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THIS IS ANOTHER STORY ABOUT ADELE BREAKING RECORDS
Big news from the Spot. (10/15a)
KACEYGATE: ESQUIRE EVISCERATES THE GRAMMYS
This is getting ridiculous (10/14a)
ADELE BY THE NUMBERS: ALBUMS, SINGLES RTD
It all adds up. (10/13a)
GRAMMY CHEW: A ROTY/SOTY PLAYLIST
(20 FOR 16)
Beer and Glickman collaborate on the Spot. (10/13a)
30 HAS A DATE
Your Thanksgiving weekend soundtrack (10/14a)
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U.K. CHARTS: THE SCRIPT HITS #1
10/8/21

The Script head straight to #1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart with Tales From The Script–Greatest Hits (Sony CMG). Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” claims a fourth week at #1 on the singles chart.

The Irish rockers’ best-of lands at the top with 23k chart sales, 87% of which were physical sales. They join Arctic Monkeys, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Kings Of Leon, Radiohead, Blur and Muse as bands with six #1 albums.

Right below The Script is The SpecialsProtest Songs 1924-2012 (Island) at #2; it’s the week’s biggest seller on vinyl. Queen drummer Roger Taylor lands his first solo UK Top 10 as his sixth record, Outsider (Virgin), debuts at #3.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga enter in at #6 with their Cole Porter collection Love For Sale (Universal). At #7 is Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack to the new James Bond film, No Time To Die (Decca); it’s the highest charting Bond track in the franchise’s history.

Rapper Potter Payper’s Thanks For Waiting (0207), at #8, is his second U.K. Top 10 album and  the most-streamed new entry of the week. The vinyl release of Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (EMI) pushes it to #9.

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MANAGERS HONOR JOHN & FURNISH
10/5/21

Elton John and David Furnish will receive the Artist and Manager Partnership award at the Artist & Manager Awards on 11/18.

The duo are the first honorees announced by the Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum, who stage the awards. PPL sponsors the Partnership award.

The award celebrates John’s artistic achievements and charitable works plus their shared success since Furnish took over Rocket Entertainment in 2015.

“To expand such a valuable musical legacy and to successfully reposition this timeless catalogue for a streaming audience is a huge achievement, to the point where Elton’s music now feels more relevant than ever,” said Paul Craig, Chair, Music Managers Forum. “On behalf of the MMF, I also want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to their invaluable advocacy work, and particularly on the issue of post-Brexit touring which will impact all artists and where David and Elton have both led from the front. For all these reasons, the MMF and FAC are beyond excited that both will be joining us in person to pick up their awards.” 

Full details of the Awards can be found here.

JAZEEL JAZZES UP RHINO
10/5/21

Warner Music UK has tapped Amazon Music UK exec Myn Jazeel to handle the marketing at Rhino UK. He’ll report directly to Warner Music UK  CEO Tony Harlow.

Jazeel, who was most recently Senior Label and Industry Relations Manager at Amazon Music UK, will be responsible for overseeing and spearheading the marketing activity for the label and releases from artists such as David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Prince. He will also join the WMUK Senior Leadership team, where he will have a voice in the overall direction of the UK business.

Harlow said of Jazeel: “I’ve known him for a while, and he’s a thoughtful and entrepreneurial executive who will help us grow our business. More and more, the streaming audience is evolving, and both deep and shallow catalog are seeing the benefits of new audiences being attracted by the ease of voice search and services like Amazon Music. Myn has been at the forefront of driving those consumers in their music choices, and he’s going to help us create huge opportunities for our artists.”

Interim Head of Rhino UK, Jeremy Marsh, will remain on board to help transition Jazeel into the business while continuing as a Special Adviser to the Global Catalog team, reporting to President, Global Catalogue and President, Arts Music, Kevin Gore.

Jazeel joined Amazon Music UK in 2015 and led its European catalog streaming strategy. His music industry career began in 1991 when he joined Entertainment UK as a music buyer. He has held jobs with Telstar TV, V2TV and Sanctuary Records

U.K. MIDWEEKS: SCRIPT CHANGES
10/4/21

The Script are eyeing their sixth U.K #1 album with the compilation Tales From The Script: Greatest Hits (Sony) taking the top slot at the midweek stage. At singles, Elton John & Dua Lipa are fighting it out with Ed Sheeran for #1.

The Irish rockers lead the seven new entries in the Top 10 in today’s Official Albums Chart update.

At #2 is The SpecialsProtest Songs 1924-2012 (Island) followed by a solo record from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Outsider (Virgin). Hans Zimmer’s score for the new James Bond film No Time To Die (Decca) is #4.

The vinyl release of Taylor Swift’s former chart-topper Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (EMI) pushes the set up to #5.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s Love For Sale (Universal) debuts at #6; the 20th anniversary re-release of Sugababes’ debut album One Touch (London) is #7; and the 22nd studio album from Yes, The Quest (Insideoutmusic), sits at #8.

Just outside the Top 10 is Neil Young’s archival release, Carnegie Hall 1970 (Warner) at #11 and Potter Payper’s Thanks For Waiting (0207) at #12.

At singles, Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Atlantic) is just 2.5k sales ahead of Elton & Dua’s “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” (Mercury) at midweek.

“Heat Waves” (Polydor) by Glass Animals is on course to reach new heights as it moves up three rungs to #5. Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” (Polydor) is set to return to the Top 10 this Friday, up two places to #9.

BILLIE BOUND FOR GLASTO
10/4/21

Billie Eilish will become Glastonbury's youngest solo headliner in the festival’s history when she headlines on 6/24 next year.

The Eilish appearance is the first artist announcement from the Glasto camp. It will be Eilish’s first U.K. festival headline performance; Eilish, who turns 20 in December, previously appeared at Glastonbury in 2019.

“This feels like the perfect way for us to return,” Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis said of the Mike Malak-repped star.

Glastonbury was canceled in 20202 after Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar had been announced as headliners and this year’s fest was kiboshed due to the pandemic.

  U.K. CHARTS: LATHUMS LAND AT #1
10/1/21

British indie band The Lathums have hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with their debut set, How Beautiful Life Can Be (Island). Over on singles, Coldplay and BTS’  “My Universe” claims the biggest single week of download sales this year.

With The Lathums’ success, British bands have ruled the #1 spot on the Official Albums Chart for 11 out of 39 weeks in 2021, according to BPI analysis. The return of guitar acts to the top of the charts has had an impact on bands breaking through: 2021 is on course to be the best year for new British groups in well over a decade, thanks to Top 10 albums from acts The Snuts, Wolf Alice, Shame, Pale Waves and Easy Life.

Public Service Broadcasting chart at #2 today with Bright Magic (PIAS), followed by Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (Island), which drops to #3.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart,  Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Atlantic) holds at the top for a third week with 64k sales.

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VENUES FACING TOUGH WINTER
10/1/21

The U.K. music venue sector is still facing a host of challenges, including staffing shortages, millions of pounds of debt and uncertainty surrounding the possibility of winter restrictions.

Many venues took part in the U.K. Government’s furlough scheme, which covered the wages of people who couldn’t work or whose employers couldn't pay them during the pandemic and has ended today.

The Night Time Industries Association says that many of the staff members and contractors who took part in the scheme took other roles and have now left the sector, with Michael Kill, NTIA CEO, saying it is still “some way off pre-pandemic staffing levels.”

At the same time, despite more than 80% of the British population having received both doses of the vaccine, daily COVID-19 infection rates have risen over the last month alongside the end of restrictions to over 36k, which often leaves businesses without staff at short notice.

According to the Music Venue Trust, grassroots music venues are shouldering debts of £90m and the organization's CEO Mark Davyd told NME that the cash is unlikely to be cleared until 2024 or 2025. The average amount of debt is between £80k and £120k per venue, he said, with some owing significantly more to landlords, suppliers, services and the supply chain.

In addition, sources within the sector tell us that ticket sales are significantly down due to a lack of customer confidence and uncertainty around restrictions that may come back into force as winter hits.

BBC APPOINTS POP TV LEAD
9/28/21

The BBC has appointed Sally Wood to the newly created position of Commissioning Editor, Pop Music TV. She'll start the role in early 2022, reporting to Lorna Clarke, BBC Controller of Pop.

Wood's remit will solely focus on pop music commissions across TV, iPlayer and digital, while collaborating with radio and BBC Sounds to deliver across the portfolio.

Most recently, she served as the Executive Producer on ITV's coverage of the Brit Awards, and has led productions such as ITV's Classic BRIT Awards 2018, One World: Together at Home, which was the BBC’s most watched music program of last year, ITV2's V Festival 2020, and Mandela 100 Festival–Global Citizen.

“Sally has a reputation throughout the media industry as one of television’s most experienced and creative showrunners and executive producers,” Clarke said. “We’ll be working closely with the music industry to produce world class content to deliver to millions of music fans.”

Between 2003 and 2010, Wood worked at the BBC as a Producer and Series Producer, producing music specials including Electric Proms, Glastonbury Festival, 1Xtra Live, Beyoncé at the BBC and Madonna Live. Upon leaving the BBC in 2010, she was Series Producer on ITV's This is Justin Bieber, ITV2's iTunes Festival and Sky Arts coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival, among others.