominees Stormzy (#Merky), bookies’ favourite Kate Tempest (Fiction) and Loyle Carner(Virgin EMI).