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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/16a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
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
BATTLE OF THE BRITS
10/2/19
There's currently a margin of 12k combined sales between Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) and Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic) in the U.K., which begs the question — who will claim 2019's biggest selling new album in Blighty?

With three months left until the end of the year, and no potential stratospheric releases on the horizon from British artists (unless Adele surprises us all), the title is almost sure to go to one of the two. Which one remains to be seen but you can bet Virgin EMI will be pulling out the stops in an attempt to add that coveted title to Capaldi's growing stable of accolades. 

On Friday, he released a Bruises EP with four different versions of the album's track, which will count towards its final sales. In addition, his pimped-out performance for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, alongside a symphony orchestra in Croxteth Park last week, had bumped the album up four places at Monday's halfway point. But Ed Sheeran is Ed Sheeran, and has clocked up his 396k sales in just under two months less than the time it's taken Capaldi to hit 408k, according to Official Chart Company stats.