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COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
Who deserves consideration in the genre categories?
Blighty Beat
APPLE BOOSTS IVORS TALENT
10/25/19

Apple Music has pledged support for the songwriting community by teaming up with The Ivors Academy in the U.K. to help celebrate rising talent and broadcast content from the annual awards ceremony.

As part of the three-year deal, Apple will sponsor a Rising Star Award at The Ivor Novellos that will honour young British or Irish songwriters and composers who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition. In addition to the award, the winner will receive support and mentorship from the Apple Music team, who are also going to create a new series of educational workshops and events for The Ivors Academy members.

Content from the event will be broadcast across Apple Music, including Beats 1.

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COLDPLAY IS BACK
10/24/19

Coldplay are returning with a double album on Parlophone in November, Everyday Life, as revealed by adverts placed in the classified section of local papers around the world. It's their first new music in four years and arrives on 11/22.

The ads revealed tracklists for two halves named Sunrise and Sunset, and appeared in the local paper of Chris Martin's hometown in Exeter, as well as titles in Wales, France, Australia and New Zealand. The news was also announced via typewritten letters to fans. Everyday Life will shake up what's otherwise a currently quiet Q4 in Blighty and is likely to become the band's eighth #1. 

UNION AIMS TO PROTECT MUSICIANS
10/23/19

The Musicians' Union in the U.K. is calling on the British Government to better protect musicians after a study suggested that almost half have experienced sexual harassment at work, with 85% of victims not feeling able to report incidents. Findings were based on responses from 725 members.

In the study, conducted by the MU, workplace culture was cited as the greatest barrier to reporting harassment (55%), followed by fear of losing work (41%), expectations that the issue would not be handled appropriately (32%) and fear of not being believed or taken seriously (27%).

Naomi Pohl, Deputy General Secretary at the Musicians’ Union, said: “We are aware of far too many cases of talented musicians, particularly young or emerging artists, leaving the industry altogether due to sexism, sexual harassment or abuse. Many musicians who have gone public with their story are now being taken to court for defamation—evidence of the situation we’re dealing with.

“Survivors are often unable to speak out because the consequences for their career or personal life are devastating. In most cases we’re aware of, the survivor ends up leaving the workplace or the industry and there are very few consequences for the perpetrator."

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: #1 UP FOR GRABS
10/21/19

New albums from Foals and James Arthur are duking it out for the top slot on the U.K. Official Albums Chart. Meanwhile, Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) is pacing ahead of the competition and is set for a fourth week at #1 at singles.

Foals’ sixth studio album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 (Warner) is less than 600 chart sales ahead of Arthur’s third full-length, You (SYCO). If Foals, holds on it will their first #1; James, who has the lead on digital downloads, topped the chart in 2016.

Napalm’s Alter Bridge could match their career peak if Walk The Sky holds at #3. The Underrated Youth from Interscope’s Yungblud is #4 and Daniel O’Donnell’s Halfway To Paradise (DMGTV), is #5; it would be his 39th Top 40 album.

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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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