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IL CAPO DI SUGAR
Sweet smell of success. (11/13a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SMOKE-FILLED RUMINATIONS
Theme song: Charlie Rich, "Behind Closed Doors" (11/9a)
MOVE WITH THE FLOW: THE JANICK WAY OF KNOWLEDGE (PART 2)
Don't miss Janick's "New Rules"... Oh wait, that's Bill Maher's bit. (11/12a)
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: STREAMING SONGS
It's a Trippie experience. (11/12a)
RAINMAKERS: MYSTERY GUEST, PLEASE SIGN IN
What do we get if we guess right? (11/9a)
GRAMMY NOMINEES
Collect 'em all!
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Blighty Beat
SYCO, MODEST!'S LITTLE MIX-UP
11/13/18

What has been a harmonious and successful relationship between Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee at Modest! Management and Simon Cowell’s Syco  has been disrupted, with Modest’s Syco acts Little Mix and Rak-Su, the boy band that won Cowell's X Factor last year, moving to fellow Sony label RCA.

A report in British tabloid The Sun suggested a row ensued over the upcoming Little Mix album LM5 and the lack of songwriting credit for the band members on their latest single, “Woman Like Me,” which is currently sitting at #3 on the U.K’s Official Singles Chart; it’s credited to Ed SheeranJess GlynneOnika Maraj and Steve MacLM5 is now due on RCA on Friday. 

According to our sources, the decision to move the acts was Syco's, which makes this drama even more dramatic. 

“The irony was the record they were arguing about, which is ‘Woman Like Me,’ they didn’t want to record,” Cowell told The Sun. “This was one of those ironic times that we were having a hit and nobody was happy.”

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: THREE VIE FOR #1
11/12/18

New albums from MuseOlly Murs and The Beatles have entered the U.K.’s Official Albums Top 3 at the midweek stage while Ariana Grande looks set to hold onto the singles #1. Cheryl currently has this week’s highest new entry on singles at #8.

Muse sits at #1 with Simulation Theory (Warner Bros.), followed by Olly Murs at #2 withYou Know I Know (RCA). The Beatles take third place with an expanded edition of their self-titled 1968 classic known commonly as “The White Album” (Apple Corps).

There are three more new releases eyeing a Top 10 entry: Aled Jones & Russell Watson's collaborative collection In Harmony (BMG) starts at #7, followed by Imagine Dragons' fourth album Origins (Polydor) at #8. I'll Remember You (Sony Music) from Britain's Got Talent 2018 finalists, The D-Day Darlings, is new at #10.

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U.K. CHARTS: A GRANDE ENTRANCE
11/9/18

Ariana Grande has rocketed straight to #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart with “thank u, next” (Island) selling 73k combined sales across six days. Over on albums, The Prodigy are at the top with No Tourists (BMG) on 24k.

Despite starting at #33 midweek, “thank u, next” has quickly risen to the top by a long shot—it’s more than 26k combined sales ahead of closest competitor, “Shallow” (Polydor) by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Those 73k sales include 6.7m streams; it’s Grande’s third U.K. #1 single and first ever solo chart-topper.

On the Official Albums Chart, The Prodigy have their seventh U.K. #1 with No Tourists. The second highest new entry is Barbra Streisand with Walls (Sony Music CG) at #6. Bob Dylan's More Blood More Track—Bootleg Series Vol. 14 (Columbia) lands at #9, earning him a 38th Top 10 record.

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A&R HEROES HONORED IN LONDON
11/7/18

The British A&R community was out in force for MBW's annual A&R Awards in London Tuesday, where Rob Stringer paid tribute to A&R Icon Simon Cowell and a number of rising and established stars were honored.

Atlantic Records won Major Label and Matt Healy from The 1975 presented his “noble” manager and label boss, Dirty Hit founder Jamie Oborne with the Sir George Martin gong. Other A&R winners included Joe Kentish of Warner Bros for pop/R&B; hip-hop/grime went to Benny Scarrs, Jack Foster and artist Dave from NBR Hood; electronic dance to Mike Pickering & Julian Palmer from Columbia; alt/rock went to Charlie Christie and Theo Lalic from September Management; and the adult contemporary trophy was handed to Dominic Fyfe from Decca Classics. Rising star at Virgin EMI Lunick Bourgess was given the Trailblazer gong by boss Ted Cockle.

Publisher winners were Good Soldier and BMG; the management award went to UROK and indie label to Domino. Producer of the year was Steve Mac and songwriter was Camille Purcell.

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BANKS HAILED AT MITS
11/6/18

CAA U.K. co-Head Emma Banks received the MITs gong in London Monday at a ceremony attended by the creme de la creme of the British music business. All were treated to some very special performances from Florence Welch, Beth Ditto and Texas.

“I stand up here I hope as a representative of the many women in the industry who may not have had the opportunity or the inclination to make their voice heard as I have,” Banks said.

Mike Greek and I have worked together for the last 28 years, we’ve been together through some incredible highs and quite frankly some horrendous lows, but we’ve always been there for each other. He’s honest, trustworthy, reliable and kind. He is brilliant at his job and without him I really wouldn’t be here now.”

Peter Mensch and Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith presented the gong to Banks who, as the first female exec to win, paid tribute to the network of women who supported her at the beginning of her career. She also nodded to her first employer, Wasted Talent’s Ian Flooks, Pretenders manager and “trailblazer” Gail Coulson, agent heroes the late Barbara Skydel and Marsha Vlasic, and all the other female talent in the room.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: PRODIGY SPARKS
11/5/18

The Prodigy are heading toward their seventh #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with No Tourists (BMG), while Barbra Steisand starts at #5 with Walls (Sony Music CG). Over on singles, it’s looking like another week at the top for Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper.

No Tourists is currently 6.5k combined sales ahead of its closest competitor, the A Star is Born soundtrack (Polydor). The third highest new entry is Bob Dylan at #6 with The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks (Columbia).

Following her BBC TV Special, Ariana Grande is back up five places to #10 with Sweetener (Island). Sheridan Smith’s second album, A Northern Soul (Warner Music), begins at #13, ahead of Michael Buble’s Christmas (Reprise) which is heading back to the albums chart for the eighth year running, rising 43 places to #20.

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TAP EXPANDS IN THE U.S.
11/1/18

U.K.-born TaP Management has launched an umbrella company, Tap Music, under which sits its records, publishing and management arms. The company has bolstered its team in the U.S. with the hiring of Wendy Ong (pictured) as Head of Marketing and Chris Woo as Senior A&R.

Ong joins from Roc Nation where, as Head of Marketing, she spearheaded campaigns for RihannaJay-Z and Mariah Carey. Prior to that, Ong was VP, Marketing at Interscope as well as Capitol, where she was a key member of the team that broke Sam Smith.

Woo will work across TaP Records and TaP Publishing, as well as overseeing its writer/producer roster with L.A.-based René Symonds. Previously, Woo spent 11 years at AAM, where he was instrumental in building its U.K. roster.

In addition, Aloe Blacc has joined the company’s management roster ahead of the release of his Christmas Funk album this month.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SI BREEZES
10/29/18

Andrea Bocelli is on course for his first ever U.K. #1 album this week with Si (Decca), which features Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Josh Groban, sitting at the top of the Official Albums midweek chart. But it’s a very tight race.

Tom Odell’s third album, Jubilee Road (Columbia), is a close second just 2.5k combined sales behind. And the A Star Is Born soundtrack (Polydor) is currently a mere 500 sales behind at #3.

Following the release of the film, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Virgin) has moved up a place to #4, ahead of The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) at #5.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is on track for a Top 10 debut with the soundtrack for supernatural horror film Suspiria (XL) at #8, and Culture Club & Boy George are close behind with Life (BMG) at #9.

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