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KEEPING TABS ON TAYTAY (UPDATE)
Comparative stats: "Calm Down" vs. "ME!" (6/20a)
TOP 20: AN X-CITING DEBUT
The veterans duke it out. (6/20a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: NO “ROAD” GOES ON FOREVER
...but $311k ain't chopped liver. (6/20a)
MADONNA'S POWERFUL NEW VIDEO
She hts today's pressing issues. (6/20a)
PLAYLIST: A MUSICAL EVOLUTION, SONG BY SONG
You need to hear this. (6/20a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Blighty Beat
SONY/ATV ADDS COWLAND
6/12/19

Clare Cowland has joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s senior international team as Vice President, Human Resources, UK & International.

Based in London and reporting to Elicia Felix-Hughey, SVP, Global Human Resources, Cowland will be responsible for strategic HR initiatives that drive cultural excellence throughout the company’s international territories. 

Cowland joined EMI Music Publishing in 2002 and was employed by several divisions of EMI, rising to SVP, Human Resources, at EMI Music Publishing. Since leaving EMI in 2012, she has worked for an HR consultancy where she supported a diverse client base.

Felix-Hughey said, “Clare’s leadership skills, past experience and forward-thinking approach are all critical, as we build out global initiatives that attract, retain, and grow exceptional talent.”

SAY HELLO TO ELECTRONIC NATION
6/12/19

Live Nation has launched a new division focused on electronic music events in the U.K., Electronic Nation, to be led by Cream MD Scott Barton.

Alongside the LN-owned Creamfields and Steel Yard events, the division will focus on expanding offerings of all electronic music genres in Blighty.

Barton’s aim for Electronic Nation is to build upon Live Nation’s continued expansion into the electronic arena, with the aim of connecting big name dance acts to more fans across the U.K. through tours and festivals. “We have a dedicated team who work hard to connect fans to electronic music events across the U.K.,” he said. “As the scene continues to grow, the knowledge and experience we have is key to our success."

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RIVALLAND UPPED AT VIRGIN EMI
6/11/19

Marketing expert and long-time UMG U.K. exec Mike Rivalland has been promoted to General Manager at Virgin EMI as the label enjoys a particularly exceptional run of success. The imprint has two new albums in this week's Top 5 and recently boasted a record breaking 10 singles in the Top 20.

He succeeds Tom March and Clive Cawley who were formerly joint GMs; March is now co-President of Polydor and Cawley is MD at Virgin.

Rivalland, alongside his campaign management team, has made a significant contribution to a purple patch for Virgin EMI. The Top 20 singles feat was in part due to Virgin's urban roster, overseen by Rivalland, which includes Russ, Tion Wayne, Krept + Konan, MoStack and Hardy Caprio.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: HAPPINESS IS...
6/10/19

Four new entries look set to land in the U.K.’s Official Albums Top 5 this week, with Jonas Brothers leading the way at #2, followed by The Divine Comedy, MoStack and a posthumous album from Avicii. Over on singles, Lil Nas X has reclaimed the top spot.

Lewis Capaldi is on course to claim a fourth week at the top with Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) leading the pack by 1.3k combined sales. Should he hold onto his lead, Capaldi will be the first artist to spend four weeks at the top this year.

Jonas Brothers are the closest competition with Happiness Begins (Polydor) starting at #2. Northern Irish group The Divine Comedy are on course for a new peak at #3 with their self-released 12th studio album, Office Politics.

The debut from London MC MoStack, Stacko (Virgin EMI), is heading for #4, while Avicii’s Tim (Positiva), starts at #5.

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U.K. CHARTS: SKEPTA SETTLES FOR #2
6/7/19

Lewis Capaldi has denied Skepta his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums chart this week as Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) extends its reign for a third week on 29k combined sales. Over on singles, Katy Perry has the highest new entry at #13.

Skepta’s Ignorance is Bliss (Boy Better Know) settles for second place, matching his previous album, the Mercury-winning Konnichiwa, which peaked at #2 in 2016.

Richard Hawley’s Further (BMG) ends the week at #3, and Susan Boyle closes the Top 5 with her 10th anniversary compilation, Ten (Syco), at #5.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: CAPALDI GOES GOLD
6/3/19

Richard Hawley, Skepta and Susan Boyle are the highest new entries on today’s U.K. Official Album midweeks as Lewis Capaldi sails toward a third week at #1 after earning gold status. Over on singles, there are nine new tracks in the Top 40.

At the halfway stage, Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) remains on top after being certified gold last week, with 129k combined sales to date.

Hawley is on course to claim the highest new entry with Further (BMG) set to be his highest charting album.

Skepta is close behind at #3 with his fifth effort, Ignorance is Bliss (Boy Better Know), followed by Susan Boyle with her 10th anniversary compilation,Ten (Syco), at #4.

An album of unreleased and rare recordings of the late Rory Gallagher, Blues (UMC), is on course to land at #9. Chase & Status could collect their fourth Top 10 record with Rtrn II Jungle (Virgin EMI) currently at #10.

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A MODEST! HONOR
6/3/19

Modest! founders Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee will be the first managers to be honored with the Music Industry Trusts Award. They will receive the award at a ceremony in London in November.

The MITS ceremony on 11/4 will be held to aid the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.

Griffiths and Magee launched Modest! in 2003, which today represents One Direction, Little Mix, Olly Murs, 5 Seconds of Summer, Niall Horan, Katherine Jenkins, Alison Moyet and the recently reunited Spice Girls.

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CLOSER ARTISTS EXPANDS
6/3/19

Calum Scott’s manager Luke Williams is among a raft of new hires at Closer Artist Management, Recording and Publishing in the U.K.

 Williams, who previously worked at Vector Management, brings with him a roster that includes Scott, Nadia Shukri, Amelia Scivier and Josie Charlwood.

He also looks after recent Warner Records UK signing JC Stewart, songwriter Corey Sanders, (Zedd, Katy Perry, The Chainsmokers), and Jon Maguire, whose songwriting credits include Kodaline,Liam Payne and Tiesto. Williams also represents Grammy nominated mixing engineer Geoff Swan and producer Daniel Mirza.

They join the Closer roster that includes George Ezra, James Bay, John Newman, James Morrison, Lily Moore and Michaela.

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