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NEAR TRUTHS: MASK ON, GLOVES OFF
Strange days in so many ways... (4/10a)
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A HITS LIST
A salute to industry astronauts (4/10a)
A RENEWED
REVENUE CHART
Bring on the newbies. (4/10a)
LIVE NATION STOCK: ROBUST RECOVERY AHEAD?
We'll take good news wherever we can get it. (4/10a)
SET YOUR DVR: SNL TO RETURN—REMOTELY
Can't wait to see what they're cooking up. (4/10a)
WE FOUND SOME TOILET PAPER
Also known as back issues of HITS.
SOCIAL DISTANCING
We turn out to be pioneers.
STREAMING STORIES
The music doc shows new muscle.
ELECTION 2020
Not postponed yet.
Blighty Beat
CHRYSALIS BOLSTERS SENIOR TEAM
4/2/20

Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of John Leahy to the newly created position of SVP Marketing and Strategy. Leahy has a long history in the British music biz working with artists including Robbie Williams, Pink Floyd and Noel Gallagher.

In his new role, Leahy will report directly to CEO Jeremy Lascelles and begins the job immediately. 

He will work across the entirety of the Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group including artist management, publishing, catalogue and new frontline releases, leading on all areas of marketing. 

In addition, he will bring with him artists Steve Mason and She Drew The Gun as well as The Mysterines (co managed with Alfie Skelly) and continue to manage them as part of Blue Raincoat Artists.  

 “John provides us with the missing link in the Blue Raincoat set up—an experienced and hugely successful marketing mastermind, who is equally at home putting together a strategy for a new front line release as he is in finding ways of extracting value and opportunities from our great catalog,” Lascelles said. 

“As an added bonus he brings with him in a management capacity three fantastic artists who will all be a welcome addition to Blue Raincoat Artists. And, for a Manchester United fan, he is actually a great bloke.”

Leahy has come full circle—he started his career in music and marketing at Chrysalis, before becoming a product manager at Parlophone in 1995. After a 12-year stint at the company, during which time he moved to the EMI label, he oversaw the meteoric success of Williams alongside campaigns from Pink FloydDoves and Kate Bush. From there, he joined Domino Records as General Manager, running successful campaigns for Franz FerdinandLast Shadow Puppets and Wild Beasts.  

He then moved to Polydor Records as Marketing Director, leading on major campaigns for Lady GagaEminemThe Maccabees and Snow Patrol. In 2010 he joined Ignition Records, taking on marketing responsibilities for Noel Gallagher, who achieved three #1 albums, The Stereophonics, who also scored a #1 album, and others including Primal ScreamCourteeners and The Coral.

CONHEADY'S MARATHON MOVE
4/2/20

Marathon Music Group has appointed Ophelia Conheady as Head of A&R for its main label imprint, Marathon Artists. Based in London, she joins the company from her previous position as Senior A&R Manager at Columbia Records U.K.

Her appointment is effective immediately and she reports directly to Marathon co-founder and CEO Paul-Rene Albertini, who said: “Ophelia’s creative vision, acuity for current and future trends and understanding of the artist development process has revealed her to be a forward-thinking musical innovator. She also brings great insights about the importance of analytics and tech in the decision making process and will be an important, senior team player at Marathon Music Group.”

MUSIC MAKERS DEMAND SUPPORT
3/31/20

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition have called for greater assistance from the U.K.’s largest music businesses and organizations, especially as Government support measures for the self-employed—who make up 72% of the music business, according to UK Music research—will not pay out until June, and won't be applicable to everyone.

A survey conducted by the MMF and FAC found that managers and artists have already lost £50m in earnings due to the coronavirus. This includes £3.1m lost by music managers in commissions.

Survey findings detail the impact of more than 2,100 cancelled shows, delayed campaigns and lost earnings.

”Artists and music makers are faced with a short term crisis and a longer-term catastrophe,” MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick said. “This MMF and FAC survey is only a snapshot, but it highlights that millions of pounds have already been lost through canceled shows and campaigns. We need the biggest record labels, music publishers and licensing organizations to act. We need them to do more, and we need them to do so now."

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GRASSROOTS VENUES UNDER THREAT
3/31/20

More than 550 grassroots music venues are at risk of permanent closure in the U.K. over the next three months as a result of coronavirus restrictions, according to the Music Venue Trust. The org is calling for donations to a £1m fund to help turn the tide.

The Music Venue Trust has launched a Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Fund to place its existing emergency response service, which prevented 91 closures in 12 months last year, on a crisis footing.

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WATSON STEERING UK MUSIC
3/30/20

British Government lobbying trade org UK Music has appointed former Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson as Chair. He succeeds Andy Heath CBE and will start in April.

After almost two decades as an MP, including roles as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and a Government Minister in two departments, Watson stood down from Parliament at the General Election in December 2019.

In his new role, Watson said his top priority would be fighting to secure maximum support for the music industry to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and help return the sector to growth as soon as possible.

 “UK Music speaks with a powerful voice for the whole of the U.K. commercial music sector,” he said. “And at the heart of the sector are the songwriters and musicians, many thousands of whom stand ready to serve in the national effort against the coronavirus.

“The cancellation of live music events has devastated the sector. Thousands of jobs are now in peril and threaten the long-term bottom line of the U.K. economy. Our urgent task is to work with our colleagues and partners in Government to support the national effort to defeat coronavirus, whilst protecting the jewel in the crown of British culture—commercial music."

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U.K. CHARTS: WEEKND WARRIOR
3/27/20

The Weeknd has his second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with After Hours (Island) hitting the top on 26k combined sales. Over on singles, the reign of Saint Jhn continues.

After Hours sold more than double that of its closest competitor, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) at #2. Of The Weeknd's 26k sales, 78% came from streaming.

Morrissey’s I Am Not a Dog on a Chain (BMG) is the second highest new albums entry today at #3.

The late Kenny Rogers has reached a new peak at #6 with his All The Hits & All New Love Songs (EMI) compilation, which charted at #14 following its release in 1999.

Manchester band The Slow Readers Club land their highest charting album yet with The Joy Of The Return (Modern Sky) at #9. A previously unreleased rarities EP from David Bowie, Is It Any Wonder? (Parlophone), closes the Top 10 at #10.

On the U.K’s Official Singles Chart, SAINt JHN’s “Roses” (Hitco/Ministry of Sound) spends a second week at the top. The track scored 60k combined chart sales, including 7.4m streams.

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PRS OPENS RELIEF FUND
3/25/20

U.K. PRO PRS for Music has launched the PRS Emergency Relief Fund to support its songwriter and composer members during the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to £1k ($1,200) will be available around the world.

The fund is open to those who have been a PRS member for at least two years and have earned more than £500 in the last two years. Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need. It's part of a wider plan to support members during the coming weeks, with further measures being explored.

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STYLES TOUR MOVES TO 2021
3/25/20

Harry Styles has moved the U.K. and European legs of his world tour to 2021. One of the hottest ticket sellers globally, Styles’ tour will now kick off 2/12 in Bologna, Italy, and wrap 3/30 in Moscow. Homecoming shows in London are 3/23-24 at the O2.