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JESUS IS COMING—REALLY
Your skepticism is understandable, given recent history. (10/21a)
STRUNG OUT
ON STRINGS
KG is happy for a change. (10/21a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: A BATTLE FOR #1
Sometimes our two countries seem quite distinct from each other taste-wise. (10/21a)
JESUS IS COMING—REALLY
But shouldn't "is" have an initial cap? (10/21a)
TOP 50 CHART: THIS THING IS BROKE
Never...again (10/21a)
RIHANNA PREPARES TO RULE THE ROOST
What shoes go with dancehall?
WHAT'S NEXT FOR R&B?
How certain projects connect at streaming.
THE K-POP LANDSCAPE
농담은 한국어에서 더 잘 작동합니다.
THE NEW GRAMMY POWER
Change is nigh.
Blighty Beat
REPORT: COOPER OUT AT BBC
10/21/19

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Controller Ben Cooper is leaving the Beeb after an eight-year run, Music Business Worldwide reported.

In September, Lorna Clarke took over as Pop Music Controller, a job many believed would go to Cooper.  

Initially at Capital Radio and BBC Radio 1, he was named Deputy Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra in 2009 and promoted to Controller in October 2011.

Cooper has been responsible for Radio 1’s digital strategy and terrestrial programming and has grown the channel’s online and social media audience. His departure follows those of numerous high-level executives—among them Zane Lowe and George Ergatoudis—who have moved over to Apple Music’s Beats 1.

U.K. CHARTS: ELBOW BOWS AT #1
10/18/19

By more than doubling the sales of their closest competitor,  Elbow has secured their third #1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart. There was plenty of movement in the top 10 at songs, but Tones and I holds onto the top spot for third week.

Landing straight in at the top spot, Giants of All Sizes is the seventh #1 album for Polydor in the U.K. since 10/19/18, the most for any label in the period. Giants of All Sizes is also this week’s best-selling album on vinyl.

While there were no other new Top 10 entries, two soundtracks made their way back in: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (Virgin) jumped five places to #7 and The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) rebounded six spots to #9.

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U.K. CHARTS: ELBOW ROOM
10/15/19

Elbow is looking at landing its third straight #1 album in the U.K. as its latest, Giants of All Sizes (Polydor), is outselling its closest competition 5:1. At Singles, Harry Styles is a contender for the top slot.

Elbow’s eighth studio album looks to follow the chart-topping feat of its predecessors, 2014's The Take Off and Landing of Everything and 2017's Little Fictions. Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic) sits at #2.

Among the new arrivals are Japanese kawaii metal band Babymetal whose Metal Galaxy (Absolute) sits at #6, ahead of a new Freddie Mercury solo collection, Never Boring (Virgin) at #8. Freddie's remastered debut solo album, Mr. Bad Guy (Virgin), could also return to the Top 40.

Styles’ “Lights Up” (Columbia) is currently #2 behind Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone), which is eyeing a third week at the top of the songs chart.

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U.K. CHARTS: KENNEDY SOARS TO #1
10/11/19

Dermot Kennedy flies straight in at #1 on this week’s Official UK Albums Chart with his debut album Without Fear (Island). Kennedy also scored his first U.K. Top 10 single­­ as “Outnumbered” hit #8.

He’s the first Irish artist to score a chart-topping debut album in almost 20 years: Ronan Keating did it last with Ronan in July 2000.

Three other new releases enter in the week’s Top 10 this week, beginning with Summer Walker’s Over It (Polydor) at #7. She also scores her first U.K. Top 40 single as “Playing Games” rockets 68 slots to #25.

 Simple Minds’ seventh live album, Live in the City of Angels I (BMG), opens at #8; and Easter Is Cancelled (Cooking Vinyl) is The Darkness’ fourth Top 10 album, opening at #10.

Last week’s #1, the 50th anni edition of The BeatlesAbbey Road (Apple), dropped to #2.

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FFRR PRESSES PLAY WITH DANIELL
10/9/19

Parlophone’s dance label FFRR Records has hired Defected RecordsAndy Daniell to lead the label. Daniell reports to Parlophone Head of A&R Elias Christidis.

At Defected since 2004, Daniell signed CamalPhat and Elderbrook’s song “Cola,” “Look Right Through” by Storm Queen, “Freak Like Me” by Lee Walker vs DJ Deeon and “Always” by MK.

“I want FFRR to be the most exciting and compelling destination for electronic and dance music creators in the UK,” said Parlophone Co-President Nick Burgess. “Andy has repeatedly proven to be one of the best A&R’s in the business. He lives and breathes music and, as a DJ and artist himself, already embodies Parlophone’s artist-first philosophy and spirit.”

Recent FFRR successes include Krystal Klear’s“Neutron Dance,” Disciples’ “On My Mind” and Oliver Helden’s “Gecko (Overdrive).”

U.K. CHARTS: TONES DANCES TO #1
10/4/19

Tones & I's "Dance Monkey" (Parlophone) ends a nine-week climb to the top, reaching it with 50k combined sales, including 5.1m streams. The track entered the singles chart at #82 in August and this week leaps six places. It's the first #1 by an Australian artist in five years, since Iggy Azalea’s "Problem" (Island) with Ariana Grande.

And The Beatles have returned to #1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart with the 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road (Apple Corps), setting a new record in the process.

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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. 
LAFAYETTE LANDS IN LONDON
10/2/19

London is getting a new venue in what's increasingly becoming a central cultural hub, Kings Cross. Lafayette will be a 600 capacity space that's being launched by Mumford & Sons member Ben Lovett following the success of his first live venue, Omeara.

The new space, which opens early next year, promises a tiered mezzanine, “impeccable” sight lines and a “world class” sound system. It arrives shortly after the closure of legendary 300 capacity venue The Borderline in Soho, which closed its doors after 30 years at the end of August due to rising rents and business rates and redevelopment plans in the area.

As is the case with Omeara, independent promoter Communion will be booking Lafayette, which will be located on Goods Way just off Pancras Square and Granary Square—next door to Universal Music's new U.K. HQ.

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