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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
Blighty Beat
TOM HOARE REJOINS [PIAS]
9/21/20

[PIAS] has re-hired Tom Hoare, who was most recently working for Syco Music, as U.K. Head of Digital. The appointment is effective immediately.

Hoare previously worked at [PIAS] as Digital Channel Manager before leaving in 2015 to become Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Polydor Records

Reporting directly to [PIAS] U.K. MD Jason Rackham, in his new role Hoare will have overall responsibility for the strategy, direction and management of the company’s U.K. labels’ digital activities. 

Rackham said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Tom back to [PIAS] in this key role in which he will play a major part in driving the success of our artists and business forward. Since leaving us in 2015 Tom has gained invaluable experience and brings back a wealth of experience and insight that will add real strength to our digital offering.”

While at Polydor, Hoare led award-winning digital campaigns for The 1975HAIMMichael Kiwanuka and Elbow. He then moved into the film industry as Head of Digital for Universal Pictures before returning to music with Sony Music’s Syco label as Head of Digital.

U.K.CHARTS: DOVES LAND AT #1
9/18/20

Doves have hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with their first album in 11 years, The Universal Want (Virgin). Over on singles, “WAP” (Atlantic) has a third week at the top.

The Universal Want is Dove’s third chart-topping album following The Last Broadcast in 2002 and Some Cities in 2005. 

Two more new releases debut in this week’s Top 10: Manchester band Everything Everything claim their fourth Top 10 with Re-Animator (Infinity Industries) at #5; and Marilyn Manson’s We Are Chaos (Concord/Loma Vista) opens at #7.

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YMU GROWS WITH TRUCE
9/15/20

London-based music exec Truce has joined YMU Group  as Senior Manager, bringing with him two of his clients, Bekah CC and Airhead.

Truce will continue to be based in London, reporting to Iain Watt, MD of YMU’s U.K. music division. He will work closely with Senior Manager Sophie Bloggs, whose team he will join.  

“Truce is a natural music entrepreneur who has enjoyed success across a number of different sectors,” Watt said. “He understands both the creative and commercial aspects of artist management and is a great addition to our team. He is bringing two great artists Bekah CC and Airhead with him and the aim is to help him build an amazing roster of credible artists who we can help have long-term, successful careers.” 

Truce started his career DJing and organising music events across London before joining music broadcast platform The Boiler Room in 2010 where he became Global Creative Director of Broadcast. He then launched record label Bone Soda, which he'll continue to run independently.

 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: DOVES FLYING HIGH
9/14/20

Doves are heading toward their third #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with comeback release, The Universal Want (Virgin). Over on singles, 24kGoldn is challenging Cardi B Megan Thee Stallion for #1 with viral hit “Mood” f/Iann Dior (Black Butter).

Doves are currently outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined and leading on both physical and digital download sales. The Universal Want is the band’s first studio album in 11 years—the group went on hiatus in 2010, returning for a series of shows in 2019 before announcing their fifth studio album.

Fellow Mancunians, art-rockers Everything Everything, start at #2 today with Re-Animator (Infinity Industries). Marilyn Manson returns with We Are Chaos (Concord/Loma Vista) landing at #3, followed by The Flaming Lips American Head (Bella Union) at #5.

Further down, singer and songwriter Roachford’s Twice In A Lifetime (BMG) starts at #8; it would be his first Top 20 album in 23 years if it stays on course.

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DONEL INKS TWO U.S. DEALS
9/14/20

Who’s Zooming who while Donel is signing his deal with Warner Records? The top row is, from left, Donel, Richard Griffiths (Director, Modest! Management), Tom Corson (COO & Co-Chairman, Warner Records), and Sarah Gallagher (Manager, Modest! Management). Middle row is Monica Payne (EVP, Artist Management & development, Artistry Group), Monee Perry (Co-President, Artistry Records), Chris Atlas (EVP Urban Music & Marketing, Warner Records), KeyzBaby (Producer) and Max Gousse (CEO, Artistry Records). And across the bottom we have Aaron Bay-Schuck (CEO & Co-Chairman, Warner Records), Adam Small (Co-President, Artistry Records), and Miriam Camara (Business Affairs, Warner Records).

Two years after winning the hearts of viewers of The Voice UK, 18-year-old Donel is prepping for an American arrival via a record deal with Warner and publishing pact with  Sony/ATV.

After meeting Donel in a London session, Artistry Records Founder & CEO Max Gousse was so impressed by Donel during a London recording session, he signed him to a publishing and record deal on the spot. JV deals led to him signing with Warner Records and Sony/ATV in the U.S.

Currently working on his first EP for Artistry/Warner with his next single planned for release later this year, he signed his deals via Zoom.

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UK MUSIC GETS A NEW CEO
9/14/20

 

British Government lobbying trade body UK Music has appointed former political advisor Jamie Njoku-Goodwin as its new CEO. He takes up he role in October, succeeding Michael Dugher who stood down in January.

Tom Kiehl, who has been Acting CEO since February, continues as Deputy CEO and Director of Public Affairs.

Welcoming the appointment, UK Music Chair Tom Watson said: “Jamie is a first-class appointment and brings renewed leadership to UK Music at a vital time for the industry.

“His experience of working at the heart of Government will be invaluable to the industry as we make the case to ministers that our sector needs further support as we return to being a net contributor to the country’s economy."

During his time in Government, Njoku-Goodwin was a special adviser to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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SHANI SETS SAIL FOR LONDON
9/14/20

Shani Gonzales will take the reins at Warner Chappell Music U.K. as Managing Director beginning 10/1. She will continue to hold her existing post as Head of International A&R for the company’s global business.

In her new role, Gonzales reports to Guy Moot. In January, she plans to relocate to London where she will work closely with Kate Alderton, the newly appointed VP of Operations and Finance, and Head of A&R Amber Davis, as well as overseeing the music publisher’s London-based global and regional department heads. She replaces Mike Smith, who exited earlier this year.

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U.K. CHARTS: SOUP IS SERVED
9/11/20

The Rolling Stones have leapt ahead of Declan McKenna to secure this week’s U.K. Official Albums #1 with a reissue of Goats Head Soup (Polydor). Over on singles, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion claim a second week at the top.

Goats Head Soup tops the chart today as it did back in 1973. In doing so, The Stones have set a new record as the first band in Official Chart history to score a #1 across six different decades. The album finished just 800 sales ahead of McKenna, who lands a personal best with Zeros (Columbia) at #2 today.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart,  “WAP” (Atlantic) by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion remains at #1 with a lead of 12,000 sales. Overall this week, it racked up 62,000 chart sales, including 8.1m streams.

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