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REPUBLIC UPS GOLDSTEIN, ROPPO TO CO-PRESIDENTS
Team Lipman doubles up. (11/26a)
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE:
HOLIDAY CHEER IS HERE
Season's bleatings (11/23a)
COUNTRY GRAMMYS' ROOTS ARE SHOWING
Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
Rolling out our U.K. Special print issue (11/24a)
AND THE GRAMMY NOMINEES ARE...
Olivia, the Biebs, H.E.R., Doja Cat, Billie and Jon Batiste lead the way. (11/24a)
TURKEY
Basting.
STUFFING
Stuffing.
YAMS
Candying.
PUMPKIN PIE
Stuffing (in face).
Blighty Beat
MPS ASK FOR EU TOURING SOLUTION
11/4/21

Pressure continues to mount on the British Government to sort out the complicated and expensive EU touring situation as a group of MPs join the call for urgent action.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the MPs, who form the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music (APPG), outline three key areas that require addressing. They ask for:

The Government to ramp up negotiations with EU nations that bar visa-free touring;

More steps to help U.K. artists touring overseas, such as the creation of a new music export office;

Minister to explore the idea of forging a new European agreement exempting cultural tours from immigration and transport red tape rules.

In addition to the letter, APPG plans to hold a cross-party inquiry into the costly barriers and delays for touring that musicians, particularly emerging artists, face. The first evidence session will take place later this month.

“Musicians and crew are facing an enormous and grave problem when it comes to touring the EU that is not going to go away,” said Senior Conservative MP and Chair of the APPG, David Warburton, who signed the letter. “We need the Government to ramp up negotiations with nations like Spain where costly visas are still in place and to look for swift solutions to both the visa and transport issues facing musicians and crew.”

ITV SNAPS UP ADELE SPECIAL
11/3/21

The U.K. is getting an Adele special that’s different from the one Americans will see on CBS. ITV will broadcast An Audience with Adele on 11/21.

The primetime special will feature Adele performing new songs as well as classic hits at the London Palladium for family and friends, as well as her “own personal heroes and heroines, fellow musicians, artists, actors, sportsmen, sportswomen and more,” ITV said.

An Audience with Adele will air on ITV and its on-demand service ITV Hub two days after her upcoming album, 30, lands.

In the U.S., the two-hour special Adele: One Night Only will air on CBS on 11/14.

VARIOUS ARTISTS UPS DAWKINS
11/3/21

Management company Various Artists has appointed John Dawkins as U.K. Managing Director. Based in London, Dawkins will work closely with Group CEO David Bianchi.

During his time working as a Partner at the company for the last five years, Dawkins has helped oversee the careers of Charli XCX, The EnemyShed Seven and others. He manages Tom Grennan, whose latest album, Evering Road (Insanity), hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart.

“John has been a key figure in our success in recent years what he has achieved with his own roster, especially Tom Grennan who is currently one of the U.K.’s most successful and important artists, is astounding,” Bianchi said. “We are an ambitious company with a clear vision of what we want to achieve and John is the ideal person to help lead us towards those goals.”

After starting his music industry career as a tour manager, Dawkins relocated to Los Angeles in 2003 and enjoyed success in the international live sector working with artists such as Bloc PartyAlexisonfire and Rise Against. Other acts he's managing include Rose GrayChappaqua WrestlingMugunFrankie BeetlestoneZuzu and Elli Ingram

FUGA SECURES BEGGARS DEAL
11/2/21

Liz Northeast has been appointed U.K. General Manager at Downtown-owned FUGA on the heels of it securing a distribution deal with indie label group Beggars.

FUGA will service global DSP partners with Beggars’ catalog and new releases across its five labels, 4ADMatadorRough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young.

The partnership integrates Beggars’ newly developed technology platform and FUGA’s proprietary digital supply chain technology, enabling growth across the two firms.

“As one of the most influential label groups in both the U.K. and global independent music, Beggars Group is an incredibly exciting addition to our international clients, with FUGA now a route to market for a significant portion of the world’s new releases,” FUGA CEO Pieter van Rijn said.

Northeast, who will report to SVP EMEA Dorothée Imhoff. joined FUGA as Client Relations Director EMEA in early 2021. A former exec at The Orchard and AWAL, she will spearhead FUGA’s London team, overseeing existing U.K. clients and partner relations, including Beggars Group, as well as handling all new business development for the region.

 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: A SHEERAN STORM
11/1/21

Ed Sheeran will hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart on Friday with = (Atlantic), which has earned 84k sales at the halfway point. Over on singles, his “Overpass Graffiti” looks set for the top.

Sheeran is currently outperforming the rest of the Top 40 albums combined. Leading on physical sales, downloads and streams, =  could overtake Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres (Parlophone) to claim the biggest opening week of 2021.

Elsewhere this week, a further eight new releases could land inside the Top 10. Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is at #2 with Acoustic Hymns— Vol. 1 (BMG), while the 25th anniversary re-release of Spice Girls’ debut, Spice (Virgin), is on track to return to the U.K. Top 10 at #3.

At #5 are The War on DrugsI Don’t Live Here Anymore (Atlantic); Joe Bonamassa, at #6, could gain his sixth U.K. Top 10 with Time Clocks (J&R Adventures); and Mastodon’s  Hushed and Grim (Reprise) is  #8. A remixed and updated version of Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Relapse of Reason (Parlophone) is  #9.

Motorhead’s greatest hits collection, Everything Louder Forever (BMG), could earn the band their fifth U.K. Top 10 album at #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Sheeran has three songs in the Top 10. “Overpass Graffiti” is currently on track to debut at #1, while “Shivers” sits at #2 and “Bad Habits” is #5.

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U.K. CHARTS: ELTON ON TOP
10/29/21

Elton John has hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with The Lockdown Sessions (EMI) on 31k sales, his first #1 in nine years. Over on singles, Adele remains on top.

Of The Lockdown Sessions’ total sales, 84% were physical (CD and vinyl). The set marks Elton’s second #1 in less than a month following his “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” with Dua Lipa hitting the top singles spot two weeks ago. The collection is his eighth #1 album.

Lana Del Rey’s Blue Banisters (Polydor), the top selling album on vinyl this week, settles for second place while Duran Duran’s Future Past (BMG) opens at #3.

Biffy Clyro’s The Myth of the Happily Ever After (Warner Music U.K.) is new at #4 and last week’s #1, Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres (Parlophone), drops to #5.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, a 40th anniversary expanded edition of The Rolling StonesTattoo You (Polydor) charts at #7 and the debut EP from Mimi Webb, Seven Shades of Heartbreak (Epic), opens at #9. Prioritise Pleasure (Universal) by Self Esteem is new at #11.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Adele’s “Easy on Me” (Columbia) remains at #1 for a second week with 103k sales, including 11m streams.

The Anxiety’s viral hit “Meet Me at Our Spot” (Polydor) climbs five places to a new peak at #12, and Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd claim this week’s highest new entry with "Moth to a Flame" (Republic) at #15.

Finally, Digga D’s “Red Light Green Light” (EGA) lands at #17 to become his ninth Top 40 single.

EAGLES JOIN BST LINEUP
10/29/21

Eagles have joined the British Summer Time Hyde Park lineup for 2022, bringing their 50th anniversary tour to AEG Presents’ London festival on 6/26.

They will be joined by special guests Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, alongside other already announced headliners Adele, Elton John, Pearl Jam and Duran Duran.

Hyde Park is the final stop on the band’s European tour, which includes Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium, Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Tickets for the BST date and Eagles 2022 U.K. and European tour dates go on sale 9am on 11/5.

RADIO LISTENING HOLDS STEADY
10/28/21

Overall radio listening in the U.K. hasn’t been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to RAJAR figures, which show that commercial radio is reaching 36.8m people across the country—the biggest audience ever recorded.

That figure is boosted by audiences tuning in digitally and online, which represents 65.8% of all radio listening for Q3 2021. DAB counts for the vast majority of this at 43% while online (including smart speakers) reps 18.1%. The remaining 4.7% takes place on digital TVs while analogue platforms of FM/AM still account for 34.2% of listening time.

The total combined audience for all U.K. radio, across BBC and commercial, sits at 49.5m or 89% of the adult population. BBC Radio 2 takes the highest share of listener reach with 26% of the U.K. population, followed by Radio 4 with 20%, Global’s Heart brand with 18%, BBC Radio 1 with 15% and Global’s Capital with 14%. 

As the Guardian notes, while overall figures are positive, the one place radio has been hit over the last year is on breakfast shows. Radio 2’s Zoe Ball program is down 8.9% to 7.2m in Q3 2021 from 7.9m listeners per week in Q3 2019. Others who experienced drops include Radio 1’s Greg JamesVirgin Radio’s Chris Evans and Magic’s Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott

This quarter’s figures are the first to be released by RAJAR since March 2020, when market research stopped due to face-to-face coronavirus restrictions. Since then, the research body has revised its methods to include panelist and MediaCell technology for the first time, alongside face-to-face interviews, therefore including listening from diaries as well as audio matching technology from mobile devices (this is why comparison with previous figures is unreliable).