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NEW RELEASES: LE RETOUR DE CELINE (UPDATE)
Best read while dramatically thumping one's breastbone. (11/17a)
ICYMI: HARRY ON SNL (UPDATE)
He's so dreamy. (11/17a)
ARIZONA GOES TO COLUMBIA
Bring on the remixes! (11/15a)
ROSAL√ćA WINS BIG AT LATIN GRAMMYS
A harbinger of things to come? (11/15a)
IS REI AMI THE NEXT ACT TO POP?
Pass the popcorn. (11/15a)
THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
They'll soon be here, and then we can start obsessing about who'll win.
U.K. SPECIAL
Forget Brexit--it's our yearly survey of doings in Blighty. And if you still can't forget Brexit, try drinking.
WHAT'S GOING ON BENEATH OUR WINDOWS?
The latest in Hollyweird.
WEED!
That's what Hollywood smells like. Seriously. 24/7.
Blighty Beat
ARTIST AND MANAGER AWARDS 2019: ALL THE WINNERS
11/15/19

The artist and management community was out in force Thursday night at the A&Mas in London, where winners included Stormzy (pictured) and his #Merky team, Nile Rodgers, and Liam Gallagher’s manager Debbie Gwyther.

On the artist side, Rodgers was honoured with the Artists’ Artist gong for his wide-spanning career, and Lewis Capaldi was Artist of the Year. Neneh Cherry received the Pioneer Award, and Aitch took home Breakthrough Artist.

Stormzy made a surprise appearance to pick up the Team Achievement Award alongside his #Merky collective, who have launched a record label, book publisher, clothing brand and scholarship scheme.

The Managers’ Manager honour went to Rebecca Boulton and Andy Robinson of Prime Management, who were presented with the award by longtime clients New Order.

Breakthrough manager was electronic music specialist Sophie Bloggs of YMU Music and Writer/Producer Manager of the year went to Sandy Dworniak of This Much Talent.

Insanity Group founder Andy Varley took home Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Fanfair Outstanding Contribution to Music went to Sam Fender and his manager Owain Davies for their work fighting ticket touts.

U.K. CHARTS: SCRIPT SCORES FIFTH #1
11/15/19

The Script have their fifth U.K. Official Albums chart-topper as Sunsets & Full Moons (Columbia) opens on 32k combined chart sales. Over on singles, J Hus has the highest new entry at #5 with “Must Be” (Black Butter).

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe third joint release, Back Together (Decca), are new at #2 their followed by Snow Patrol’s Reworked (Polydor) at #3.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ self-released Ghosteen has re-entered the chart at #4 following its arrival at DSPs; it’s this week’s best-selling release on vinyl.

Simply Red’s Blue Eyed Soul (BMG) is new at #6, and a deluxe edition of Tom Walker’s chart-topping debut, What a Time To Be Alive (Relentless), rises 58 places to #9.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) spends a seventh week at #1 on 83k combined sales, including 9.6m streams. Tones & I now has the longest-running British chart-topper by a female lead since 2007.

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W SONGS GOES BEYOND SYNC
11/12/19

 

London band Stereo Honey are the first act to sign a long term publishing deal with W Songs, the in-house publishing arm of Warner Music U.K.'s sync team. The agreement expands upon their distribution deal with ADA and will see Warner offer sync opportunities as well as access to marketing, distribution, and other resources within the major's global network.

“Our relationship will allow us to work with them on sync but also help them grow and develop as artists,” said Tim Miles, VP of Sync at Warner Music U.K. “Sync has become an incredibly important part of the music business. For us to be able to adapt, evolve and be nimble enough to create bespoke deals like this only adds to value that Warner Music can offer artists.”

W Songs has traditionally offered short-term deals, typically three to six months, with a heavy focus on securing sync placements.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SCRIPT EYES #1
11/11/19

The Script are on course to top the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart on Friday with Sunsets & Moons (Columbia) leading an all-new Top 3. Over on singles, British rappers J Hus and Dave claim the highest new entries.

The Script are currently 8k combined sales ahead of the #2 album, Snow Patrol’s Reworked (Polydor), an album of reinterpreted versions of their greatest hits. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are new at #3 with their third joint release, Back Together (Decca).

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ self-released Ghosteen looks set to re-enter the chart at #4 following its arrival at DSPs, while Simply Red’s Blue Eyed Soul (BMG) is new at #5.

A deluxe edition release sees Tom Walker’s chart-topping debut, What A Time To Be Alive (Relentless), rising 60 places to #7, and Last Christmas (Sony Music)—the soundtrack to the movie of the same name featuring the music of George Michael & Wham—lands at #8.

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10 FOR '20 FROM TICKETMASTER
11/11/19

Ticketmaster U.K. has chosen 10 acts set to take the live scene by storm in 2020 after packing out grassroots venues over the last year. On the list are a number of buzzy British acts, including Celeste (pictured), JC StewartArlo Parks and Beabadoobee.

The list has been chosen by Ticketmaster's Artist Services team, who have been taking artists' tours to the next level for the past decade.

Andrew Parsons, MD at Ticketmaster U.K., said, "Our list is more than just soulful ballads and unpredictable rap—it's a diverse celebration of artists who've been here all along but are only now getting to be heard."

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U.K. CHARTS: LYNNE LANDS AT #1
11/8/19

It was going to be a showdown, but with the BBC Children in Need charity release being moved o to the compilation chart, Jeff Lynne’s ELO scores its first #1 studio album in nearly 40 years. Over on singles, Tones & I denies Dua Lipa the top spot.

Despite leading the midweek albums chart at #1, and racking up enough sales to be crowned the week’s biggest seller, Children in Need: Got It Covered (Silva Screen)—a collection of covers by an all-star cast of actors—today tops the Official Compilations Chart. The move happened after the Official Charts Company decided that the release, a various artists’ compilation, didn’t warrant inclusion in the main chart.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s From Out of Nowhere (RCA) is the band’s first studio album to hit the top since Time spent two weeks at the summit in 1981.

The third album from Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka (Polydor), is new at #2, and south London rappers Krept & Konan are the third highest new entry with Revenge is Sweet (Virgin EMI) at #5.

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A MOMENT FOR MODEST!
11/5/19

Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee were honoured with a MITs Award Monday night in London during a ceremony that featured tributes and warm words for the Modest! founders from colleagues and friends, while raising money for the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.

Taking place at Grosvenor House Hotel, the event featured performances from Katherine Jenkins and Alexis Ffrench, Niall Horan and Olly Murs, and Alison Moyet. Film director Richard Curtis presented the award, describing the duo as “two profoundly decent and caring people who’ve managed to make successes of so many careers.”

Modest! partner Will Bloomfield spoke about Griffiths and Magee’s commitment to their artists and staff: “It’s not just about ticket and record sales, it’s about happiness and fulfilment for everyone that you come into contact with. You are the most honest two people that I know and it’s a lesson to all of us around you.”

Griffiths first “thanked God” for Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, who fired Magee and him from BMG, the catalyst for the launch of Modest, before thanking his wife and family “who have stuck by me throughout.” He continued with a nod to the value of management.

“We are truly honoured by the fact that we are the first managers to be presented this award, and it’s a late acknowledgement by the business of the importance that management brings to all facets of our business.

“It’s something that people need to be much more aware of, and that working with management closely is going to help you do much, much better with your artists. I hope that this will be the start of the industry as a whole starting to take into account what it is managers do, because at the end of the day, the manager is the only person who is dealing in every aspect of an artist’s life, and we do it fucking well."

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U. K. CHARTS: STEREOPHONICS SCORES
11/1/19

Selena Gomez has hit her highest singles position in the U.K. with “Lose You to Love Me” (Polydor) rising 62 places to #3 on the Official Singles Chart. Parlophone has a double chart-topper day with Stereophonics at albums and Tones and I at singles.

Stereophonics’ Kind hits at #1 on 30k combined chart sales; it’s their seventh Official Albums #1. Tones and I’s  "Dance Monkey" scored its highest weekly total yet with 86k combined chart sales, including 9.54m streams, to secure its fifth week at #1.

Back at albums, Kanye West is straight in at #2 with Jesus is King (Virgin EMI) matching the position he reached last year with Ye. James Blunt’s Once Upon a Mind (Atlantic) sits at #3 in the middle of an all-new Top 5 with  Rick Astley’s  The Best of Me (BMG) at #4 and Rex Orange County’s first official Sony release, Pony (Columbia), making his U.K. albums chart debut at #5.

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