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NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (9/30a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (9/30a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (9/30a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO VIOLA BEACH
2/15/16

By Rhian Jones

The U.K. music industry has been rocked by a horrific tragedy this weekend after news surfaced that new Communion signing Viola Beach (pictured) and manager Craig Tarry were killed in a car accident on Sunday while on tour. Public support and fan-led campaigns are propelling the four-piece up the Official Singles Charts as “Swings & Waterslides” makes its Top 40 debut at #39, a number that’s expected to continue on an upward trajectory this week.

Proceeds of the sale of the track, which has had 564,688 listens on Spotify to date, will go to the families of the band and Tarry. Latest release “Boys That Sing” is currently #22 on the U.K. iTunes chart. The band were hotly tipped to break this year and amongst the six acts lined up to play at the BBC Introducing and PRS for Music showcase at SXSW.

Elsewhere on the Official Singles midweek update, Danish band Lukas Graham are set to continue their reign at #1 for a second week with “7 Years” (WMG) and Zayn’s "PILLOWTALK" (RCA) holds at #2.

On the Official Albums front, Adele’s 25 (XL) could reclaim the top spot five weeks after the end of its initial seven-week run. Nearest competitor Ronan Keating is 4k sales behind at #2 with tenth solo album Time of My Life (Decca).