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KACEY, LUKE ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO GRAMMY NOMS
The CMA Awards effect. (11/16a)
AS VIVENDI PREPS FOR UMG SALE, LIBERTY’S ALL EARS
Look for a Valentine's Day sale. (11/16a)
REVENUE CHART: ARIANA, METRO,
“GALILEO, GALILEO”
Classic rock pulling in the bucks—it's been a while. (11/16a)
A CMA GALLERY
Nashville gets dressed up (11/15a)
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.
Pub Crawling
UMPG AT SIX
11/13/18

UMPG has inked U.K. rockers You Me At Six to a global pub deal, which begins with the band’s latest set, VI, and will carry on through future works. Four of the band’s singles reached #1 in the U.K. and five of its releases have hit the Top 10 in Blighty, with 2014’s Cavalier Youth bowing at #1.

The pubco’s U.K. MD, Mike McCormack, plugged his Flying V into a wall of Marshall amps, stomped on a distortion pedal and declared, “We are so chuffed to be working with YMAS and their great management team in Stefano [Anselmetti] and Colin [Schaverien] who we have a long-standing relationship with. It’s a brilliant, new, innovative record from them, packed full of cracking tunes.”

Seen just before throwing a flaming couch out of a hotel window and into the pool and then enjoying a lovely cuppa and some bickies are (l-r) Max Helyer, Prolifica Management’s Colin Schaverien, Chris Miller, UMPG A&R dude Dougie Bruce, Matt Barnes, Prolifica Management’s Alison Lamb, Josh Franceschi and Dan Flint.

ANOTHER "CROWN": EILISH INKS PUB DEAL WITH UMPG
11/9/18

Teen phenom Billie Eilish, whose Darkroom/Interscope set has earned significant acclaim (and who's discussed at length by label boss John Janick in our recent interview), has inked a global co-pub deal with Jody Gerson's UMPG.

"A talented songwriter who is beyond her years, there is no doubt that Billie is already a powerful voice for her generation. Her expressive songs are an outpouring of honest and raw emotion, and her truth in music resonates with fans around the world,” said Gerson. "With the guidance of UMPG A&R Luke McGrellis and support of the UMPG global team, I am confident that we will be an outstanding creative partner for Billie as she continues to rise."

She added shout-outs for Justin Lubliner from Darkroom, as well as Janick "and the fantastic Interscope team."

"I am really excited to work with Jody, Luke, and the team at Universal, the 16-year-old breakout said. "I am so grateful for all of their amazing support and opportunities."

Eilish's EP don't smile at me has earned north of 2.5 billion streams. Her "when the party's over" is Top 10 U.S. at Spotify and just outside the global leaderboard, while the video is nearing 30m YouTube views. Her duet with Khalid, "lovely," now platinum, racked up 253m Spotify streams and 130m video views. Meanwhile, "you should see me in a crown" has earned 68m streams on Spotify.

She has 18.5m monthly listeners on Spotify, ranking her 85th most listened-to artist in the world on the streaming platform.

 

YOU SHOULD'VE SEEN THE KEGGER
11/8/18

Sony/ATV Canada Prez Gary Furniss collects his honorary diploma from Fanshawe College in Ontario, in recognition of his role in aiding and directing the college's music-industry arts program. Later, Fanshawe President Peter Devlin placed Gary on double-secret probation after a scandalous toga party.