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NEW MUSIC BLIGHTY

The biggest Blighty-born release out tomorrow (2/5) is Elton John’s 32nd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, released via UMG’s Virgin EMI. It’s described as a far more upbeat record than 2013’s The Diving Board, but can it top the #3 peak its predecessor reached?

With Rihanna’s ANTI (Virgin EMI) expected to carry on an upwards trajectory when the set hits retail in time for week two, and Sia’s This Is Acting (RCA) likely to end this week at #1 on the Official Albums Chart, John will be faced with stiff competition. 

The second album from RCA singer Foxes, All I Need, is also amongst new U.K. music out tomorrow, with worldwide UMG offerings including Lion Babe’s debut, Begin (Polydor), and, from the WMG camp, Drake collaborators Majid Jordan with their self-titled first album and Wiz Khalifa’s sixth set Khalifa (Atlantic). At this point, the #1 spot next week is all to play for. 

SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/19a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/19a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S HARRY ON APPLE
Won't be long now. (5/19a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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