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TOP 20: AFTER EFFECT
Sometimes art and commerce are totally in sync. (3/26a)
PND & RIHANNA COLLAB ON "BELIEVE IT"
Let's get the PARTY started. (3/26a)
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE: PART 3
Alternate title: Home Alone 3 (3/26a)
iHEART ADDS TO SUNDAY'S LIVING ROOM SPECIAL (UPDATE)
Live music on TV! (3/27a)
VIRTUAL CONCERT AND LIVESTREAM ROUNDUP (UPDATED DAILY)
Giving home entertainment new meaning (3/28a)
RUBBER GLOVES
Do you have to wear them to work?
MARCH MADNESS
Oh, that's a sports thing too? We just meant that we're losing our minds.
VIRAL MARKETING
How we talk about the Coronavirus.
BERNIE
Can he crash on your couch?
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: WEEKND WARRIOR
3/27/20

The Weeknd has his second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with After Hours (Island) hitting the top on 26k combined sales. Over on singles, the reign of Saint Jhn continues.

After Hours sold more than double that of its closest competitor, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) at #2. Of The Weeknd's 26k sales, 78% came from streaming.

Morrissey’s I Am Not a Dog on a Chain (BMG) is the second highest new albums entry today at #3.

The late Kenny Rogers has reached a new peak at #6 with his All The Hits & All New Love Songs (EMI) compilation, which charted at #14 following its release in 1999.

Manchester band The Slow Readers Club land their highest charting album yet with The Joy Of The Return (Modern Sky) at #9. A previously unreleased rarities EP from David Bowie, Is It Any Wonder? (Parlophone), closes the Top 10 at #10.

On the U.K’s Official Singles Chart, SAINt JHN’s “Roses” (Hitco/Ministry of Sound) spends a second week at the top. The track scored 60k combined chart sales, including 7.4m streams.

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PRS OPENS RELIEF FUND
3/25/20

U.K. PRO PRS for Music has launched the PRS Emergency Relief Fund to support its songwriter and composer members during the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to £1k ($1,200) will be available around the world.

The fund is open to those who have been a PRS member for at least two years and have earned more than £500 in the last two years. Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need. It's part of a wider plan to support members during the coming weeks, with further measures being explored.

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STYLES TOUR MOVES TO 2021
3/25/20

Harry Styles has moved the U.K. and European legs of his world tour to 2021. One of the hottest ticket sellers globally, Styles’ tour will now kick off 2/12 in Bologna, Italy, and wrap 3/30 in Moscow. Homecoming shows in London are 3/23-24 at the O2.

U.K. MIDWEEKS: WEEKND WOWS
3/23/20

The Weeknd is heading for his second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with After Hours (Island). Over on singles, Saint Jhn is on course for another week at the top with “Roses” (Ministry of Sound).

Winning on both streaming and downloads, After Hours is 6k combined sales ahead of Morrissey, whose 13th solo album, I Am Not a Dog on a Chain (BMG), starts at #2.

An unreleased rarities EP from David Bowie, Is It Any Wonder? (Parlophone), is the third highest new entry on today’s midweek update at #4. Manchester band The Slow Readers Club are on the cusp of their first Top 5 with The Joy Of The Return (Modern Sky) currently at #5.

Following his death Friday, Kenny RogersAll The Hits & All New Love Songs (EMI) is #6. The compilation peaked at #14 on its release in 1999, and now could mark Rogers’ first Top 10 record since August 1985.

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TRADE ORGS PUSH FOR MUSICIAN AID
3/23/20

U.K. musicians have lost an estimated £13.9m in earnings due to the coronavirus pandemic and trade orgs are demanding help from the Government for the self-employed.

A report from The Musicians’ Union in the U.K. revealed that 90% of musicians have already been affected, with job opportunities down 69% vs. the same time last year. According to the findings, the highest loss of earnings is due to canceled gigs and live performances. Teaching and orchestral work are also experiencing a significant downturn due to social distancing measures, closures and pupil isolation. As a result, the MU has launched a Coronavirus Hardship Fund to offer £200 grants to those who are facing financial difficulty.

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U.K. CHARTS: HORAN HEATS UP
3/20/20

 

Niall Horan has emerged victorious in this week’s chart battle in Blighty as Heartbreak Weather (Virgin EMI) claims the Official Albums #1. Over on singles, Saint Jhn is reigning champ.

Heartbreak Weather,  Horan's second solo album, betters the #3 peak its predecessor reached in 2017.

It was a close call this week on albums, with just 2.3k combined sales separating the Top 3. Lewis Capaldi ended up being Horan’s closest competitor, with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) ending the week at #2. The Shires, whose Good Years (BMG) held the midweek #1, are new at #3.

Circa Waves claim their first Top 5 with Sad Happy (Prolifica) at #4, followed by Lil Uzi Vert’s  Eternal Atake (Atlantic) at #5.

UMC’s Matt Monro collection Stranger in Paradise­—The Lost New York Sessions charts at #8. Scottish indie four-piece The Snuts make their Official Chart debut at #14 as Mixtape (Parlophone) is this week’s best-selling album on vinyl.

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GLASTONBURY POSTPONED
3/18/20

Glastonbury has confirmed that its 50th anniversary event, due to take place at the end of June, has been postponed due to the coronavirus. The festival will happen in 2021 instead.

The news was announced today via Twitter in a letter from Michael and Emily Eavis. “Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week—and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty—this is now our only viable option.”

The festival was set for June 24-28 at Worthy Farm with Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar headlining. A host of other acts were announced last week, including Dua Lipa, Pet Shop Boys and Mabel.

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LABEL INCOME RISES 7.3% IN '19
3/17/20

Record label income in the U.K. grew by 7.3% in 2019 to hit nearly £1.1b, marking the fourth consecutive year of growth, according to figures from the BPI. Cash earned from streaming rose by 21.8% to represent nearly 60% of the market at £628.9m.

British record labels earned £1.07b from the sale of music last year—the highest trade income since 2006 when the combined total was £1.166b. 

Subscription streaming revenues grew 21.7% in 2019 to £568.8m (90% of the streaming pie) while ad-supported rose 29.7% to £24.7m (4%). Video streaming was up 18.8% to £35.3m (6%).

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