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RAINING CATS & DOGS
Starring Doja Cat, Nipper and Ms. Larry David (5/13a)
NEAR TRUTHS: TURN UP THAT VICTROLA
Speaking of Nipper... (5/13a)
TIME TRAVELING
WITH CLIVE (UPDATE)
Beam us up, Uncle Clive. (5/13a)
ROCK HALL INDUCTEES:
NEW & OVERDUE
Todd gets in. Finally. (5/13a)
KG's HOT ALT SUMMER
She also reviews the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers. (5/13a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
Blighty Beat
BEN JACKSON-COOK INKS WITH SMP U.K.
5/12/21

Sony Music Publishing U.K. has inked songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Jackson-Cook to an exclusive global pub deal. 

The South London native is known for his work with Rag’n’Bone Man as his musical director and primary collaborator, having co-written and co-produced his album, Life By Misadventure, including his latest single, “Crossfire.” 

Released on 5/7, the album has outsold the rest of the Top 5 combined on the U.K. Official Album Charts dated 5/10, with approximately 30k units over the weekend.

Jackson-Cook has also collaborated with various artists, such as Mike Elizondo, Natalie Hemby, Allen Shamblin & Mike Reid, Wendy Melvoin, Daru Jones, Jamie Lidell, Simon Aldred, Wayne Hector, Tom Grennan, JP Cooper and more.

“Ben is an exceptional talent. I love that he is instinctive, taking time with artists to dig deeper. I am thrilled that we are a part of this creative journey with him,” said Sarah Lockhart, Head of A&R, SMP U.K.

“With songwriting credits on every single track on Life By Misadventure, Ben has launched his career with a bang. I am excited to work closely with Ben, Chris Woo and Jill Hollywood as Ben continues to take his creative genius to new heights,” shared SMP Senior Director, A&R Research & Analytics, U.K. & International, Felix Canetty-Clarke

“Felix, David, Tim and Sarah have been overwhelmingly welcoming and praising of my work. I can tell they share the same love of songs that I do and we’re definitely going to make some great things happen together. Felix is a force to be reckoned with and I’m honoured to be on the journey with him and Sony,” said Jackson-Cook.

Prior to his time as a musical director at Disney, Jackson-Cook began his music career at Olympic Studios. He’s previously played for acts like OMI, Little Mix and Ella Eyre, as well as performing with Rag’n’Bone Man with Jools Holland and his orchestra on multiple late-night shows.

U.K. MIDWEEKS: RAG 'N' #1 MAN
5/10/21

The second album from Columbia’s Rag’n’Bone Man is outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined on the Official Albums Chart midweek report while Coldplay is set for their first Top 10 single in four years.

Rag’n’Bone Man’s Life By Misadventure sold just shy of 30k units over the weekend and is on course to be his second UK #1. His debut, 2017’s Human, was the fastest-selling debut album of the 2010s by a solo male artist.

His collaboration with P!nk, “Anywhere Away From Here,” is on its way to becoming his fourth Top 20 single. The two will perform the song Tuesday on The Brit Awards.

Behind Rag’n’Bone Man is Michael Ball’s 27th album, We Are More Than One (Decca), which is in line to be his sixth Top 3 entry in the last five years.

After landing two EPs in the Top 10, Dodie’s debut album Build A Problem (Doddleoddle) is eyeing the #3 slot, a career best. Another debut, Brighton post-punk group Squid’s Bright Green Field (Warp), is #4.

Van Morrison’s collection of rants, Latest Record Project, Volume 1 (BMG), is #5; New Order’s live album Education Entertainment Recreation (Rhino) is #7; and Weezer, at #10, may secure their highest-charting album with Van Weezer (Atlantic).

Coldplay’s new single, “Higher Power” (Parlophone) is currently #3 on the Official Singles Chart midweek report. It’s their first time in the Top 10 since 2017’s collab with Chainsmokers, “Something Just Like This.

Looking to hold onto the top slot for a second week is “Body” by Tion Wayne & Russ Millions (Atlantic), which was the U.K.’s most-streamed song over the weekend. The remix of Kid Laroi’s “Without Youwith Miley Cyrus (Columbia) is up 17 spots to #13.

BRITS TO HONOR TAYLOR
5/10/21

Taylor Swift will receive the BRITs Global Icon award, making her the first female artist to receive the honor.

The U.K’.s biggest-selling artist of 2021, will receive the award at Tuesday’s ceremony for her impact on music across the world and achievements to date. Previous winners were Elton John, Robbie Williams and David Bowie.

Like all winners on the night, Taylor will be presented with two trophies that make up this year’s BRIT award. It’s the BRITs’ first collaborative double-trophy design, created by Es Devlin OBE and Yinka Ilori MBE. Each winner is encouraged to award the second trophy to someone else—a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague, fellow artist, key worker, or another person important to them.

U.K. CHARTS: ROYAL CROWNED
5/7/21

Royal Blood have topped the U.K. Official Albums Chart with Typhoons (Warner Records) registering the biggest opening week for a British act in 2021. Over on singles, Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’ “Body” (Atlantic) lands at #1.

Typhoons’ 32k sales were more than the rest of this week’s Top 5 combined. It’s their third chart-topping album.

The Coral’s Coral Island (Modern Sky) is also new at #2 today while live album Celebrate the Music of Peter Green (BMG)—a tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s founding guitarist—enters at #3.

Young Heart (Atlantic) by Birdy is new at #4 and Fortitude (Roadrunner) from French heavy-metal act Gojira lands at #6.

There are three more new entries in the Top 10: girl in red’s debut, if i could make it go quiet (AWAL), at #7; Pink Floyd's Live at Knebworth 1990 (Legacy) at #8; and DJ Khaled’s Khaled Khaled (Sony) at #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, “Body” rises three places to #1 on 71k sales (including 10.7m streams), becoming the first drill song to top the chart. The rise was powered by a remix featuring Bugzy MaloneFivio ForeignDarkooBuniArrDee and E1 & ZT.

Long-reigning #1, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (RCA) by Lil Nas X drops to #2, and Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” f/SZA (Ministry of Sound) lifts three places to a new peak at #3.

Billie Eilish has this week’s highest new entry with “Your Power” (Polydor) at #5, while The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” (Island) flies 12 places to a new peak at #8 following a remix feat. Ariana Grande.

PRS LANDS IN MORE HOT WATER
5/7/21

PRS for Music has come under fire again for introducing a backdated 10% tariff for online livestream concerts, which the Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum say is “unjustifiable.”

For paid events, the PRO has introduced a license that costs 10% of gross revenue (plus VAT) for events that earn more than £1,500. As previously stated, licenses for members performing their own work are free. Small concerts earning less than £1,500 are now charged between 5% and 8% of revenue, depending on earnings, which doesn’t apply to events held last year.

Despite PRS calling the 10% tariff a “discounted rate” the MMF and FAC point out that it’s “considerably higher than the initial 8% tariff proposed by PRS in late 2020, and more than twice the rate for physical live shows,” which is currently 4.2%.

A joint statement continues: “MMF and FAC believe that the high level of backdated tariffs for online shows will be widely viewed as unjustifiable. This hits those artists in the middle the hardest and certainly cannot be construed as a ‘discount’.”

The organizations are urging PRS to “reconsider and come back with fair and reasonable proposals that the whole industry, including their own members, can benefit from.”

RADIO 1 REVEALS BIG WEEKEND
5/6/21

Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Celeste and Royal Blood will perform at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend at the end of May. It’s not an in-person festival.

Due to the restrictions, fans will be watching or listening to the performances via radio or online. There will be more than100 sets, including 50 that will be new and five that will be filmed on location in front of iconic backdrops around the U.K. More will be recorded in the BBC’s Radio Theatre.

The event will take place across four days for the first time in its history from 5/28-31. Other acts on the bill include Mabel, Wolf Alice, Eric Prydz and Bicep plus two more for Sunday that are TBA.

Interested in tuning in? Performances will be broadcast on Radio 1 with full sets available on streaming platform BBC Sounds. A selection of tracks will be available to watch on Radio 1’s iPlayer and YouTube channels, with a curated stream on iPlayer featuring select performances and artist interviews from Saturday to Monday.

 

U.K. VENUES READY FOR RETURN
5/5/21

U.K. venues are gearing up to open their doors in May with more 17k full-capacity shows booked to take place by the end of September, according to a survey by Music Venue Trust. The Royal Albert Hall has just announced it will reopen 5/29.

According to the British Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, socially distanced shows are allowed to take place beginning 5/17 and venues will be able to operate at full capacity starting 6/21.

Between those dates, more than 2,500 socially distanced shows are on sale in 266 venues, with more than 4k shows across over 400 venues predicted to take place during the month, according to MVT. Beyond the 17k already confirmed, by the end of September, the survey says that nearly 30k shows are likely to take place in front of more than 6.8m audience members.

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THE WEEKND JOINS BRITS BILL
5/5/21

The Weeknd is the latest star to join the BRIT Awards line-up although due to the current restrictions, his performance will be filmed remotely. He’s nominated in the International Male Solo Artist category for the third time.

The Weeknd last performed at the ceremony in 2016 and hasn’t yet won a BRIT. This year, he’s up against Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Burna Boy and Bruce Springsteen. After snubbing the Grammys, will he find victory in Blighty?

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