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SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
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MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: RAG'S ROAD TO RICHES
5/14/21

On his way to #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart, Rag’n’Bone Man’s Life By Misadventure (Columbia) outsold the rest of the Top 5 combined to claim the biggest opening week for a British act in 2021.

Life By Misadventure registered 42k sales including 33k on physical formats, making it the fastest-selling album by a solo artist this year. It’s Rag’n’Bone Man’s second album and second #1 following 2017’s Human, which clocked 1.2m U.K. chart sales and returns to the Top 40 this week at #35.

In second place in the all-new Top 5 is Michael Ball’s 24th Top 40 album, We Are More Than One (Decca). Two debut full-lengths are next: Dodie is new at #3 with Build A Problem (Doddleoddle) and Squid’s Bright Green Field (Warp), the week’s best-seller on vinyl, enters at #4. Van Morrison’s Latest Record Project Volume 1 (BMG) rounds out the Top 5.

Weezer claim their first Top 40 album in 13 years with Van Weezer (Crush/Atlantic) at #30.

On the singles chart,Body” (Atlantic) by Tion Wayne & Russ Millions  claims a second week at #1, scoring 81k chart sales in its biggest week yet.  It had 11.8m streams—double the plays of its closest competition—to hold off Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Columbia) at #2.

Several acts who performed at this week’s BRIT Awards enjoyed a post-show uplift. The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” (XO/Republic) rose three slots to a new peak of #5; Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk’s “Anywhere Away From Here” rocketed 22 places to #9; and Coldplay’s show opener, “Higher Power” (Parlophone), opened at #12.