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ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
High times in Inglewood (6/20a)
BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
Sloshing through the fun (6/20a)
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Black Music Month in the ATL (6/18a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Blighty Beat
UMG U.K. SCORES A PERFECT 10
1/9/24

UMG U.K. celebrated a historic first on Friday: 10 albums in the Official Albums Top 10, thanks to releases by Lewis Capaldi, Taylor Swift and more.

Capaldi made a surprise return to #1 thanks to an extended edition of his #1 2023 set, Broken by Desire to be Heavenly Sent (EMI). That victory sealed UMG’s tally, which also included 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (EMI) by Swift at #2, The Highlights (Republic) by The Weeknd at #3, ABBA’s Gold - Greatest Hits (Polar Music) at #4 and Noah Kahan’s Stick Season (Mercury/Republic) at #5.

The rest of the Top 10 was made up like so: Guts (Geffen) by Olivia Rodrigo at #6, Diamonds (Virgin EMI) by Elton John at #7, Midnights by Swift at #8, Folklore by Swift at #9 and Eminem’s Curtain Call — The Hits (Aftermath/Interscope) at #10.

May we raise a glass of champers to the hard-working teams in Blighty. Cheers!