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ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
Look who won the lottery. (1/22a)
ICYMI: THE MUSIC OF INAUGURATION DAY
Just what the doctor ordered. (1/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS: CHANGINGS OF THE GUARD
A big start to 2021. (1/19a)
THE CELEBRATION
MOVES TO iTUNES
America embraces songs of hope and uplift. (1/21a)
TOP 20: GUTEN MORGAN
Another big week for Republic. (1/21a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Blighty Beat
GLASTONBURY IS CANCELED
1/21/21

Glastonbury Festival has been officially called off for 2021 due to the pandemic, casting doubt on the entire festival season in the U.K. The event’s organizers, Michael and Emily Eavis, revealed the news in a statement today.

Set to take place at the end of June, the 2021 event had already announced Paul McCartney as a headliner alongside a slew of other performers including Diana Ross, Camila Cabello, Muse, Dua Lipa, Primal Scream, Pet Shop Boys and Thom Yorke.

Earlier in January, Emily Eavis denied claims by Spice Girls member Mel B (who were rumored to be playing the Sunday night Legends slot) that the event was going to be cancelled. She confirmed the news this morning in a tweet. “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.”

Those who secured a ticket in October are being offered the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for 2022. The Eavises said, “We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!”

With Glastonbury gone, the question remains whether it’s viable for any mass-scale event to take place this year. In an interview with The Guardian, Association of Independent Festivals CEO, Paul Reed, said bigger festivals are likely to make decisions this month, while smaller festivals are likely to wait until the end of March.

CAMELPHAT RE-UPS WITH SONY/ATV U.K.
1/19/21


Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K.
has renewed its global deal and launched a joint publishing venture with multi-platinum production duo CamelPhat.

Consisting of Mike Di Scala and Dave Whelan, the pair is best known for songs like the Grammy and Ivor Novello-nominated “Cola” with Elderbrook, as well as their many contributions to the electronic and dance scene. CamelPhat has also collaborated with artists like Jake Bugg, Rhodes, Noel Gallagher and Yannis Philippakis of Foals.

Recently, CamelPhat saw success with the release of their debut album, Dark Matter. The 21-track collection featured new songs with the likes of Skream and Gallagher, while also including several of their previous hits such as “Easier” f/LOWES and “Be Someone” with Bugg.

“David and Mike are heroes in the electronic/dance world, and it is a true honour for us to officialise and step up our relationship. Outside of their CamelPhat artist act, they have been excelling in songwriting and in production, but also in A&R and collaborating with and for other artists.” shared Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. President, Co-Managing Director, David Ventura.

“We're really happy to continue working with David and his team,” added CamelPhat. “We're really excited to make it official, and with our own publishing imprint, it was important for us to help find and nurture the new, fresh and emerging talent. We look forward to what the future holds together.”

“The passion, expertise and energy of David Ventura and his team made this an easy decision to make and were excited to see the journey unfold,” said Anton Powers, Manager, CamelPhat Music.

CEOS TALK STREAMING
1/19/21

The three U.K. major label CEOs—David Joseph, Jason Iley and Tony Harlow—today appeared before a Government select committee to justify their share of the streaming pie and answer MPs’ probing (and often misguided) questions.

Speaking on behalf of Universal, Sony and Warner, the execs appeared in the third witness session for the ongoing inquiry into the economics of streaming. PPL’s Peter Leathem and PRS for Music CEO Andrea C Martin also gave evidence.

In response to the accusation that the major labels, and Spotify, are essentially operating an oligopoly, Iley said: “There is more competition in the music industry now than in my 30 years of doing this job. The independent sector is brilliant and signing some of the best acts and there are opportunities for artists to sign to majors, independents or distribute their own music.”

When questioned about whether the economics of the music industry have caught up with the growth of streaming, Iley said that 80% of Sony’s U.K.  revenue comes from streaming and that the label spends more money on A&R and marketing “than I’ve ever seen in my career.”

Over the course of his three years as CEO, Iley said he’s spent more than £190m in A&R, increased Sony’s labels to 15 from six and spent more than £170m marketing acts. On average, he said, he signs over 50 artists per year and it’s “rare” that an advance for an album deal is less than £200k, while single deals can reach up to £300k.

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BPI DROPS SOME STREAMING STATS
1/19/21

Ahead of today’s evidence session for the British Government’s ongoing inquiry into the economics of streaming, trade body BPI has issued some figures to illustrate the way in which streaming is benefitting artists and resulting in a more "democratic" market. Three U.K. major label CEOs addressed the government today.

Around 1,800 artists achieved more than 10m streams in the U.K. alone in the past 12 months—72% more than the total of 1,048 artists who achieved the equivalent 10k album sales in the CD, LP and download market of 2007, BPI stats show. Streaming, says the BPI, has also made the market more democratic: the top 10 artists were dominant in streaming (5%) in 2020 than in CD sales in 2005 (13%).

Moreover, BPI global streaming data shows that the top 1,500 artists in the U.K. generate, on average, nine times as many streams outside the U.K. as they do at home, with 300 British artists now achieving 100m global streams or more annually. Around 400 artists, drawn from rock and pop’s mainstream but increasingly also from rap, hip hop, dance and indie, were streamed more than 50m times in the U.K.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SIX'S BIG PUNCH
1/18/21

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” (Polydor) is set for another week on top as British rock group You Me At Six is heading for this week’s U.K. Official Albums #1 with Suckapunch (Underdog/AWAL).

Sleaford Mods’ Spare Ribs (Rough Trade) is behind You Me At Six at the halfway point at #2, followed by Why Don’t We’s  The Good Times and the Bad Ones (Atlantic) at #4.

London post-punk outfit Shame are in line for their highest-charting album to date with Drunk Tank Pink (Dead Oceans) at #6 and David Bowie’s live album LIVEANDWELL.COM (Parlophone) could become his 35th Top 10 album, now at #8.

Zayn Malik’s Nobody Is Listening (RCA) is the most-streamed new release of the week at #10 and Ashnikko’s debut mixtape, Demidevil (Parlophone) is #11.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweek chart, this week’s highest new entry looks set to be a new collaboration from Anne-MarieKSI and Digital Farm Animals, “Don’t Play” (Atlantic), which starts at #2.

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U.K. CHARTS: "LICENSE" TO RULE
1/15/21

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” (Polydor) set an Official Chart record this week, racking up 2.407m streams in a 24-hour period on its way to #1. On albums, Barry Gibb claims his first U.K. #1 as a solo artist with Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook, Vol. 1 (EMI).

“Drivers License” recorded 95k chart sales, including 10.9m streams, to outpace midweek leaders Little Mix’s “Sweet Melody” (RCA), which drops to #2, and Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow” (Atlantic), which finishes at #3. Rodrigo posted the biggest opening week for a #1 debut single since ZAYN’s “Pillowtalk” in February 2016.

The record “Drivers License” set was for the highest number of streams in a single day for a non-Christmas song. The previous record holder was Sheeran’s “Shape Of You.”

Back at albums, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook, Vol. 1 finished the week with twice the chart sales of its closest competition with 83% of the album’s final made up of physical copies. Gibb’s previous chart peak as a solo artist was with 2016’s In The Now at #2.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: REVISITING THE GIBBS
1/11/21

Barry Gibb is on track to claim his first U.K. Official Albums #1 as a solo artist with Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook, Vol. 1 (EMI). Over on singles, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran are neck and neck for #1.

Gibb leads this week’s midweek albums chart with a collection of country interpretations of classic Bee Gees hits, featuring the likes of Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and Brandi Carlile.

Singer-songwriter Passenger is currently new at #2 with his 13th studio album, Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted (Cooking Vinyl). Following what would have marked his 74th birthday and the fifth anniversary of his passing, David Bowie’s greatest hits Legacy (Parlophone) rockets 21 places to #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweek update, Little Mix’s “Sweet Melody” (RCA) could claim a second week but Sheeran’s “Afterglow” (Atlantic) is just 250 sales behind at #2.

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MINISTRY OF SOUND UPS TWO
1/11/21

Sony Music U.K. has promoted Amy Wheatley to MD and Negla Abdela to GM at Ministry of Sound. Both execs report to label President Dipesh Parmar

Wheatley, left, who joined Ministry of Sound in 2017 as General Manager, has overseen the label's growth, expansion of the roster and the integration of playlisting and compilations with Parmar, who was promoted to President in June.

Abdela, right, started at Ministry of Sound in 2015 as a Social Media Channel Manager before being promoted to Head of Digital in 2018. She has led the digital strategy across the label’s roster as well as the prominent Ministry of Sound playlist brand. 

Parmar said: “Negla’s digital nuance has helped Ministry excel in the world of online engagement and Amy is a leader in every sense. Her drive and passion for both the roster and the team makes her one of the most respected and dynamic executives in the business. We all share the same vision for the label and the artists we want to sign.”

Last year, the team at Ministry of Sound achieved success with a string of hits including SAINt JHn's "Roses," which was the third biggest selling single of 2020, Regard’s double-platinum "Ride It" and follow up record "Secrets," Doja Cat's "Say So," Paul Woolford & Diplo’s "Looking For Me," Sigala and James Arthur's "Lasting Lover" and Tate Mcrae's "You Broke Me First."